My email has been full from all your ideas and suggestions of your needs as a hardware start-up, thank you. The diversity of the group and needs was vast. Some folks wanted knowledge on how to start a startup, others needed ideas on how to grow and market, and there were those that mere seasoned pro’s that wanted deeper dives into technology.
It was split down two paths:
1. people wanting info on the business aspects
2. and leaning a little more towards technical training
So, we’ll try to meet most of these diverse requirements with the following format the meetup.
25-30 minute business knowledge speaker, with very short Q & A
25-30 minute technical knowledge speaker, with very short Q & A
15 minute presentation of few local startup product presentations
Follow up Q & A with speakers after conclusion
Plus, we are going to have some deeper dive training during the day in both business and technical knowledge. More to come.
Austin Hardware Startup’s plan for the monthly presentations and the program for January 19th is going to be great. The hardware technology presentation may have a scheduling conflict, but will try to have a replacement.
Business Knowledge Speaker
The insiders view of working with an industrial design firm!
Industrial design and detailed mechanical engineering for electronic products is a key element in the design and ultimately the sales of every hardware product. It merges the appearance, touch and feel, user interface, functional hardware assemblies and electronic interactions into "one" cohesive finished product. If you are considering using a consulting firm for these services wouldn’t you like to have a good idea of what they can do for YOU and how much it may cost BEFORE you contact them? Would it help you to understand a little bit more about the consulting design business model and understand their fee and cost structures?
We are pleased to have founding partner Chris Cavello of Mixer Design Group, a leader in high technology product development. They are working with some of the world's best known brands to help create their most exciting and technically demanding electronic products. Their tight, cross-functional technical team operates here in Austin serving the needs of clients like HP, Fiat-Chrysler, Intel, Jawbone, Nest, Oakley, New Balance, Staples and Dell.
Learn about the services and deliverables that consulting firms like Mixer produce to create the most challenging wearable technology and internet of things devices and get a sense of what it costs for various deliverables and why. With this short talk you will be able to approach even the biggest and best firms with your concept with the experience and knowledge it takes for them to take you seriously and if your story is compelling and the timing is right, they may even do the work at a significant discount!
Chris Cavello founded Mixer Design Group with his partners in 2002. He has been guiding Mixer’s research, strategy and design efforts earning numerous design and utility patents. He also worked at Apple, Lunar Design and Dell. He studied Industrial Design at Pratt Institute and the Domus Academy in Milan. Chris also holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Stanford University.
Technology Knowledge Speaker - to be announced
There alive! intelligent robot creatures that feel organic and alive.