Starting your own electronic-kit business

Voices: 15 steps to starting your own electronic-kit business is an interesting article. This engineer started her own successful electronics-kit business. Limor Fried has made Adafruit Industries into a successful electronics-kit business. You can too. Based on her own experience, she offers 15 practical steps for engineers who dream of starting their own kit business.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Vain joka kolmas Kickstarter-hanke yltää tavoitteeseensa
    https://etn.fi/index.php/13-news/10358-vain-joka-kolmas-kickstarter-hanke-yltaa-tavoitteeseensa

    Joukkorahoitus on erinomainen keino saada mahdollisuus viedä tuotteensa kaupalliseksi, mutta mikään oikotie onneen se ei ole. Talousalaa seuraava Learn Bonds -sivusto on selvittänyt, että yli 60 prosenttia Kickstarter-kampanjoista ei saavuta tavoitteitaan. 12 prosenttia ei kerää lainkaan varoja.

    Vain 37,4 prosenttia saavuttaa tavoitteensa

    Pelialalla on saavutettu parhaat tulokset.

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Myth of the Successful One-Person Business
    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236562

    There was once a time when it was just me. I was providing computer services. I was working a lot of hours. But I wasn’t making any money at it.

    Today, I’m making money. Why? Because I’m supervising 10 people who are providing computer services for me. I’m making money off of them.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Modular Solar-Powered IoT Sensors
    https://hackaday.com/2020/01/19/modular-solar-powered-iot-sensors/

    Bringing a product to market is not easy, if it were everyone would be doing it, and succeeding. The team at Pycno is in the process of launching their second product, a modular solar powered IoT unit called Pulse. It’s always interesting to get an inside look when a company is so open during the development process, and see how they deal with challenges.

    PULSE: BUILDING SMART DEVICES THE SIMPLE WAY
    Control devices through a scriptable engine running on top of a microcontroller. Device has 2 SIMs, 2G, 3G, LTE, WiFi, LoRa, GPS and BT5
    https://hackaday.io/project/167520-pulse-building-smart-devices-the-simple-way

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A Behind The Scenes Look At Small Scale Production
    https://hackaday.com/2020/01/16/a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-small-scale-production/

    Back in 2013, [Karl Lautman] successfully got his kinetic sculpture Primer funded on Kickstarter. As the name implies, you press the big red button on the front of the device, and the mechanical counter at the top will click over to a new prime number for your viewing pleasure. Not exactly a practical gadget, but it does look pretty slick.

    These days you can still by your very own Primer from [Karl], but he tells us that the sales aren’t exactly putting food on the table. At this point, he considers it more of a self-financing hobby. To illustrate just what goes into the creation of one of these beauties, he’s put together a time-lapse video of how one gets built from start to finish, which you can see after the break.

    http://karllautman.com/primer.html

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    You Could Be A Manufacturing Engineer If You Could Only Find The Time
    https://hackaday.com/2020/01/03/you-could-be-a-manufacturing-engineer-if-you-could-only-find-the-time/

    Let’s be honest, Ruth Grace Wong can’t teach you how to be a manufacturing engineer in the span of a twenty minute talk. But no-one can. This is about picking up the skills for a new career without following the traditional education path, and that takes some serious time. But Grace pulled it off, and her talk at the 2019 Hackaday Superconference shares what she learned about reinventing your career path without completely disrupting your life to do so.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBgn4Dwh3Ys&feature=youtu.be

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    You need a minimum viable company, not a minimum viable product
    Having customers love the product is just part of product-market fit
    https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/31/you-need-a-minimum-viable-company-not-a-minimum-viable-product/?tpcc=ECFB2020

    Most successful entrepreneurs and VCs agree that product-market fit is the defining quality of an early-stage startup. Getting to product-market fit allows you to succeed even if you aren’t optimized on other fronts.

    Most entrepreneurs conceptualize product-market fit as the point where some subset of customers love their product’s features. At Floodgate, we forensically analyzed companies that died and concluded this conceptualization is wrong. Many failing companies had features that customers loved.

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What to expect when pitching European VCs
    Do the same best practices still apply when you’re fundraising outside the US?
    https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/07/what-to-expect-when-pitching-european-vcs/

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    For a long time, no robot company had a business model worth funding. “We were no exception,” writes iRobot CEO Colin Angle. “We tried 14 business models before we arrived at one that sustainably worked.”

    Build a Rover, Send It to the Moon, Sell the Movie Rights: 30 Years of iRobot
    https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/home-robots/30-years-of-irobot

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    7 Ways to Quickly Judge the Quality of Your Printed Circuit Board Design
    https://www.hackster.io/news/7-ways-to-quickly-judge-the-quality-of-your-printed-circuit-board-design-b2cc91c6d170

    Although it really takes an expert in PCB design to do a proper full review, there are ways to quickly judge the quality of a PCB design.

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Design vs. manufacturing: A failed directional coupler
    https://www.edn.com/design-vs-manufacturing-a-failed-directional-coupler/

    After running all kinds of exhaustive tests and being very pleased with everything he saw, he opened the unit up to inspect the physical innards. He then discovered that the dielectric board was only half as thick as he had called for, and upon making that discovery, this guy went berserk. Shouting expletives at the top of his lungs, he slammed the coupler prototype down to the floor where it bounced around and came to rest under someone’s desk.

    I don’t know if that coupler project was ever a success or not

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tips From A Former Niche Item Etsy Store
    https://hackaday.com/2020/05/04/tips-from-a-former-niche-item-etsy-store/

    Etsy is a service aimed at providing a way for makers of handmade items to sell them online. [Bithead] closed up shop earlier this year and wrote up an interesting perspective on what did and didn’t work out. The main market for [Bithead]’s store was Star Wars cosplayers, because it all started with some Star Wars inspired com pads

    https://bithead942.wordpress.com/2020/01/01/shutting-down-my-etsy-store/

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Prototyping a Board to Launch
    https://www.hackster.io/news/prototyping-a-board-to-launch-47e2dd08a4e0?2f10c1578a0706e06b6d7db6f0b4a6af

    Learn about the steps that went into prototyping the first nRF9160 FeatherWing board.

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to turn your breadboard rat’s nest into a badass circuit – PCB manufacturing tips
    http://www.engblaze.com/how-to-turn-your-breadboard-rats-nest-into-a-bad-ass-circuit-pcb-manufacturing-tips/

    Printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing is a black art among the DIY community. If you’re putting together a prototype circuit, the process is very well established: get an Arduino or your microcontroller of choice, pick out some components, get a breadboard and wires, and then string everything together. Easy, low cost, and accessible.

    However, what if your project becomes more complex? You can extend breadboard or perf-board work to a point, but the likelihood of making an error grows exponentially with project complexity. Nobody wants to end up with a circuit that looks like this:

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    10 Steps to Get Your IoT Product Manufactured in Less Time
    https://svv.io/2020/03/02/10-steps-to-get-your-iot-device-manufactured/

    Step 1. Determine Your Product Distribution Plan

    Step 2. Decide What to Do Yourself

    Step 3. Build the Budget

    Step 4. Engage Partners to Verify Budget

    Step 5. Outline RASIC Chart

    Step 6. Define the Scope of Work

    Step 6. Define the Scope of Work

    Step 7. Map Your Production Launch Plan

    Step 8. Review & Finalize Contracts

    Step 9. Choose Production Partner(s)

    Step 10. Launch Production & Sustain Success

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