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Make A Living Doing What You Love:

Make A Living Doing What You Love:
How to Bring Your Project
from Idea to Reality. Presentation given at Codebits, Lisbon, Portugal, on 4-Dec-09.

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Codebits Idea To Reality Codebits Idea To Reality Presentation Transcript

  • Mitch Altman Co-founder of Noisebridge (San Francisco hacker space) Inventor of TV-B-Gone universal remote controls Author of The Brain Machine project (MAKE Magazine #10) CEO of Cornfield Electronics email: [email_address] http://www.CornfieldElectronics.com Codebits December 4, 2009 Make A Living Doing What You Love: How to Bring Your Project from Idea to Reality
  • I Love My Job!
  • Idea to Reality View slide
  • Inventing TV-B-Gone 1. Problem: TVs in public places 2. Idea to solve problem: One-button universal remote control 3. Implementation: TV-B-Gone View slide
  • Ideas: What to Do? ?? ?? or
  • Project of Love
  • Project Questions
    • User Interface?
    • Simple!
    • Physical form?
      • Follow function
    • Color?
    • Implied with function
    • Method for implemention?
    • Simple!
    • Tasks?
    • As few as possible
    • Name?
    • Catchy, Informative, Unique
  • Implementatation Takes way longer than you think! So, make time…
  • Lots To Do! That’s what friends are for
    • Pete – PCB layout design
    • Bob – plastic case
    • John – mechanical drawing for the case
    • Nina – graphics for packaging and website
    • Peter – website and packaging layouts
    • Chris – shopping cart for the website
    • Rod – web-hosting, and other IT stuff
    • Carol – incorporate my company
    • Pat – accounting
    • Penni – bookkeeping
    • Betsy and Jean – publicity
    • Alex and Jeremie – order fulfillment
  • And Things You Didn’t Think Of
    • Bar-code
    • Package design
    • Carton design
    • Trademark ®
    • Lots more stuff for after your product is manufactured!
  • Where To Manufacture? Contract Manufacturer (CM): a company you pay to manufacture your thing
    • My criteria for a good CM :
    • Good quality production
    • Treat their employees well
    • Pay their employees well
    • Have and adhere to safety standards
    • Treat the environment well
    • Give me a price I can afford
    • (including shipping price)
  • Funding $ ?
    • VCs suck!
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process
    • Before assembly line:
    • Order parts that aren’t made at the CM
    • Make plastic cases
    • Print blister-cards
    • Make cartons and carton inserts
    • Make plastic “clam-shells”
    • Make PCBs
    • Automatic manufacture of PCB assembly
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line Project Managers Assembly line
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: Hand Soldering
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: Insert Batteries
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: Insert into housing, with keychain
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: Screw together
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: Test
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: units in clam-shell, with blister-card
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: seal clam-shell
  • A Look At Manufacturing Process Assembly line: package
  • Sell It!
  • Publicity
  • Answer Sales Calls!
  • Customer Support
  • Mitch’s One Rule of Doing Business
  • Mitch’s One Rule of Doing Business (never to be violated!)
  • Mitch’s One Rule of Doing Business (never to be violated!) (Really!):
  • Mitch’s One Rule of Doing Business (never to be violated!) (Really!): (Are you listening?)
  • Mitch’s One Rule of Doing Business (never to be violated!) (Really!): Never do business with people you don’t like!!
  • Running A Business Isn’t All Fun
  • Conclusion: Life: What a Trip!
  • Q & A Codebits December 4, 2009 Make A Living Doing What You Love: How to Bring Your Project From Idea To Reality Mitch Altman Co-founder of Noisebridge (San Francisco hacker space) Inventor of TV-B-Gone universal remote controls Author of The Brain Machine project (MAKE Magazine #10) CEO of Cornfield Electronics email: [email_address] http:// www.CornfieldElectronics.com