Hear how inventors, entrepreneurs, product startups, and even Shark Tank winners created their inventions and launched their physical product small businesses. Hear how successful founders manage prototyping, product design, manufacturing, marketing, selling, patenting, logistics, and scaling. Learn the A-Z of new product development tailored to startups, inventors, and small product businesses. Hosted by Kevin Mako, founder of Mako Design + Invent, and Filip Valacia.
057 - Spotting Opportunities │Jonathan Schloo
Kevin sits down with Jonathan Schloo, the Founder and Inventor of the Car Generator. An ingenious device, Schloo created the first ever car generator when in need of hydro while camping with his family. Soon after, he recognized that there was an opportunity to build a successful business by helping people power their homes during stormy nights with the cars parked right in their driveway. Throughout the episode, the two discuss how Schloo took his initial invention to a product selling on Amazon and in big box retailers, and all the lessons he learned along the way. First time product founders - this one’s for you.
056 - Mistakes, Opportunities, & Feedback with Kevin Mako
In this episode, we’re changing things up a bit. Phillip introduces you to your new host and sponsor of the show, Kevin Mako, Founder and President of Mako Design + Invent. The two discuss Kevin’s journey into the startup world and his vision for the future of the Product Startup podcast. They also mention the biggest mistakes that early stage product founders can make when building their businesses, how to spot opportunities, and the need for user feedback.
055 - Training Creativity to Get More (and Better) Ideas
This episode is based on the following article: 6 Methods To Generate New Product Ideas and And Kick-Start Your Creativity Many people assume that they aren’t good at coming up with new or creative ideas. They say,
054 - Food-safe Children's Products, Dan & Justin with Milton the Mealtime Companion
We also get into telling a story with your product to increase engagement with consumers.
053 - Manufacturing, Quality & 3D Printing
Today we will focus on manufacturing and quality assurance - answering some of the most popular questions that we get asked. Also, how to know when to call it quits, and how much money or time to invest...
052 - The business model behind custom window coverings, Alice Orozco of Pret-a-Portiere
Competing with companies much larger than her small business and why success isn't straight line.