Hardware Hacking: From DIY to Revenue

A session at SXSW Interactive 2013

Monday 11th March, 2013

12:30pm to 1:30pm (CST)

Everyone talks about software, so this panel will look at how to launch a HARDWARE company. Conventional wisdom is that hardware is hard, but there's a growing community of makers turning their ideas into businesses, and a proliferation of resources to help them do it. Panel experts will discuss their experience at each step of the process, from initial idea to fundraising to taking the product to market.

About the speakers

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David Lang

Co-Founder, OpenROV

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Nick Pinkston

Founder, Plethora

Nick is the founder of Plethora - a rapid manufacturing service that empowers engineers by directly integrating design tools with flexible manufacturing.

Previously, Nick started CloudFab: the world's first manufacturing-as-a-service API for 3D printing, and also HackPittsburgh: a collective workshop for the makers of Pittsburgh.

Nick's mission is to make developing hardware as easy software by making better tools for design and manufacturing. He also organizes the San Francisco Hardware Startup Meetup, Hardware Startup Unconference and is a mentor for the Thiel "20 Under 20" Fellowship.

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Rachel Kalmar

Founder, Misfit Wearables

Neuroscientist. Data scientist. Entrepreneur. Unicyclist. @Rock_Health, @stanforddschool & @SingularityU alum. Currently at @MisfitWearables.

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Renee DiResta

Assoc, OATV

Associate @ OATV, Maker, former trader. I think about inefficient markets, apps that solve problems, and what to cook for dinner.

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6 attendees

  • David Lang
  • Chris Gerty
  • Rachel Kalmar
  • Nick Pinkston
  • Renee DiResta
  • Alice Taylor

2 trackers

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Time 12:30pm1:30pm CST

Date Mon 11th March 2013


San Jacinto Ballroom, Four Seasons

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