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Tips From Our Senior Product Strategist, Ryan Davidson

MAKO’s Product Development Agency Guides Inventors 

Ever wonder what happens when you book an appointment with our product development agency? Here is our Senior Product Strategist, Ryan Davidson to give you the 411 on our consultation process. We sat down with Ryan to get an insider scoop on the advice he gives to new clients in their initial meeting, the best strategy he thinks they should take and the advice he offers to new startups who have an invention idea they wish to develop.

First question; what is generally the demographic of new inventors who come to our product development agency?

“I speak with people of all demographics. Whether you’re retired, or still a student; I’ve actually spoken with several children and their parents. We get a wide range, it doesn’t really matter your ethnicity, your age, your religion–it’s everyone coming together. Everyone’s got a product idea at some point, which is pretty great.”

 

 

Why Ryan Loves Working at MAKO

 By hearing so many different ideas every day, Ryan has developed a keen sense of what makes a great inventor and the important factors they need to have in order to be successful. He’s genuinely interested in listening to you explain and elaborate on your idea and he’s willing to hear you out.

“Everyday I hear about 10 to 12 (ideas) maybe on average. I hear small ideas that are very simple and big ideas that are very innovative and complex sometimes. That’s the core of my job, that’s what I like the most about working at this product development agency. We’re very passionate people here, we really want to understand your product so that we can help you with your eventual business, which is key.”  

 

 So, what is the best strategy for new inventors that come to you?

“Well, I think for anyone who’s starting off with a strategy around coming out with a new product is keeping it simple, to begin with, and really having a goal in sight. Both Kevin (Mako) and I are able to understand your business goal first; how do we reach your business goal through the development of your product? We can work with you and kinda come up with a customized plan. Going back to that, I think it’s really key to keep the product simple, to begin with, keep the costs down and obviously the time to market down. With any new invention time, to market is very crucial and because we work with startups (that make up probably 80-90% of our overall product development agency) we understand that timelines are really key. We’re always trying to keep the product simple, to begin with, and get you to market as quickly as possible.”

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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