StartupBus, Product Pricing, and More News for Hardware Entrepreneurs

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StartupBus, Product Pricing, and More News for Hardware Entrepreneurs
StartupBus participants at work, 2012
StartupBus participants at work, 2012

Every week, we come across a wealth of advice and resources for hardware entrepreneurs. Here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

  • Want to get on a bus with a bunch of strangers with whom you’ll conceive, build, and launch a startup in just 72 hours? That’s the premise of StartupBus, a peculiar project that’s currently seeking “buspreneurs” — or, in their words, the “top hackers, hustlers, and hipsters in the world” — for journeys from six locations in North America to Nashville, June 4-8.Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.08.30 AM
  • DC Denison interviewed Nomiku Sous Vide Stick creator Lisa Fetterman, whose immersion circulators let amateur chefs keep food cooking at a precisely regulated temperature. “Cooking and the internet are so natural together, and the Internet of Things is a way to make that happen,” Fetterman said. “It’s actually connecting you to other cooks. I think everybody will benefit if every single piece of technology has this kind of community approach.”Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.10.09 AM
  • Alan Povall, the founder of Product Numbus, penned the first in a series of guest posts for Upverter on how to price a hardware product. In his first post, Povall breaks down pricing for the electronics and enclosure of your device.Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.11.12 AM
  • Bolt founder Ben Einstein has a simple message for hardware entrepreneurs: Don’t forget Christmas. If you’re selling something that people want but don’t need to survive, Einstein say, chances are that in North America, your sales are going to peak around Christmas — and that’s something that hardware startups need to plan for and capitalize on (“Being Jewish, this is an odd thing to say,” he wrote, wrly.)Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.16.57 AM
  • MakingSociety founder Mathilde Berchon released a bare bones eBook last week on the incubators, accelerators, and Makerspaces that could be useful to hardware entrepreneurs. The volume, titled “Hardware Incubators, The Guide,” quickly walks readers through what each type of space can provide, and the rest of the guide is dedicated to profiles of organizations, domestically and abroad, where Maker Pros can go for a leg up.Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.18.21 AM


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Jon Christian is the co-editor of the Maker Pro Newsletter, which covers the intersection between makers and business. He's also written for the Boston Globe, WIRED and The Atlantic.

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