142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas

142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas

September 21, 2022

With Mike Deigan, VP of Global Link Sourcing

Hosted by Kevin Mako of MAKO Design + Invent

142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas
142: Preparing Your Product for Manufacturing Overseas

Mike Deigan is Vice President at Global Link Sourcing. He has been working for 10 years on sourcing products and consulting on products for 15 years before that. Global Link has helped with manufacturing well over 100 products for hardware companies, leading to tens of millions of their sourced products selling around the world. Today Mike is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can understand how to prepare your product’s development to get it ready to present to overseas manufacturing partners and the pros and cons of sourcing through an agency and sourcing direct with manufacturers in China and elsewhere.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • Preparing your product to work with overseas manufacturing
  • Concept design vs design for manufacturing
  • A design that you can truly use to go to production with
  • Going direct vs through a sourcing company
  • Logistics, time, finding a real factory, financial benefits
  • The problems with finding a manufacturing partner through Alibaba or similar
  • Rectifying issues with a manufacturer.


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Thanks for tuning in! See you next time.

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!