The role of a Product Manager (PM) is incredibly important to any organization and it’s direction moving forward. The Product Manager helps keep the company focused, avoiding “shiny objects” that may appear to be good opportunities but in reality are distractions. Products and enhancements are built and marketed based on market needs, regardless of how great a new innovation may seem. A PM cuts through the noise of hundreds of great ideas and customer requests to guide the organization down a path that results in maximized revenue at minimized cost. It is their role to persuade others to do what’s right for the company.
Josh Elman from Greylock Partners put together a great presentation on the subject and it’s certainly worth a read. Check it out here…….. “Let’s Talk About Product Managers.”
Agility Technologies Corporation ( “Agility Technologies” ), a Vancouver-based product and manufacturing company, today announced that it has been selected to become a industry sponsor for a Capstone project with students in UBC’s ECE department to co-develop a search and rescue product.
UBC’s Capstone Project is a major component of any engineering curriculum and allows students to showcase the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the previous three years of study. The objective is to design a product or service of significance and solve an open-ended problem in electrical or computer engineering.
Agility Technologies is very excited to have been accepted and to have the opportunity to work with some of the smartest engineering students from UBC.
Shenzhen is a relatively new Chinese city purpose-built to cater to electronics manufacturing. If you’re serious about taking any type of consumer electronics product to market — robots, microcontroller-based projects, mobile phones, laptops, internet appliances, 3D printers, etc. — there is only one city where you need to be, and that’s Shenzhen.
Some great tips from Make Magazine for the novice product maker looking to China for manufacturing. Read more…..
Senic YC S13are a hardware startup dedicated to making the interactions between humans and technology more seamless and natural have shared their experience making their first product. They share some great insight as to how difficult it can be to design, build, and market a new product. Check it out here!
With the advent of rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and lower costs associated with machining and custom fabrication, the age of the hardware startup is here. It has become easier to develop a product and get it to market then ever before. Zdnet has a great article on the subject. Have a read…
Getting a new hardware product to market is getting somewhat easier but there are still some difficult challenges to face when going to market. Entrepreneur.com sets out to point out the most common obstacles and how to overcome them. Read more…..
When it comes to manufacturing trends, you might even say that Flexible is the new Fast. Rethink Robotics is introducing “Sawyer” a new robotic arm that has unequalled versatility and a perfect fit for a wide range of industries and applications. Check out MIT’s article on the company and where they’re headed. Read more……