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Hi this is Scott Tarcy and welcome to the Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

I’m a mechanical engineer and the president of CADdesignhelp.com. My company does CAD work and prototyping. I love designing and inventing products and creating businesses around that activity.

There are many podcasts out there about entrepreneurship and a few about inventing, but I have yet to find a podcast specifically about the engineering and technical side of entrepreneurship

Since I couldn’t find the exact podcast that interests me as a design engineer and entrepreneur, I decided to go out and create it myself

My strategy with this podcast is to interview engineers, designers and inventors who have created businesses around their inventions and products

I specifically want to focus on the engineering and design side of their products and inventions

The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast Scott Tarcy

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Hi this is Scott Tarcy and welcome to the Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

I’m a mechanical engineer and the president of CADdesignhelp.com. My company does CAD work and prototyping. I love designing and inventing products and creating businesses around that activity.

There are many podcasts out there about entrepreneurship and a few about inventing, but I have yet to find a podcast specifically about the engineering and technical side of entrepreneurship

Since I couldn’t find the exact podcast that interests me as a design engineer and entrepreneur, I decided to go out and create it myself

My strategy with this podcast is to interview engineers, designers and inventors who have created businesses around their inventions and products

I specifically want to focus on the engineering and design side of their products and inventions

    Polish Entrepreneur and Investor in Africa – Marek Zmysłowski – Ep82

    Polish Entrepreneur and Investor in Africa – Marek Zmysłowski – Ep82

    Polish Entrepreneur and Investor in Africa – Marek Zmysłowski – Ep82
    Marek is from Poland and started his career as an entrepreneur in Africa.
    He co-founded Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group and HotelOnline.co – a Travel Technology Company.
    After this he started his own travel company and got int some trouble with competitors when they made false claims to Interpol. He wrote a book all about this crazy experience. Check it out: Chasingblackunicorns.com
    After he got through that mess, he started working with a Swedish company making solar powered roofs for homes. These are not just solar panels, but the actual roof itself is one big solar panel. That company is sunroof.se. These roofs can power the entire home, completely removing one’s need to rely on the grid for power.
    Number one tip:
    Marek’s biggest problem is lack of technical knowledge. Even if you have dreams of becoming entrepreneur, finish your studies. Work as engineer for some time, it will give you an amazing advantage; he went in entrepreneurship too fast
    Contact info:
    Twitter: @marekchinedu
    Instagram: @marekchinedu
     
    The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com
    Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

    • 43 min
    Classicbot Toys – Philip Lee– Ep81

    Classicbot Toys – Philip Lee– Ep81

    Classicbot Toys – Philip Lee– Ep81 

    Philip Lee is a self-taught toy designer from Hong Kong. He was an experienced advertising creative who always wanted to make his own toy. So, in December 2016 Philip started his own company Playsometoys, and debuted his first toy Classicbot Classic. 

    The Classicbot looks like the old Macintosh computer from the 80’s, but with arms, legs and a face. His latest project is the iBoy which looks like the original iPod but also with arms, legs and so on.  

    These toys do not function as a computer or music player but that was not his goal. He wanted to create a fun toy that looked like classic Apple products.   

    The iBoy has some more functionality than the Classicbot Classic. The arms and legs are magnetic, and it has a chrome finish on the back. The parts are made by injection molding in ABS plastic. 

    Philip did a lot of the design work himself using Cinema 4D. Then his factory would take his files and refine them for final production. 

    Philip’s top tips: 

    For people who work on getting out their first thing:  

    When you create something, it needs to be something that you feel attached to. It’s a long process, you have to stick with it for a long time for it to be successful. Your passion will resonate with other people. Promotion: social media is a must-have for anyone who wants to start their own brand Running Facebook ads is a good idea Doing simple PR with influencers in the niche 
     
     

     
     
     
     

    Contact info: 


    https://www.facebook.com/classicbot/  https://www.instagram.com/classicbot_toy/  https://twitter.com/Classicbot_toy  email: info@playsometoys.com  https://classicbot.com/  The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com 

    Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp 

    • 30 min
    The Audio Injector Invention – Matt Flax – Ep80

    The Audio Injector Invention – Matt Flax – Ep80

    The Audio Injector Invention – Matt Flax – Ep80 

    Matt is an entrepreneur running his own company, FlatMax Studios.  

    He has recently invented an Audio Injector product and is raising money on kickstarter. 

    We discussed the technology of soundcards. 

    Matt’s invention isolated the desired sound from the noise of the computer by use of magnetic fields, instead of using electrical signals (electrons). 

    Matt’s number one tip: If you have an invention, don’t let it sit on the shelf too long. Just get it out there. 

    Contact info: 

    http://www.audioinjector.net/ 

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/flatmax/audio-injector-isolated-dac-and-adc 

    • 31 min
    Makeway, The Marble Wall Game – Elyasaf Shweka – Ep79

    Makeway, The Marble Wall Game – Elyasaf Shweka – Ep79

    Makeway, The Marble Wall Game – Elyasaf Shweka – Ep79 

    Elyasaf is an Industrial Designer and a self-taught Carpenter. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel and has his own small wood work shop. He is the creator the amazing Makeway marble wall game.  

    His family ran a construction company and Elyasaf worked there as a project manager. However, his passion was in design and creation. 

    He started working with wood and creating YouTube videos about how to create different products from wood. He even created a wood cajone (a type of drum). 

    He tried to create a business around the wood working passion. He was creating various projects but his products were not selling. 

    So next he started the Makeway game. It started with his own fascination with clock works, gears, and things moving in interesting ways. 

    After 2 years of full-time effort, using his own designs and 2 Prusa printers, he completed the full game. (you really need to go to his kickstarter campaign and watch the video to fully appreciate how cool it is). 

    Next he launched his still-running (as of April 2020) Kickstarter campaign. We talk about all the steps he took to launch a campaign that is already super successful (over $1 million raised). 

    I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and learned a few new things as well 

     

    Number one tip: 

    Value good design, bad design is very obvious 

     

    Contact: 

    Email: shwekwek@gmail.com 

    Kickstarter campaign: https://kicks.to/try1/Mvpkz7V

     

    The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com 

    Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp 

     

    • 46 min
    Don’t Wait too Long to Apply for your Patent– Devin Miller – Ep78

    Don’t Wait too Long to Apply for your Patent– Devin Miller – Ep78

    Don’t Wait too Long to Apply for your Patent– Devin Miller – Ep78
     
    Devin is a patent attorney and the founder of Miller IP Law that focuses on startups and small businesses.
    He found a gap in the startup/small business area for a need in intellectual property (IP).
    When you work with Devin, he generally has 2 scenario’s his customer is in:
    Scenario 1: have an invention before you get to investors
    Scenario 2: more of a lifestyle product; branding is more important than patent
    Some other areas we discuss:
    What the Patent office looks at: Novelty - Obviousness - take 2 or more things and combine in an obvious way  
    Software patents Example: 2+2=4
    If all you did was putting this on a computer, it is not patentable
    What to do If you get a rejection PTAB and what they do  
    Devin’s number one tip: Decide how does your IP fit into the business? Maybe it is better to focus on branding over IP. Sometimes you need a patent and sometimes you don’t
     
    Contact info (He offers free 30 minute strategy session)
    Phone: 801-82-8446 Email : devin@millerIPL.com millerIPL.com  
     

    The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com
    Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

     

    • 30 min
    Automatic Ocean Cleaning Device, The Seabin Project – Pete Ceglinski – Ep77

    Automatic Ocean Cleaning Device, The Seabin Project – Pete Ceglinski – Ep77

    Automatic Ocean Cleaning Device, The Seabin Project – Pete Ceglinski – Ep77
     
    Peter Ceglinski  is the CEO and Co-founder of the Seabin product and company. The Seabin is a floating trash can that skims the surface of the water.
    Peter’s background is he is trained as a product designer with experience in injection molding.
    The inspiration for his invention came from the thought: If we have trash cans on land, why not put them in water
    The device works but skimming plastic pollution and marine liter in the water from the surface, pulling it into the bin.
    We discuss many aspects of the project, from technical to funding to intellectual property (they are patent pending in 7 countries including the United States).
    If you are interested, they are taking on investors now. For a low amount of money ($250 minimum), you can be an equity holder in the company.
    Number one tip: if you got an idea, and you want to do it. Go for it, but make a plan and save your money
    Contact info:
     
    Email : contact@seabinproject.com https://seabinproject.com/  
    The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com

     

    Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp

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