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2016
Whether it’s introducing a product for the first time or creating the next generation of an existing device, the development phase is the backbone of any technology initiative. At best, it can be a creative and exciting endeavor that helps to set your product apart and get your target audience truly invested in what you’re doing. However, it can also end in disaster if you fail to take the correct approach.   To avoid a development disaster, here are some key considerations th ...
  The startup market is an increasingly crowded and competitive field. No matter how good your product us, if you're an individual or small business, breaking out of the pack requires contacts and resources that you may well find difficult to come by without assistance.   Engineering incubators are accelerator programs that work with hardware enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to guide them through the startup process, providing the advice, funding and resources they need to help their v ...
  Michael Ratcliffe is a commercial manager and systems engineer for Aquaponics Lab, a collective of developers, makers, designers and engineers committed to supporting technology for the production of healthy, sustainable and locally sourced food.   He also works with many businesses and and establishments in the North West of England, including:   Delivering crash courses in technology developments for local prisons Helping manufacturing businesses to achieve Six Sigma pro ...
The Unicorn Club is a term used to refer to the illustrious selection of startups that are valued at $1 billion or more. From Uber to Airbnb, the members of the Unicorn club represent an impressive who's who of the world's fastest-growing companies. Fortune Magazine keeps a Unicorn List, the closest thing to an official rolodex of venture-backed tech companies that have hit the illustrious 10-figure valuation.   Providing inspiration for any number of tech entrepreneurs with an idea and a ...
  Is there any substitute for professional training? Looking at the achievements of decorated innovators like Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Marissa Mayer, you might not think so. But in local communities it's often the self-taught engineers and makers who are making the most meaningful impact, by developing new solutions to problems they've faced or identified personally.   How are they doing it? Here are three stories of makers who are made a difference by following their own path.. ...
  For many newly qualified engineers, freelance work is a way to get a foot in the door and gain first-hand industry experience before accepting a full-time position. Not only do freelance projects enable engineers to test the waters, they can also help them to determine the types of work that play to their strengths and start building a portfolio. More experienced engineers can also use freelance work to branch out into new territory and potentially shift the direction of their career. &# ...
I read a lot. In my personal life, I wake up early to walk down to a local Starbucks to get a cup o' joe and a New York Times. (I eschew subscribing to the NYT digital edition for my Kindle only because not doing so forces me get up early, take a walk, engage in life, watch people walk their dogs, say hello to the retired man who is always sitting on his porch near my apartment house, and feed my reading habit. Recently, I read a fascinating story about gigantic wind generators off the coast of ...