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Pitch your hardware startup at the Innovation workshop in San Mateo! (and more)

From: Haytham E.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 7:12 PM

Hey hardwarians,

I don't know how they get anything done in California. A couple of sunny days here and I've left my soldering iron collecting dust. Anyway, here are some worthwhile events and resources for you to gaze through while you lay on the outside benches.

1) Make is holding it's second Hardware Innovation Workshop on May 15-16th in San Mateo, CA and I'm definitely going. If you are at the stage of raising money, this might be a really good event to be present at: most of the hardware accelerators will be there, as will investors in the hardware space, including Brad Feld. There will also be a bunch of startups presenting, and you could be one of them: Describe your prototype online for a chance to be selected - entries should be input here: http://prototypepitch.eventbrite.com/

2) I recently read 2 great articles about what it takes to manufacture your hardware product. The first is about when to manufacture in China or USA, or which part of the process to do where. The second describes how apple makes its gadgets. Definitely quality reading on both counts.

3) The MakerPro newsletter is a new newsletter (say that 5 times quickly) which covers the business side of hardware. I definitely recommend it!

4) Finally, one of our own hardware meetup members, Rich Besen, who works for OXO has developed an easy to understand primer about patents from an engineers perspective. Happy watching!

Sorry about the delay announcing the next meetup, but I'm working on it. I just need one more rainy day and I'll be done ;-)

Take care,

Haytham

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