November 14, 2013 at 12:29 am #1136
Hello there !
I am Marco Schwartz, electrical engineer & hardware entrepreneur. The main business I am currently running is around home automation & open-source hardware (http://openhomeautomation.net). I am happy that these forums are available for us to talk about open-source hardware !
One of my idea at the moment is to build a website giving information and advice about how to start & run a hardware startup based on the open-source hardware model. I know that they are successful companies out there that works on this model (Arduino, Adafruit, Sparkfun …) and a lot of people that want to start in that area (looking at the number of projects on Indiegogo & Kickstarter).
The website would be similar in the concept to this one that some of you might know : http://www.ecommercefuel.com which is based on how to build an e-commerce business. The long-term goal would be to create a website where hardware founders can help each other out, but really focused around the business side of things.
I wanted to have the opinion of people from this forum on my idea, for example if you think that there would be some interest from the OSHW community for this kind of website.
November 15, 2013 at 2:50 am #1158
Thanks for the feedback. Indeed it would be great if the big names could collaborate, maybe plan is to involve them first via guest posts and podcast episodes (a bit like the ecommerce website I was mentioning in my first post).
May 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm #1493
Those company your are referring to and some with alike services and ideas, not only made and established their names because of their products and services, but they have chosen the right brand name for their business instead. If you are planning to have better business start up, see this for some tips. Anyway, is the OSHW-based business can be run in different region, example I am from the South East Asia? Will it work just like US base OSHW resource?
May 19, 2014 at 2:49 am #1494
Thanks for your message. I plan to publish content about starting & running an OSHW business from anywhere, as I am a location-independent entrepreneur myself. So definitely, you’ll find resources to run a business if you are located in South East Asia (I am actually just back from Chiang Mai, Thailand).
I also just published my first podcast on the website I mentioned:
May 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm #1495
There is another company helping open hardware businesses:
Here’s a blog post by Lars Zimmerman on the business models / economics of oshw too:
May 21, 2014 at 4:38 am #1505
Thanks for the link! I am also already in touch with Lars Zimmerman, I am really excited about collaborating on some projects with him.
November 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm #1137
I am starting an OSHW-based business myself and I know that this kind of information would be of great value to folks wanting to start in that area. Of course, the site would be best served if you could round up a few of the big guys in business to collaborate…
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by georgebrindeiro.
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