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Discuss ways to get product designs off the ground.

At PCS we are passionate about product design, build and test. So we thought, why not share the love.

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  • juan s.

    Our next Meet up is in the works. Here is one topic that seems to have resonance:

    "What to show and to who?"
    Methods for representing value to investors, partners or yourself.

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Jack

      Ultimately for an idea to be "successful" it needs to support some business case. Determining quickly whether or how it does could save a lot of time and money. Helping perform this reality check is a good idea.

      1 · March 10, 2014

    • Mira

      Answering the "Why" question needs to be at the core of all design so the the solution really can support a business case. Good article here on this issue: http://techcrunch.com...­. There are some great links in it.

      March 20, 2014

  • Mira

    I've been meaning to post this for a while. Here are some of the resources that were mentioned during the last meeting:

    1) http://www.materialconnexion.com/
    2) http://kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/03/1000_true_fans.php
    3) http://www.freepatentsonline.com/
    4) https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts
    5) http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-Key/e/B004EHJINU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

    Hope this is useful for anyone who missed the meeting. Looking forward to the next one.

    March 20, 2014

  • Damon M.

    It was definitely what I expected and hoped for. The big problem is that it's tough to talk about product creation, when you have to worry about giving your ideas away. Even sticking to generalities, though, it was beneficial.
    I do think that a series of meetings on more specific topics, like Mike suggested would draw interest. Topics like patenting (on the cheap), working with a prototype contractor, financing, nuts and bolts of incorporating or formalizing partnerships, etc. could be good directed discussion topics. I would like to know more about using 3d printing to generate forms for molds. I got the idea, but I'd like to understand in more detail, to decide whether it's an approach I should consider.

    March 5, 2014

  • Scott T.

    Thanks to everyone who attended (and those who tried). It was a great way for us to kick this off. We will get some details on the next meet-up soon.

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • Jack

    It was a good discussion that included the all-important aspects of sales and marketing to make sure there are buyer for our great new ideas, or great new buyers for age-old products. There was also a good discussion of how to quickly and inexpensively create 3D models for immediate feedback.

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Teresa X. R.

    I had 2 other errands I had to run last night and thought I had time to get to this meet up too. When I started heading in that direction, I could tell by the line of traffic, I would be over 30 min late (I'm still getting used to traffic timing here, being new to the area).
    Will there be another meetup like last night? I'm very interested in this topic as I have a product I need to make a prototype of or 'something' to get it seen to license. I'm also open to meeting up with anyone who attended to give me a debrief? Any takers? I'll buy coffee or something ;-)

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Teresa X. R.

      Thank you Juan... PM coming soon! ;-)

      March 5, 2014

    • Teresa X. R.

      Trying to send you an email but google is telling me its not formatted correctly. Please shoot me one at [masked] and I will reply.

      March 5, 2014

  • Jason R.

    Great event. Would love to see more this year, possibly divvying up the hosting responsibilities around other Seattle pd firms.

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Damon M.

    Thanks very much to PCS for hosting this event. There were some good thoughts and candid perspectives. Just hearing that there are ways to navigate through, or completely avoid, the major challenges was helpful. Also appreciated meeting some experienced people and getting useful book titles.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Eric O.

    Great

    March 4, 2014

  • Skawteo

    I was really looking forward to tonight's event, but unfortunately work is going to keep me away this time.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Scott T.

    I'm really tickled by the response we've gotten to this meetup. We have a nice cross-section of inventors and entrepreneurs with ideas at various stages. We will have more details on the format and agenda soon but I look forward to meeting you all.

    2 · February 3, 2014

  • william d.

    Great to see this kind of much-needed MeetUp in the Seattle area. Things happen faster when you mash up a bunch of creative thinkers!

    2 · January 24, 2014

  • Jack

    In design, we get to learn interesting things. I've removed a gall bladder laproscopically from a pig and climbed around in a planetary cable machine. What weird things have you seen?

    1 · January 23, 2014

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