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Last meetup recap, HW asia tour, and jobs!

From: Haytham E.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 8, 2015 12:08 AM

Dear hardwarians,

I hope you enjoyed the July 4th holiday, that annual day of mourning that we’re no longer British (disclosure: I’m a rather witty Brit).

We have a bunch of things going on in the hardware space, but first, that was one cracker of a meetup last week, right? We had:

  • Astro presenting their take on the smart home with their new product Twist. Twist is a smart LED light bulb with an AirPlay speaker built in, so you can get the best lighting and audio in every room. Get $30 off at when you enter FRIENDS30 at checkout. They’re also looking to hire an Embedded Engineer to join the Twist team.
  • Chris Denney spoke about Worthington Assembly, the contract manufacturer for CircuitHub, offering instant quotes for fully assembled circuit boards.
  • Laurence Wattrus spoke about Hammerhead’s journey through the intricacies of Chinese manufacturing to finally bring their product, the Hammerhead One, to fruition.
  • Sam Cervantes spoke of Solidoodle's growth path since the release of their first 3D printer 4 years ago. They are offering a 10% discount on their latest printer with the code "meetup"!  (This offer will expire in two weeks.)  And they are hiring engineers and a controller.
  • Also, a big thanks to our sponsors, R/GA Accelerator, Microsoft, UL’s Startup Program and MakeSimply.

Events and Opportunities:

  • If you’re raising money for your startup, Docsend has created a great set of statistics about what to expect, how many investors you should talk to and how long it will take.
  • HWTrek is offering hardware startups and creators a unique opportunity to visit manufactures, suppliers, and retail partners in Taiwan and Beijing this August 17-22. HWTrek will award 15 selected creators with US$1,000 airfare sponsorship, hotel accommodations, and a chance to gain firsthand insight into the hardware manufacturing process in Asia with visits to billion-dollar manufacturers that build products for technology leaders such as Apple, Sony, and Nest. The application deadline is July 17th and the details are available here.
  • The Startup Leadership Program is a world-class training program for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become top startup CEOs. SLP Fellows have founded nearly 1000 successful startups & raised more than $450M in funding. I went through this program and it was pretty incredible, both in terms of content and the network. They are holding info sessions in July 13 and July 22 at Cooley (1114 Avenue of Americas), and the application deadline is August 1.
  • Want to try some connected device technology free of charge? Check out - a ConEd program that allows NYC residents to remotely monitor and control their window air conditioners. If you sign up and set up the technology, you can earn cash rewards and the right to keep the technology for free. If not, you return the technology at the end of the summer.


  • Placemeter is an urban intelligence platform. We quantify the movement of modern cities, at scale. We are looking for an Embedded Software Engineer to work on our recently announced sensor, designed to attach easily to a window and runs proprietary Placemeter algorithms to extract data from the scene outside the window.
  • LUXTECH, LLC, a rapidly growing LED Lighting company based in Philadelphia, PA, is seeking candidates for multiple product engineer positions.

Keep building!


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