Did you know MAKO Design has four offices in the US and Canada? Looking towards our neighbors to the North, we have one office in Toronto. It’s Canada’s largest city and hub for business, finance, technology and culture. In the US, we have offices from coast to coast in Austin, Miami and San Francisco. Although we’re primarily based in North America, we still provide premier product development services worldwide. And Helcim helps us smooth out payment processing across multiple offices. Recently, they reached out to us for an interview. In their chat, our President and Founder, Kevin Mako, shared MAKO’s story and provided payment processing help for inventors.
Helcim | The easier, smarter, and more affordable payment solution.
What separates Helcim from other payment processing companies is their desire to simply provide a better solution. Payment processors act as intermediaries between you, the merchant, and financial institutions. Their job is to handle transactions and ensure you receive your payments. From convenience to pricing to user experience, they’ve made it their mission for businesses to get paid, grow and thrive. Whether a hardware product business sells online or in-store, they’ll eventually need a payment processor to facilitate the transactions.
Now you know a little more about what a payment processing company does. How does Helcim make it easy to get started? Unlike other payment processors, Helcim is strictly pay-as-you-go. Meaning, no contracts, freedom from monthly fees, nor any surprises by hidden charges. Helcim has an entirely transparent processing fee that depends on interchange rate, your service provider, the type of credit card your customer is using and other variables. If you want to know you’re getting the best deal, they also provide a handy rate comparison calculator. Of course, they’ve also got everything that an online store or a physical store needs including POS software, card readers and an online store creator.
Kevin Mako’s Interview with Helcim
In the interview about the growth of MAKO and payment processing help for inventors, Kevin talks about some of the tools he used to grow and scale MAKO Design and how other inventors and product startups can follow suit.
Along with the better fees, we chose Helcim as our payment processor because they shared a similar mindset as us. Like MAKO, Helcim is agile, client-focused and run like a FinTech company rather than the banks of old.
As we mentioned above, while most of our clients are from North America, international clients will hear us in the news, from movie stars or from viral social media posts and get excited about our intimate passion for world-class product development. Helcim makes it so easy for us to process payments from our international clients. Without having to set up different vendors in different cities and in different countries.
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 design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, 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!