• Q and A Mentoring Night

    Capital Factory

    Need answers or help with your hardware startup Come out and get one on one mentoring, and / or have the group give multiple views on how to solve your current needs. No matter what stage your venture is at, pre startup, building prototypes, or trying to generate sales/revenue. Join with others to share your knowledge or challenges. If you need someone with a special skill set to help, message us at the Organizer tab on the left column. Looking forward to seeing you.

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  • Learn the new trends & engineering for electronic SMT passive component design

    As electronic SMT (surface mount technology) continues to get greatly reduced in size and the passive components (resistors, capacitors, etc.) have too. Nathan Bailey of Austin’s only local passive component manufacture Venkel, will give us an overview of all the new trends and engineering behind the reduction. And find out why you shouldn’t be using any large components today. Bio for Nathan Bailey: Education: University of Texas at Arlington (UTA): Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering - May 1990 Nathan Bailey is Director of Engineering at Venkel Ltd. and has been employed there for over 28 years. He specializes in Surface Mount Multilayer monolithic ceramic capacitors and has authored a technical white paper on the “Testing and Measurement Practices of High Capacitance Ceramic Capacitors” along with numerous other comparison guides for MLCCs vs. Polymer Tantalums & Solid Tantalums, Film caps vs. MLCC’s as well reliability assessments of various components. He oversees all Failure Analysis at Venkel and is knowledgeable with failure modes and signatures contained in failed MLCC’s as well as other devices such as thick and thin film SMT resistors. He oversees the entire Venkel catalog and maintains all the series data sheets for the company and is well versed in InDesign. He also has experience in passive component design, testing, material processing and business development for the SMT passive electronic industry. Nathan is an adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Austin Community College for over 27 years and serves on the Board of Directors as President of Lundells Inc. in South Texas which is a large working cattle ranch. He is also is knowledgeable on topic such as R.O.I. and technical aspects for solar farm development and wind energy projects and is currently in the process of negotiating contracts with wind energy companies. Hobbies include golfing, hiking, river rafting, and ranching.

  • Learn the legal fundamentals and more for your hardware startup.

    Andrew Eisenberg will discuss some of the major legal topics that affect every business or startup. In particular, he will discuss issues related to the formation of a company, employment basics, intellectual property concerns, and legal topics related to raising capital. Andrew will discuss common pitfalls and basic dos and don’ts to prevent large issues down the road Andrew believes that a business’s legal structure should reflect the long-term goal of the business. Drawing together practical experience as a startup founder, as well as extensive legal education and experience, Andrew has a holistic view when it comes to ensuring businesses are set up to succeed. He is passionate about start-ups; he has enjoyed the ups and downs of being intimately involved with launching them, and loves the challenges that inevitably pop up along the way. BIO Andrew is a partner with extensive experience in both corporate and intellectual property matters making him the prefect attorney to assist businesses in navigating the complex legal landscape associated with starting a business, developing strategic IP assets, raising capital, and planning for an exit. Andrew draws on wide-ranging expertise gained while working with businesses ranging from high tech start-ups to companies on the Fortune 500 list. He has a clear vision of how businesses small and large develop legal strategies to protect themselves and increase intrinsic value. In the business world, it’s easy to fall victim to legal issues; Andrew doesn’t want people to make unnecessary (and avoidable) mistakes. Seeing businesses – particularly start-ups and small businesses – succeed is Andrew’s definition of job satisfaction. Why? Because he’s been in the business game himself and understands the thrills (and disappointments) that come with starting a new business and seeing the business fail. He has hands-on experience with startups; he’s walked in the shoes of an entrepreneur and understands the sacrifices, long nights, hard work – and legal aspects – of building a business from the ground up. An attorney with an ability to think outside the box and go that extra mile for clients, Andrew is lawyer with a difference – rather than merely telling you where to step, he has experienced walking in your shoes.

  • Q and A Mentoring Night

    Capital Factory

    Need answers or help with your hardware startup Come out and get one on one mentoring, and / or have the group give multiple views on how to solve your current needs. No matter what stage your venture is at, pre startup, building prototypes, or trying to generate sales/revenue. Join with others to share your knowledge or challenges. If you need someone with a special skill set to help, message us at the Organizer tab on the left column. Looking forward to seeing you.

  • Security is critical to the future of a connected world. ARM presents a solution

    Come early for networking with your peers, Speaker starts at 7:00 Secure software update is is critical for IoT success. Devices will often need to operate for 10, 20 years, sometime in remote locations. During this time, device vendor will need to add features, fix bugs, and provide remedies when a new vulnerability is discovered. For the device to remain secure, all this needs to happen for the whole life-time of the device. Easing the development of IoT (key drivers in the way the key device enablers – Mbed OS, Mbed for X and Mbed stack are developed, the top stack is about the ease of IoT DevOps – these are the key things that allows enterprises to operate, deploy, connect and mange IoT Efficiency – several OS exist with claims that they are suitable for IoT. Mbed OS is the only OS build from the ground up taking into account the power efficiency requirements of constrainted nodes for IoT Security – the foundation of security in the IP – Trustzone and Trustzone-M, uvisor, hardware encryption, random number generation capability all offer a secure, robust foundation for IoT. In IoT there is a vast stack of software and communication layer protocols all the way into the cloud that needs protecting. Mbed offers a platform for this end to end trust model to be established. Productivity – the tools and workflow of our enablers allowed developers to develop quickly SPEAKER Bio: Austin Blackstone, ARM Austin Blackstone is the developer evangelist for the Mbed platform. He enjoys building elegant solutions to complex problems, generally demystifying misconceptions and most importantly getting stuff done.

  • Is Additive Manufacturing for you today or in your future?

    Come find out what the benefits and drawbacks to manufacturing and prototyping with additive technology. You may even be using this technology if you have used a desktop 3D printer for building your products prototype. Learn the basic technologies in use today for producing plastic, ceramic, rubber, metal and even bio-metric parts. If you are an expert or a novice come share your knowledge or questions in an open discussion on this form of manufacturing.

  • Complex Hardware systems - don't make it harder than it is.

    Remember to come early to network with colleagues. Janet and David will present a number of critical lessons from multiple industries - finding the right balance of technology & price, avoiding design pitfalls, and best practices in manufacturing, operations, and supply chain. Examples will be drawn from their combined experience, each highlighting a key lesson and things to do / not to do for the aspiring hardware entrepreneur. As Janet says, "this is not hard, stop making it hard" - the presentation will help break down and simplify a lot of the daunting elements of conceptualizing, defining, designing, testing, and building complex hardware system. David Jedynak Bio David's experience in hardware, software, and systems engineering and technology leadership spans multiple industries: Film, Consumer Automotive, and Aerospace & Defense. In each, he was on the leading-edge of major transitions and modernization of the core technologies and business models - more the same than different. In film, he was on the forefront of the transition of century-old film to digital technologies in Los Angeles. In 2001, he joined start-up PhatNoise (later acquired by Harman) to bring embedded ARM / Linux playback of music in cars before iPods and iTunes. Currently he is the Chief Technology Officer for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, providing leadership across the rugged-deployed defense electronics industry in new and emerging technologies, and leads start-up style entrepreneurial projects in Curtiss-Wright's "Bicycle Shop" (in honor of where the Wright Brothers invented the airplane). David lives in Austin with his family and wife Janet. Janet Jedynak's Bio Janet has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the Aerospace & Defense industry, having worked in all aspects of the operations, manufacturing, program management, and supply chain of Los Angeles-based A&D hardware start-up Vista Controls through and post-acquisition by Curtiss-Wright. She's worked in multiple start-up level A&D companies, and even took time to flip a franchise restaurant for strong profit. She's a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt. Her in-depth knowledge of not just what to build, but how to build it - starting with a napkin sketch - enabled her to build complex and cutting-edge embedded systems in use by the US Department of Defense platforms today, including the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, Stryker Mobile Gun System, and Global Hawk Unmanned Air System. Beyond defense hardware, she built-out complete engineering and manufacturing facilities, and built hardware for Space Shuttle. Janet lives in Austin with her family and husband David.

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  • Learn from Founder/CTO of a successful startup in 2009, 65 patents, exit 2017.

    https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/8/9/1/4/event_469895092.jpegVinit Vinit Singh, PhD will be speaking from experience, he will discuss the life of a startup from start to exit: some decisions that could improve outcomes, some steps that could make outcomes deceptively better (or worse) and some steps that can, with high probability, degrade outcomes. His experience has been in a B2B hardware company but the general takeaways should be transferable to most hardware and software startups. Read his bio to find out why you need to attend this presentation. Vinit Singh BIO: Dr. Vinit Singh is the Founder of SquareTrail, a Technology Strategy & Engineering firm based out of Austin. Earlier, in 2009, he cofounded NuCurrent, where he was the Chief Technology Officer until June 2017. NuCurrent is a leader of thin, printed wireless power transfer solutions. He architected the company’s pivot from medical devices into wireless power, raised venture capital and grew the engineering team by 10x to transform an innovation into a product. Vinit helped NuCurrent develop a portfolio of over 65 patents granted or pending worldwide, leading to NuCurrent being named No. 1 on 2015 Crain’s Chicago Business Eureka Index with the highest per-capita patent output of any company in Illinois, and listed in the top 10 percent overall in patent quality score. He has twice been named a ITA CityLIGHTS Awards “Technologist of the Year” Finalist, which honors individuals whose innovation drives growth in the technology industry and in Illinois. He designed and helped productize a printed resonator for the world’s first AirFuel-Resonance product, which was awarded the Flexi Product Innovation award by the FlexTech Alliance in 2017. A thought leader in wireless power, he has given several invited presentations, including as the keynote, at academic and industry conferences organized by IEEE, Battery Power, Ansys, etc. He has authored over 30 articles in publications ranging from multiple IEEE journals to digital industry publications such as WDD, EDN, Electronic Design and Electronics Cooling. Vinit received his BS from Indian Institute of Technology and PhD in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. While attending the university, he developed wireless telemetry systems for the world’s first Artificial Retina Implant, which was recognized as a 2009 R&D 100 award winner. Vinit considers himself an accidental entrepreneur, a quarter-proficient guitar player, and an avid player of any sport that involves a racket or a cricket bat. He believes that every manager should read the book “Thinking Fast and Slow” to understand that everyone has unrecognized predispositions that could lead them to make sub-optimal decisions. He lives in Austin with his wife and daughter.

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  • Yes, you can build your product here in Texas with local contract manufactures.

    Find out how to work with American Contract Manufactures & how they are competing with overseas manufactures. Come learn the new technologies that are helping us build in the USA. And that there are many factors that go into comparing apples to oranges in manufacturing besides just the cheapest price. The cheapest price many not be as low when you take into consideration the extra insurance, shipping, language issues, opposite working hours, and there is something to be able to talk face to face. When you are a startup you can’t afford it when something goes wrong. Taylor Smith will answer your questions on how to make your builds go smooth. Speaker Bio: Taylor Smith Taylor Smith attended and graduated from Texas A&M. She primarily manages large customers as they go through prototyping to full production as the Enterprise Account Manager for MicroFab in Houston Texas.

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  • How to fund your hardware startup!

    Capital Factory

    • What we'll do Every hardware startup needs funding and it seems to be an never ending struggle to know where to get it and to also know how much to ask for. Come learn the pros and cons of the many different ways to put money into your startup. And learn which one is best for your stage of development. Some of the ways to fund your startup that will be discussed are, self, incubator, angel, private equity, crowd funding, to VC’s, along with many others. An open discussion of where you need help will follow. • What to bring • Important to know