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THE PRODUCT STARTUP PODCAST

Podcast - From Invention Idea to Store Shelves

The product development industry's #1 podcast. From invention idea to getting onto store shelves, and everything in between. Hear how inventors, product startups, & small manufacturers created their inventions and launched their physical product businesses. Learn from the industry's top industrial designers, mechanical engineers, PCB designers, consumer product managers, manufacturers, patent attorneys, hardware investors, and more. Learn about industrial design / product design, prototyping, 3d printing, additive manufacturing, product manufacturing, marketing, selling, patenting, logistics, and product business scaling. Now hosted by Kevin Mako, one of the keynote leaders of the startup product development industry in North America, founder of Mako Design + Invent, and Masters of Engineering lecturer.

068: Partnership & Funding Legal Considerations for Product Startups

Mako Design + Invent
May 10, 2021

With Brett Colvin, President of Goodlawyer

Brett is the President of Goodlawyer, a law firm tailored specifically to startups. Today Brett is going to share some valuable knowledge on business law considerations for when starting and scaling a hardware startup. There’s two main fields of law for a hardware startup, one, is the intellectual property protection, aka patent law, and the second is business legal issues, things such as partner agreements, Non-disclosures, financing agreements – Today, we’re talking about the latter, legal considerations of your product business itself. What legal considerations should you be making, but almost more importantly, what legal things should you not be spending big bucks on.

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067: Modern Funding Tools for Hardware Product Startups

Mako Design + Invent
April 28, 2021

With Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, CEO of FrontFundr

Peter-Paul is the Founder of FrontFundr, one of North America’s top platforms for equity crowdfunding for startups and small scaling businesses. He is a TedX speaker on Investment Crowdfunding, is a member of the Securities Commission, and is an advisor to both the Private Capital Markets Association and the National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association. Simply put, Peter-Paul is the person to talk to when it comes to crowdfunding capital for a hardware startup. Today, he is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can raise funding to scale their product businesses, especially in modern times as there are a lot more funding opportunities than ever before.

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066: E-Commerce Platforms for Launching a Consumer Product

Mako Design + Invent
March 9, 2021

With Deirdre Tshien, Founder of Growth Boss

Deirdre is the President of Growth Boss, an e-commerce strategy agency. Her team helps product startups scale to 6 and 7 figure online product businesses. Today Deirdre is going to describe which online digital sales platforms are the best for inventors, startups, and small manufacturers that are looking to sell their product directly to end-customers, along with some best practices on those sales platforms.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • What are the different online sales platforms for consumer products
  • What are one of the biggest misconceptions new business owners have when marketing their product directly to consumers?
  • What is human connection and tribe building? What does that even mean?
  • How a hardware product gets sold on e-commerce platforms.

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