Are you a hardware entrepreneur? Daydreaming of starting your own startup?
We’re smack in the middle of the hardware revolution. Hardware is easier, cheaper, and more accessible than ever before. There’s a massive resurgence among consumers for independently- and startup-designed electronic devices like Pebble, Ouya, and the Oculus Rift. Tech giants like Google and Facebook are acquiring young, crowdfunded startups for billions of dollars.
But before a single person pays you a dollar for your product, you’re going to face a hoard of questions along the way:
- I have an idea for a product. People will pay money for it… right?
- I’m starting from scratch. What kind of tools do I need?
- I’ve hacked together a prototype using an Arduino. Now what?
- I get that DFM is important but how do I actually implement it?
- How do I find the right manufacturer? Do I stay local or go overseas?
- What is an acceptance spec and how do I write one?
- How do I market a hardware product that doesn’t quite exist yet?
- What kind of margin do I set up? How do I appropriately price my hardware product?
And much, much more. More questions than you thought was possible.
But don’t let that dissuade you! Starting any kind of business requires more of your time, effort, and sanity than you could have anticipated for, and hardware is no different. You just need the right playbook, the right guidelines, the right hardware spirit guide to help you at every step.
Here at Upverter, we’ve worked with countless startups to help them bring their ideas to life and successfully reach market. We have a ton of in-house expertise in software, hardware, marketing, and even investor relations to assist fledgling startups get the right boost from the very beginning.
Over the next 52 weeks, Upverter will be releasing actionable posts on how to start your hardware startup from the ground up. We’ll cover everything from defining your customer and concept to running analytics to measure your finished product’s utility and usage. If you’ve ever wanted to start your own hardware startup, sign up for the free course below and follow along every week! We’ll compile and curate the posts into an open-source book in the end so that you can read it, cover-to-cover in one sitting.
This is also a team effort. If you have additional insights, resources, or ideas that could help entrepreneurs start up more efficiently, use the #buildyourstartup hashtag to share!
Ready to jump start your hardware startup?