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123: Selling A Hardware Product on B2B Platforms

July 15, 2022

With Gil Bar-Lev, Founder of HomeRoots

Gil Bar-Lev is the founder of Homeroots, a North American Business to Business product marketplace that connects new innovative furniture products with furniture stores, distributors, and buyers. Earlier in his career he was the one who brought together Amazon and Toys R Us, back in 2002. Today Gil is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can successfully build a hardware product business, then how to start and scale selling through B2B marketplaces online.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • Have passion about what you love in your hardware product startup
  • If you develop a product, go all in.
  • Never give up, if you are passionate about your product
  • Figure out your target audience
  • Create differentiation, or an improvement
  • Willingness to listen
  • Pivot if needed, after listening to customers
  • It’s hard to get feedback
  • The quality of a new hardware product is critical.
  • Stay competitive by keeping quality high
  • The industry in business-to-business sales could be multiple times the size of the sexy sales channels like direct to consumer.
  • The first order is so amazing
  • Don’t price to low originally, as you may lose a lot of interest from bigger buyers as you created too little margin
  • Leverage relationships with these buyers when you start getting connected
  • Encourage a feedback loop and channel
  • Don’t get defensive of feedback, try genuinely to help.

EPISODE LINKS

Gil Bar-Lev / HomeRoots Links:

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Kevin Mako Links:

Thanks for tuning in! See you next time.

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