Stories from the Hardware Startup World w/ Joe Grand (Kingpin)

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Join us for our first Hardware Massive Portland ( event with guest speaker Joe Grand, a legendary hacker, product designer, and the founder of Grand Idea Studio, Inc (

Formerly known as Kingpin, Joe was a member of the influential hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries. He co-founded @stake, an information security firm later acquired by Symantec, and Chumby Industries, which produced one of the first intentionally open and hackable consumer devices. He was a co-host of Discovery Channel's Prototype This (, an engineering entertainment program that followed the real-life build process of a unique prototype each episode, and has been a technical advisor to many hardware startups, including MakerBot and Crowd Supply.

Never one to follow the status quo, Joe has successfully forged his own path doing what he loves to do - hacking, engineering, and teaching. In this session, Joe will share uncensored stories of his experiences being part of, working for, and advising startups. He'll talk about the importance of finding the right people, focusing on a market, choosing funding, and building a business based on passion, not fueled by a quest for fame or riches.


• Food & Drink are sponsored by Crowd Supply, ( the crowdfunding platform for hardware startups.

• Venue is sponsored by JLR Tech Incubator ( Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) operates the Open Software Technology Center (OSTC), a unique state-of-the-art facility in Portland that focuses on In-Vehicle Infotainment.


• 6:00-6:30 Networking with beer, wine & light fare (vegan friendly)

• 6:30-7:00 Opening Remarks & Demos*

• 7:00-7:45 Building Hardware Startups w/ Joe Grand

• 7:45-8:00 Q&A's

• 8:00-9:00 More Networking

**If you want to demo your product, pitch your startup, pitch yourself, or pitch your services in front of the group, please sign up on the sheet here ( You will have approximately 3 minutes to speak. If you don't sign up beforehand, you may still demo at the event if there is time remaining.


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