Inventors Launchpad Podcast: A Conversation with MAKO’s President, Kevin Mako
An educated thought leader on all things top invention development, our founder Kevin Mako sat down with Carmine Denisco of The Inventors Launchpad Podcast to chat about his accomplishments.
Kevin Mako Talks Top Invention Development
Kevin reveals how he got started as an entrepreneur in the early ’90s. He is humbled to have already had such great success being just 34 years old with top invention development. He reflects on the choices he had to make to get where he is today, some of those being turning down great job offers right out of University. “I had the pick of the litter of good jobs that would help pay down some of that student debt.”, says Mako. Ultimately making the tough decision to move forward with his entrepreneurial spirit.
MAKO’s Business Model Explained
Determined to get his company off the ground, and dedicated to creating this business model that everybody in the industry told him he was nuts to do, Mako pushed forward with top invention development. The concept was simple; take a sophisticated, high-end design and apply it to startups in the product development space. Friends who worked at larger business and marketing firms told him he was crazy. They said that if he wanted to work with startups and inventors, they wouldn’t have any money.
“I think it’s the way that these big design houses are working with startups that is incorrectly matched.”
He expresses how he spent all of his 20’s trying to figure out the ideologies, staffing, and connections with manufacturing and prototyping to create the full ecosystem for MAKO Design + Invent’s top invention development. MAKO’s methodologies cater to startups and have from the beginning; this is the reason we’re able to get so many new product inventions onto the market in a timely manner.
“If you are dedicated and committed to your project, beyond intelligence, even beyond a great idea, even if it’s a mediocre idea–If you are willing to hustle and not worry about the naysayers and push hard, the probability of your success is exponentially greater than almost all of those other things pooled together–Even arguably money”
Our Founder’s Favourite Client Product
“When you look at what MAKO does, and the core of who we are, the community is the blanket that helps with all the different little pieces of the project.” Overall, MAKO’s goal is to help our inventor clients get to the market by aligning the steps they need to take in order to get them there.
Carmine asks Kevin Mako, “What is one of your favourite products that has come out of MAKO?”
“This client came to us a few years ago, and they said ‘Ok, I wanna have this little robot looking thing that has a camera on it with a speaker, that allows you from an app to talk to your dog while you’re at work’, and these guys became wildly successful, sold a ton of product and ended up getting acquired by a company called PetCube. They found this niche, they had a global market to go after and they nailed it. I’m really proud of those guys.”
Listen to the full 1 hour podcast session with Kevin Mako, for more inspiration on developing your product invention idea.
If you have a great new invention and you’d like to learn more about this process, get in touch with MAKO here and visit our website to find out more. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-MAKO and we can set you up on a call with our product analyst.
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
MAKO Design + Invent is a full-service consumer product development firm servicing both high-growth corporate manufacturers and invention startups. With a 25-person team across 3 offices (Austin, England, Toronto), MAKO has complete in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering design and prototyping services. To assist our start-up inventor clients, we also have a subsidiary branch called Mako Invent that, in addition to above, helps start-ups with patenting, strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. For our corporate clients, MAKO Design develops world-class consumer electronics designs through our industrial, mechanical, and electrical design teams.
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