Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Quirky and E2open; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information and UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. Bass is a maker and spends his spare time building things—from chairs and tables to boats, and most recently, an electric go-kart.
Greg Fisher is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with a focus on hardware and manufacturing. After graduating from UC Berkeley with an engineering degree, Greg worked in the medical device, hard drive storage, ice cream, and professional tools industries in various management, manufacturing, and quality control capacities. His clients included Walmart, MAC Tools, Stanley Tools, Snap-On, Matco, Steelman, Honda and others
Beth is a serial entrepreneur, published author, and former college instructor with over twenty years in the media technology industry in strategy, production and marketing. Beth has founded games and apps companies including Signal 2 Productions, Match Factor and D2S Games, a new and innovative platform that uses smart phones with big screen TVs to play multiplayer games. She is an advisor to many start-ups such as Pear Therapeutics, Grimm Bros Games, Ponga, Digify, Major League Wizardry and the Mobile Monday Momentum Accelerator. Most recently, Beth founded Transmedia SF, an agency/studio/incubator/salon with the aim of accelerating the transmedia revolution across industries and around the world.
Erik Katz is a technology advisor and community organizer who is immersed in the Maker Movement and Hardware startup scene in the Bay Area. He has worked with companies such as TechShop, Maker Media and several start-ups.
Erik is the founder of the non-profit Maker Mart, which produced Makers@theMint, a large scale retail pop-up event at Historic Old Mint in downtown San Francisco which was featured in Forbes.
He is an active participant as a mentor in Peter Thiel’s 20Under20 fellowship program. Erik is currently working with the fast growing payment platform startup, PayNearMe. He co-organizes various meet up groups and continues to organize large-scale events and conferences including HardwareCON3
Dorian Ferlauto saw a gap in the manufacturing industry and decided to build a bridge to connect buyers and suppliers. With over 10 years of experience in product design and working with manufacturers she launched BriteHub in 2013 with the mission to create a centralized marketplace to initiate, educate, and guide the relationships between manufacturers and the people that need their services. BriteHub is committed to leveling the playing field so that people and businesses of all sizes can succeed and grow together. Our mission is to be the heart and hub of the idea to object revolution both in America and abroad.
I've helped organize several events in the Bay Area for hardware and crowdfunding, including: the Hardware Summer Camp, Indiegogo Hardware Bootcamp, Hardware Workshop, and the SF Crowdfunding Meetup. The goal of these events is to help relevant experts educate entrepreneurs through lectures, panel discussions, and office hour sessions.
Over 20 years of leadership in bringing new high technology hardware products to market.
Founder and CEO of the Product Realization Group. PRG is a consortium of Silicon Valley companies that can take your product from idea to scale.
One source for prototype design and build, cost-reducing insights, and scalable manufacturing. Go to market faster, for less money than do-it-yourself. Get a smoother launch and lower costs by 20%. Our 500 clients include medical device, consumer electronic, and high-technology start ups, SMBs, and large companies such as GoPro, EMC, and Intuitive Surgical.
Successful entrepreneur and technology executive. Experience driving market growth, revenues and partnerships for connected devices and smart data companies. Enjoy leading high performance teams with multidisciplinary skills that produce remarkable results. Social media savvy, highly effective networker and "lean start up" practitioner.
Developed Indiegogo campaign for Jibo, raised $2.5MM #1 hardware funded project.
Raised $55MM in venture funding.
Launched (and funded) 3 successful consumer tech companies.
Author of The 2-Year Itch: how to build a successful consumer device company.
Adviser: M17, GAME, popSLATE, NUKO Toys, Blue Anatomy
Board member: Versaic
DEMO God winner 2006 (Pleo)
Mentor: PCH Highway 1 Incubator
Providing services that establish a solid foundation for HW companies during product development and production. We enable successful product launches and timely delivery of quality products that meet cost targets. Consulting on Operations, New Product Introduction, Supply Chain and CM/JDM/ODM Management, Negotiations, and General Management issues.
VP of Ops for Pure Digital (Flip Video) and then COO
VP of Ops and Engineering for Cisco Consumer Products
Advisor to Anki, Romotive, Faraday Bikes, and others
Some master the arc of technologies powering successful products. Others excel at marketing and selling those products in today's diverse marketplaces. Fewer, however, enjoy and succeed in fluidly moving between these worlds. I am, passionately, one of those people.
– Creating amazing products
– Connecting and collaborating with smart people
– Facilitating great teams
– Evangelizing customers to become product protagonists
– Imagineering the future
When I discovered design I was immediately hooked. Nothing beats creating new and innovative things that add value to the world. At Olin I focused on learning how to generalize the already well developed product design process to other usually more ad-hoc creative endeavors such as business and entrepreneurship.
After more than two years in the investment management business, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in order to orbit closer to my passion for the application of design thinking in entrepreneurial contexts. For nearly the last 4 years I've been working as an independent design consultant gaining experience in mechanical design, rapid prototyping, and design for manufacturing.
Specialties: Product design, Mechanical design, Rapid prototyping, Design for manufacturing, Creative process leadership, Business strategy design, CAD, CAM, CNC
Early Stage Venture investments. Highly thesis driven.
Areas of Focus:
* Connected devices and low cost robotics
* Tools that enable engineers
* Data Science that closes the loop
I'm a starter with a Fortune 100 background. I was fortunate to experience startups and exits (software and hardware), few of which I founded, as well as working for Microsoft in Jakarta and Seattle for several years.
Aaron Schwartz co-founded Modify Watches in 2010. He's passionate about customer service and customization – his two favorite companies are Zappos and Threadless. Before Modify, Aaron earned his MBA at Berkeley-Haas and a BA at Columbia University. He worked for Deloitte Consulting for four happy years in NYC and London. But best of all, he's from Cleveland, OH, which he (and many, many others) calls "America's Favorite City".
Bradley Leong is an entrepreneur, marketer, and technology geek. He has crowd-funded a number of products of his own design the most notable of which is Brydge which raised $800K on Kickstarter. He has also done the marketing for a handful of other crowd launches including Tile which raised $2.7M and Wonder Workshop which raised $2.3M. He’s a self-made Maker, designer, and tinkerer. Before working in hardware he was in the film industry and directed two feature films. He now works for Tandem Capital finding and helping hardware startups.
Proven serial entrepreneur, innovator, educator and an accomplished global product management executive with 13+ years of background in mobile, retail and payments industries.
Currently, Ajay is the co-founder and Ceo of www.produk.me, a startup focused on helping consumer hardware companies/brands deliver amazing first impressions for consumer products post sales on mobile. Brands can measure post sales impressions/engagement with their product. The result is superior customer satisfaction, engagement, loyalty, referrals and sales. Additionally, he is the lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Haas school of Business at University of California at Berkeley. Startup advisor to Padloc.co and Ecurv.com.
Previously, he co-founded, led and directed “Modiv Media”, an award winning venture capital funded
company providing time-tested and customer-embraced mobile shopper marketing solutions, that was
acquired by Catalina Marketing. Ajay has also held product and engineering positions at Nokia, Lehman Brothers and MemIQ.
Ajay is an alum of University of Mumbai, East Tennessee State University and Babson College with degrees in computer science and a MBA.
Allen Bell is president and co-founder of SeaTurtle Sports, a leisure sports company that creates, manufactures and markets contemporary outdoor games and accessories in the emerging “social sports” category.
Allen is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record of transforming concepts into viable business models, creating premium brands and building quality management teams. He has over 15 years of experience consulting start-ups and designing programs for business acceleration. Allen is co-founder and former president of The Idea Village, a New Orleans business accelerator recognized internationally for its innovation and leadership in transforming New Orleans into one of the country’s most vibrant entrepreneurial centers. Allen has an extensive media and marketing background. As general manager of New Orleans Net, he launched internet brands NOLA.com and MardiGras.com for parent company, Advance Publications. He was president and founder of marketing agency, StrategyBase, with clients including USA Network, Busch Entertainment, The Weather Channel and Tabasco.
Allen has served as board president for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and was an original board member of Trees Atlanta, today one of the most widely supported non-profits in metro-Atlanta. He is currently a member of the advisory committee for The Idea Village and is on the board of advisors for New Orleans based Life City, an organization promoting sustainability in economic initiatives and personal lifestyle.
Allen frequently guest-lectures and serves as a panel judge at the Tulane University Freeman School of Business, and he was an adjunct professor at the Atlanta Portfolio Center, a nationally acclaimed school for the creative communication arts. Allen earned his BBA from Southern Methodist University’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business.
Adam is the founder and CEO of Faraday Bicycles. Faraday designs exceptional electric bicycles and believes that everyone deserves a commute that's efficient, healthy, sustainable, and fun.
Formerly a senior engineer at IDEO, Adam brings years of expertise in medical device design and biotechnology, as well as a passion for designing considered products and services that responsibly address pressing human needs. In 2010 Adam co-hosted the Emmy Award-winning PBS Kids TV show Design Squad Nation, a nationally broadcast series that showcases real, exceptional kids using engineering and design to turn their dreams into reality.
Adam studied mechanical engineering at Stanford and MIT. Originally hailing from Portland, OR, Adam has ridden, raced, built, wrecked, and advocated for bikes for close to two decades.
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace.
Andra is Director of Industry & Startup Relations at Robohub.org, the global site for news and views on robotics. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture at the University of Sydney, Australia in 2011, building on a background as a robot geek, STEM educator and film-maker.
Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. He worked on a robotic tuna fish at MIT, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro prior to joining iRobot where he was responsible for leading the Roomba team to scale the functional prototype to high volume product of the first 3 million units.
Since founding Dragon Innovation, Scott has enjoyed working with hundreds of companies to provide expertise from DFM to factory selection through project management and sustaining engineering.
Scott received his Bachelors from Dartmouth and Masters from MIT.
Alex Witkowski is a patent attorney and founder at Witkowski Law, a bay area law practice that provides strategic intellectual property counseling and helps develop patent portfolios in electrical, software, information technology, mechanical devices, manufacturing, business methods and other technologies for startups and established companies. He spent 11 years at Intel Corporation where he worked as an engineer on development of three generations of microprocessors and then prosecuted Intel patent applications while being fully sponsored by Intel to attend law school. He holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School, and a law degree from Santa Clara Law School. He is licensed to practice law in California and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Erin is the Director of Marketing at Suitable Technologies, Inc. who builds the Beam Smart Presence System. Beam combines mobility and video conferencing for an immersive communication experience everywhere conversations take place. Erin a product storyteller with robotics experience across academia and industry, from both the Boston and Silicon Valley hotspots, with projects ranging from flexible logistics, supply chain, FDA approval, consumer products, military casualty extraction, assistive devices, Smart Presence (formerly known as "robotic tele-presence"), and warehousing. Erin takes a vested interested in finding ways to catalyze the robotics market by identifying unique value propositions for new robotic products, and by creating community and cooperation between companies and thought leaders.
Servos, 3D Printing, Vision Tracking Cameras and Robot Controllers? Robotics should be easy! After all, it is the future technology of the younger generation. This inspired DJ Sures, founder of EZ-Robot Inc., to create a fun and educational product-line of robot bits which inspire children and adults to build robots with features inspired from science fiction.
Ephraim Lindenbaum is the founder and managing director of Advance Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture investment fund and venture accelerator that invests in seed and early-stage start-ups across three core sectors; Sustainability (AgTech, CleanTech, FoodTech) Mobility (Communications, IoT, Mobile) and Information Technology (Enterprise, Consumer Facing). Founded in 1999, Advance Ventures has consistently achieved meaningful exits with its portfolio companies across its core market sectors.
Mr. Lindenbaum has served as a board member or board advisor to: Acerro, Agnitia Networks(acquired by LeadingEdge), Aviatis, BonTriage, BPG Worldwide, Bright Light Systems, Corvigo(acquired by TMWD), DiveQuest, eSports(acquired by Ositech LTD), Environmental Institute of America, iLoopMobile(acquired by Archer), Inertia Beverage Group(now WineDirect), MerchEngines (acquired by Deluxe) MycoTechnology, Ooba Beverages(acquired by HealthyBrands), Realta Entertainment Group, SiteAudit, Sitebase, Smaato, Solaireo, SolarX, TerraFusion, Tunewear and Workout.com. As a venture development advisor, he has worked with more than 50 companies resulting in accelerated growth and transactions with top-tier Silicon Valley venture funds, private equity firms and in the public markets.
With the tools available today it’s possible like never before for a startup company to take a physical product to market and compete on a global scale. Just as many other resources are coming of age in the space, we are proud to launch Hardware Con 3 as the first conference devoted to providing the experience hardware startups need to be more successful. Hardware Startups need:
Affordable and Convenient
An eminently affordable two day catapult that gives you momentum to take your business to the next level.
Access to Expert Advice
Design, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, finance, legal and more
Access to and Education about Funding
Our investor pitch contest will give insights and feedback about how investors think (and the winner will come away with funding!)
Focused on Business
All activities are designed for creating and growing a startup business
Sales and Exposure
Sell and get exposure for your products at our Expo
Targeted Networking for Potential Team Members and Partners
Connect with others at our CoFounders Lab sponsored Team Building event
Connect with hardware startups and professionals who have experienced the path before you or provide guidance to those getting started
Attend the many speaking and panel activities to hear from leading experts
To ensure a tight focus, each attendee will be vetted to ensure they are directly involved in working on a hardware startup or provide services and have experiences with helping hardware start-ups take products to market.
HW Expert Walkthrough:
An expert panel from separate disciplines walks the audience through the process of building a hardware business. The product idea will be crowdsourced from the live participants and taken from ideation through design, manufacturing, funding and distribution to get an indepth look at a theoretical case study. See how our experts pivot their model and work together to overcome obstacles we put in their way! The main take-away is aiming to show the difference between building a business versus building a product, the many nuances that experts will consider, and the ways they adapt in order to achieve hardware startup greatness.
Sponsored by Co-Founders Lab, this is the place to find your perfect partner. Come with an idea of the skills you are looking for, or what you have to offer and access the Co-Founders Lab platform to ensure you: possess complimentary skills, have compatible personalities goals and values, and utilize proprietary tools to ensure your partnership lasts.
A room full of experts with no barriers! An expert will host each table in the room with a sign signifying their expertise. Simply walk up to join their group and hear them answer questions on the subject from other founders and get your own questions answered. When you’ve got the answers you came for, stay to learn more on the subject or move on to the next expert. Some of the areas of expertise that will be covered include: marketing, design review, website/SEO, DFMA, manufacturing, legal, funding/crowdfunding, PR, messaging, branding, distribution…
In-depth and personal one-on-one time with the leading experts in their fields. Mentors and times will assigned to participants before the event begins to ensure you know how to prepare and make the most of this opportunity.
Practice your pitch in front of investors and get exposure in front of the entire HC3 crowd.
On-site expo where you can show your wares in front of the particpants and media. Engage the crowd and sell your product!
Expert Jam Sessions:
Ten minute jam sessions with expert feedback on stage. One or two minutes to introduce the company and any specific questions they have followed up by the experts’ take and suggestions on the model and best path forward. War stories from the experts during the transitions!