In 2010, I started an exploration project based on a common hardware problem: short battery life in mobile devices. Together with my co-founder, we kicked off a 20 months adventure with two major aspirations: develop smarter charging technology that increases energy efficiency by 30 percent ahead of existing products, as well as research embedded solar technology for energy replenishment.
In the midst of it all, we also kicked-off a successful Kickstarter campaign to help us get going and deliver a retail-ready battery case – a real product.
Looking back at the naivety of what I considered “doable” makes me cringe. I’m one of the many who can tell you how rewarding such a venture can be, but also how challenging, costly and frustrating the process is.
Had my startup not being gobbled by a leading accessories maker in 2012, it would have probably faced bankruptcy. Not because the technology was still young, but simply because I tried to do too much with too little resources. And I didn’t know any of it at the time that turned out problematic down the road.
I’m not trying to scare anyone away, the contrary. I’m here to tell you that you can do it, and to show you how to do it in a way which reduces risk, cost, and frustration.
What you should know about bootstrapping hardware startups
To save you and thousands of other aspiring hardware entrepreneurs a lot of self-inflicted pain, I created The Ultimate Guide To Bootstrapping Hardware Startups. Free to download, share and copy.
This guide aims encourage hardware entrepreneurs with the resources, processes and tips to help you build something out of nothing. It’s a collection of knowledge from seasoned engineers, manufacturing experts, supply chain pros and proven hardware entrepreneurs I either researched or personally know from the likes of XBOX, Kindle, LifeProof, Moment, OtterBox, Highway1, HAXLR8R, Bolt, TI and Apple.
It’s a collection of resources, best practices and experiences that are invaluable for your hardware starters.