063 - Hardware Startup Tips from a 22 Year Apple Exec - MAKO Design + Invent

063 – Hardware Startup Tips from a 22 Year Apple Exec

MAKO Design + Invent – February 16, 2021

With Author Michael Hageloh

Michael spent 22 years with Apple from 1988 to 2010. He is the author of Live from Cupertino, a book about how Apple created their winning messaging. Michael also was the Managing Director of LittleBits, a great hardware startup success story. He is now the Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Indian River State College. Today Michael is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can learn from the best practices of Apple – Lessons you can apply to your product business, from one of the biggest product companies of all time.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • How Apple used strong product focus, even to sell to literally everyone.
  • How to create messaging around your product like Apple did
  • What the future for the startup hardware industry looks like over the next 20 years.

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Thanks for tuning in! See you next time.

MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to small businesses, startups, 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. Feel free to Contact Us anytime for help with your project.