You’ll learn to…

  • Develop branding, marketing, and sales strategies early on

  • Form relationships with the right investment partners

  • Prototype early and often to ensure you're on the right path

  • Understand processes and pitfalls of manufacturing at scale

  • Learn strategies for pricing, marketing, and distribution

  • Be aware of the legal issues your new company may face

The book to read before you pull out your Arduino.
Eric Ries
Eric Ries

Author of The Lean Startup

You need to understand freight forwarding, pricing techniques, the JOBS act, marketing KPIs, open source strategy, brand identity, market sizing, and supply chain management.

Or you need to buy this book.
Dan Shapiro
Dan Shapiro

CEO of Glowforge
Author of Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook

As you start your hardware company, it's worth trading a night's sleep to read this book.
Bre Pettis
Bre Pettis

Makerbot co-founder and former CEO

A fireside chat with Renee DiResta, Brady Forrest and Ryan Vinyard

Building a Hardware Business

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About the authors

Renee DiResta

Renee DiResta (@noupside) is Vice President of Business Development at Haven, a marketplace for ocean freight shipping, and a cofounder of the IoT Syndicate on AngelList. She was previously a Principal at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), where she spent four years as a VC investing in seed-stage technology startups. Prior to OATV, Renee spent seven years an equity derivatives trader at Jane Street Capital, a quantitative proprietary trading firm in NYC. For fun, she plays with data sets, helps run The Maker Map open-source project, and is an avid crafter. Renee holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Political Science from the Honors College of SUNY Stony Brook. She lives on the web at

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest (@brady) runs Highway1, PCH's accelerator. You can see his day-to-day work with hardware startups on Syfy's Bazillion Dollar Club (to be released Fall 2015). He cofounded and shepherds Ignite, a global talk series, and is part of the team currently organizing Ignite SF. He's a Venture Advisor to 500 Startups and helps arts organizations via CAST- Formerly, he worked on a number of things at O'Reilly Media, including the Radar blog, Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0, ETech, and Foo Camp. Most years, you can find him on the playa.

Ryan Vinyard

Ryan Vinyard is the Engineering Lead at Highway1, a hardware-focused startup accelerator located in San Francisco under parent company PCH International. He is a mechanical engineer who came to PCH through its consulting arm Lime Lab, where he developed consumer products for Fortune 500 brands. Previously, Ryan worked at startups in the cleantech and electric vehicle space, where he developed novel powertrain, motor control, and thermal systems. Ryan holds a B.S. in Product Design from Stanford University.