Inventors Launchpad Podcast: A Conversation with MAKO’s President

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.  

About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!

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