Manufacturing Your
Bluetooth Product
Chris Herbert

CEO
Agenda
• Locating a manufacturer
• What to look for
• 5 Lessons Learned
• Questions…
Who am I?
Chris Herbert
CEO of Phone Halo
Made:
• Wallet TrackR
• StickR TrackR
• Audiovox inSite
• Cobra Tag
Finding A Manufacturer
Finding A Manufacturer
Get an Intro!
Finding A Manufacturer
Reach out to your
network

• Hardware Companies
Finding A Manufacturer
Reach out to your
network

• Hardware Companies
• Maker Community
Finding A Manufacturer
Reach out to your
network

• Hardware Companies
• Maker Community
• Indiegogo/Kickstarter
Community
Finding A Manufacturer
Make Your Intro Great
• 2 Way Sell
• Show Impressive Numbers
• Crowdfunding Campaign
• Monthly Unit Sales
• Distribution D...
What to Look For?
1.Ability to Communicate
•English Speaking
Engineers
•Skype Availability
•Documentation
•Use of Graphics...
2. Previous Customers
•Similar Company Size
•Similar Product
•Similar Order Volume
What to Look For?
3. Key Capabilities
•Can they facilitate shipping?
•Can they facilitate regulatory
testing?
•Can they facilitate DFM?
Pack...
Lessons Learned
1. Don’t use Alibaba
Lessons Learned
1. Don’t use Alibaba
2. Don’t rush through the
manufacturing process
Lessons Learned
1. Don’t use Alibaba
2. Don’t rush through the
manufacturing process
3. Better Documentation
= Better Prod...
Thank You!
Questions?
!
Twitter
@CGherb
!
Email:
chris@phonehalo.com
!
http://www.TheTrackR.com
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Finding a manufacturer for startups, indiegogo, and kickstarter projects

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Launching a kickstarter or indiegogo project is one thing. Taking the crowd funding project to market is another. It seems that lately too many projects are failing at manufacturer. Sadly, most of the these projects are doomed just because they didn't spend the time to find a great manufacturing partner. Here's some tips on how to find a great one.

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Finding a manufacturer for startups, indiegogo, and kickstarter projects

  1. 1. Manufacturing Your Bluetooth Product Chris Herbert
 CEO
  2. 2. Agenda • Locating a manufacturer • What to look for • 5 Lessons Learned • Questions…
  3. 3. Who am I? Chris Herbert CEO of Phone Halo Made: • Wallet TrackR • StickR TrackR • Audiovox inSite • Cobra Tag
  4. 4. Finding A Manufacturer
  5. 5. Finding A Manufacturer
  6. 6. Get an Intro! Finding A Manufacturer
  7. 7. Reach out to your network
 • Hardware Companies Finding A Manufacturer
  8. 8. Reach out to your network
 • Hardware Companies • Maker Community Finding A Manufacturer
  9. 9. Reach out to your network
 • Hardware Companies • Maker Community • Indiegogo/Kickstarter Community Finding A Manufacturer
  10. 10. Make Your Intro Great • 2 Way Sell • Show Impressive Numbers • Crowdfunding Campaign • Monthly Unit Sales • Distribution Deals Finding A Manufacturer
  11. 11. What to Look For? 1.Ability to Communicate •English Speaking Engineers •Skype Availability •Documentation •Use of Graphics •Likable
  12. 12. 2. Previous Customers •Similar Company Size •Similar Product •Similar Order Volume What to Look For?
  13. 13. 3. Key Capabilities •Can they facilitate shipping? •Can they facilitate regulatory testing? •Can they facilitate DFM? Packaging? •Do they charge for samples? What to Look For?
  14. 14. Lessons Learned 1. Don’t use Alibaba
  15. 15. Lessons Learned 1. Don’t use Alibaba 2. Don’t rush through the manufacturing process
  16. 16. Lessons Learned 1. Don’t use Alibaba 2. Don’t rush through the manufacturing process 3. Better Documentation = Better Product
  17. 17. Thank You! Questions? ! Twitter @CGherb ! Email: chris@phonehalo.com ! http://www.TheTrackR.com
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