hardware startups

  • Meet the 8th class of hardware startups from HAX

    Meet the 8th class of hardware startups from HAX

    An accelerator called HAX held its 8th Demo Day for hardware startups in San Francisco yesterday. Best known for bringing companies in its portfolio to Shenzhen, China for about 15 weeks to get to know everything they can about manufacturing there, Hax is funded by SOS Ventures. The firm spins out accelerators to focus on different problems or technologies about every two years and is also… Read More

  • Build your brand, and they will come Crunch Network

    Build your brand, and they will come

    To achieve market scale along the lines of GoPro and Fitbit, effectively working with big retailers is a necessary part of the process. Despite the growth of online channels, more than 90 percent of the $200 billion U.S. consumer electronics sales still comes from brick-and-mortar stores. Read More

  • An insider’s handbook for IoT startups Crunch Network

    An insider’s handbook for IoT startups

    Tips are everywhere. There’s an abundance of generic advice available for how to build teams and culture, how to fundraise, how to be productive, how to stay above the noise… But what about specific advice? Specific tips for what differentiates the leaders from the followers. And even more specifically, a guide to differentiate and succeed as a hardware startup. Read More

  • Hardware is hard: How we built a hardware startup with two engineers and some free time Crunch Network

    Hardware is hard: How we built a hardware startup with two engineers and some free time

    Hardware is hard. Building a hardware startup is even harder. The good news is that the staggering amount of innovation in rapid prototyping, 3D printing and backend-as-a-service platforms has made hardware development move at Internet-development speeds. It’s not easy, but it is faster. Read More

  • 3 pitfalls that can sink any crowdfunded hardware startup Crunch Network

    3 pitfalls that can sink any crowdfunded hardware startup

    You might have noticed something puzzling if you’ve been keeping an eye on the crowdfunding space: A large number of seemingly promising crowdfunded hardware startups fail to deliver. The list of high-profile stumbles includes Zano, Kreyos and Jolla, to name a few. Then there are campaigns like the Skarp Razor, which is almost certain to not meet backer expectations — assuming… Read More

  • Who Invests In Hardware Startups? Crunch Network

    Who Invests In Hardware Startups?

    While many angels and VCs are still skittish about hardware startups, there has been a massive renaissance in the hardware-funding ecosystem over the last few years. Since 2010, venture capital investment in hardware startups is up more than 30x. Read More

  • Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things Crunch Network

    Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

    Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

  • Factories Aren’t Dying To Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies Crunch Network

    Factories Aren’t Dying To Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies

    As the Greater China Investment Partner for 500 Startups, I have been finding myself fielding an increasing number of questions about the manufacturing process in China, especially as we see more investments in the hardware and connected devices space. Based in Beijing, I have made numerous trips to southern China in the past year, specifically Shenzhen — I even shared in an… Read More

  • Lemnos Lab's Hardware Focused Warehouse

    Lemnos Labs Raises $20M, Opens 8,000 Sq. Ft. Warehouse To Support Early-Stage Hardware Startups

    Hardware continues to be a hot sector in the startup community, with a number of investment firms backing startups that make physical goods to change the way we live. Lemnos Labs is one of those firms, and it has raised a $20 million fund and opened up a huge new warehouse space to exclusively support early-stage hardware startups. Read More