FusionNews: A weekly roundup of industry news + trends

by Alumni KaitlinStewart ‎05-02-2014 12:53 PM - edited ‎05-05-2014 12:12 PM

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This recap features startup veterans sharing lessons learned in fulfillment and branding to the challenges of starting a new business that makes power-generating shoe insoles along with key news, events, and resources focused on product design, development, and manufacturing. New posts every Friday.

 

If we missed something or if you have some news to share, post in the comments below or email kaitlin.stewart@autodesk.com.

 

Design:

 

7 Incognito Wearables
Two design trends have emerged with wearables: visible and subtle. Mashable’s list of concealed devices will make you look twice to spot these wearables in the wild.

 

Additive Manufacturing: MakieLab Makes Lasting Impressions with 3D Printing
Alice Taylor, CEO of MakieLab, shares her experience on creating a hit toy through additive manufacturing and advice on building a business.

 

Infographic: Make Your Million Dollar Idea, Part 2
6 key steps to source and manufacture your product design via Line//Shape//Space.

 

Inventing The Future: SolePower
Two former Carnegie Mellon University students transformed a school project into a company that develops power-generating shoe insoles for charging portable electronics.

 

Hardware:

 

6 Things They Don’t Teach You School About Being A Hardware Engineer
Get a new perspective on your newly graduated hire or prepare yourself for your upcoming career with some advice from Upverter.

 

Applications for Highway1’s Fall 2014 Class Are Open
Apply for assistance in transforming an idea to real business with seed funding, a myriad of resources, mentorship network, and more.

 

5 Ways for Hardware Startups to Avoid Product Fulfillment Disasters
Make a fulfillment plan early. Trust us, it pays off.

 

Resources & Events:

 

The Crowdfunding Conundrum
Before you launch a crowdfunding campaign, you should address three issues: cost, quality, and scheduling.

 

Startup Marketing Advice from Nike, Starbucks Vet: ‘Think of your brand as a person’
Marketing wisdom for entrepreneurs on how to build your brand.

 

TechCrunch Disrupt: New York, NY (May 5-7)
Stroll through Startup Alley and be inspired by talks lead by TechCrunch staff, special guest speakers, leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs addressing important topics facing today’s tech landscape. Can’t make it to in-person? Watch the event’s livestreams.

 

Got something for next week’s recap? Email Kaitlin Stewart at kaitlin.stewart@autodesk.com.

 

FusionNews header image courtesy of SolePower

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