Hardware · IoT- Internet of Things

What are good places to go and look for very early stage hardware startups or companies ?

Sanjay Gupta Confidential

March 18th, 2015

I am working on a solution for hardware startups that can reduce their development time and time to market from 18 months to 3 months. But the key is they are starting new design since I am not sure how many of these comopanies will be abandon their effort half-way and try my solution. So, I need some help from you folks.

Where are these early stage startups ? Most of them are probably not listed anywhere and are probably sweating in their garage.

Any pointers and suggestions are very welcome.

Jessica Alter Entrepreneur & Advisor

March 18th, 2015

I'm a little surprised by this question seems fairly obvious that you can go to a) accelerators b) maker spacers c) crowdfunding sites d) crowdfunding forums e) hardware meetups.
You've got to hustle to talk to potential customer

Aren Kaser Founder and CEO at Igor Institute

March 18th, 2015

Sanjay, Jessica is right on her list of potential areas to reach out to. 

More interesting than your initial question is your company's goal of potentially moving hardware development time to market from 18 months to 3 months. Is there any generic/non-confidential information you would be willing to share with us on how you are planning to do that? That would also inform us on who your target audience is within the startups you are trying to connect with.

Alex Konov

March 18th, 2015

I would recommend to check this out - hackerdojo.com 

Since you are in San Fran, it is not too far from you. That place is in Mountain View, and they have many people / early stage teams who are hacking together some hardware projects.

HTH,
Alex

Per Ljung Founder at LookSee Labs

March 18th, 2015

Approach one of the hardware accelerators like Highway1. They just started their latest group of 12 startups. 

Max Lamb Operations - BD at Qualia Labs, Inc.

March 18th, 2015

Accelerators at colleges and universities could be a good place to start, since they typically provide small amounts of funding at the earliest stages of a startup. You could try contacting entrepreneurship clubs at schools as well, both undergrad and MBA level. Granted, most startups that come out of schools seem to be tech oriented, but I've definitely seen a few hardware ones here and there. At the very least it's a way to spread awareness of your product.

hardwarelover

March 18th, 2015

Hi Sanjay,

I might be able to help out as we have a healthy group of startups using SnapEDA to design electronics. Feel free to private message me

Sanjay Gupta Confidential

March 19th, 2015

Thanks you all !! Great points and pointers. Appreciate it.

Mark Ladd

March 19th, 2015

Check out Catalyze Chicago in downtown Chicago