Hardware Startup Checklists

On July 3, 2014, in In English, by Siim Lepisk

Before you start your hardware startup, make sure you go through these:

  1. Hardware Product Canvas – a business model canvas for hardware startups
  2. How to Prototype Hardware – Tips and Resources – good high-level slidedeck of the hardware prototyping process
  3. Hardware Lifecycle Checklist
  4. Prototype Turn-On Checklist – before you turn on your prototype, check these things

Other useful resources:

  1. Finding the right manufacturer in China - tips on supplier selection
Phases of Hardware Startup (by Upverter)

Phases of Hardware Startup (Source: Upverter)

 

 

 

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5 recruiting tips you might have not thought of

On April 29, 2014, in In English, by Siim Lepisk

Latitude59 panel discussion with people from Skype, Imprimatur and Google revealed some interesting angels on recruiting you might not have thought of:

  1. It’s recruiter’s responsibility to find out what the person is capable of. Otherwise you’ll just hire experience (and CVs can be tricky).
  2. The headhunter will only help if you really know who you’re looking for. And if you can’t find that from your own network.
  3. Choose your hiring channel based on who you’re looking for – whether if you want someone to take over your role, or 12th person to your team.
  4. In background research focus on attitude match with company’s values.
  5. At tough times you need your people to work full time, so they feel their ass is on fire too, not just yours.

And when is the right time to have a dedicated HR unit in your company? If your management is spending too much time on HR tasks, it’s probably time for a dedicated HR skillset.

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Jim Collins’ latest business strategy extravaganza, “Great By Choice” gave a good concept for validating your strategies empirically. Whether it’s a general change in business strategy or a product launch, it all makes a perfect sense.

The concept is “Fire Bullets Then Cannon Balls”

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