The Challenges of Hardware and IoT Startups

You and your team have decided to build an unrivaled Hardware and IoT startup. The idea is great, and everyone on your team is passionate about it. Soon after your pitch, you get a local investor or an angel who is ready to open his wallet for your hardware startup needs. You build and test a prototype with the help of industry-leading engineering simulation software obtained through the ANSYS Startup Program, and it works impeccably.So, you start mass production right away and your hardware and IoT startup becomes a phenomena of success.

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EP-5: How to pitch your hardware and IoT startup

In this episode, we talk about pitching and how to master this skill. Knowing how to present your idea is fundamental for every startup but it is even more important when talking about hardware and IoT startups. During the talk, we share some of the best advice that is coming from years of experience. We discuss why it is important to practice pitch regularly, how to create a concise pitch and project your brand, as well as the importance of numbers. We hope you will find this episode informative and will take some tips for your own pitch.

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EP-4: Mechanical systems prototyping with Andy Lee from Sienci Labs

Sienci Labs aims to create low-cost mechanical systems for rapid prototyping tools like CNC machines, 3D printers, and laser cutters accessible for both technical and non-technical makers. In this episode we discuss Sienci Labs origin story that goes back to the study years, as well as their first product of Sienci Mill One and its future, why hardware startups are so challenging, their personal Kickstarter campaign, and what would Andy changed in his path if back then he knew what he does know. He also shares some really interesting insights from his first steps to the entrepreneurship. So, please, enjoy this extremely interesting chat with Andy Lee and be sure to check out their breaking new ground products here.

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EP-3: Fantastic episode with Zheng Han and Lazar Demin o f Onion, makers of the Omega 2 Internet of Things Computer, and the Oboo Smart Clock

Onion is an exciting startup with a strong team of creators who are working hard to democratize access to IoT devices for all makers. Whether you are a student, startup founder or IoT enthusiast, Onion’s products are a game changer.  On this episode, Lazar, Zheng, and I discuss Onion’s origin story, their successful kickstarter campaign, how to manage business-side pressures while focusing on product engineering, favorite books, and the philosophy of Ned Flanders – yes that is a Simpsons character and the connection is an awesome one! Please enjoy this highly entertaining chat with Lazar and Zheng and make sure to check out their innovative products here.

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EP-2: An Interview with Dr. Paul Lethbridge from the ANSYS Startup Program

If you’ve ever wanted an in-depth, personal view into the world of engineering software simulation, this is the discussion for you. Dr. Paul Lethbridge is the Senior Manager of the Academic and Startup Programs for ANSYS, a global leader in engineering simulation and 3D design software. Our conversation touches on the unique benefits of the ANSYS Startup Program, challenges facing hardware startups, and innovative companies such as General Fusion, Airloom Energy, and Future Motion.

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