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Finally, a hardware accelerator: Bolt's Ben Einstein on a leg up for startups

8/27/2012 01:14 PM EDT
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goafrit
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goafrit   9/1/2012 1:26:25 PM
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It is when you move into some special industries that you have to worry about that. Medical is risky. Defense is a no go area. But consumer, that is still a game.

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goafrit   9/1/2012 1:25:28 PM
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Wow - this is very nice. I hope the VCs will come onboard. I have expected this with the disappointment everyone is seeing in the social media universe.

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Robotics Developer   8/28/2012 9:44:34 PM
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I have thought about starting a hardware company but the initial costs always seemed to be a significant barrier, this hardware accelerator concept is a great one! I wonder if they have considered including as part of the package some shared licenses for tools: schematic capture, PCB layout, simulation, etc. Another thought would be a shared resource pool of prototype services such as PCB layout/fabrication, assembly, test, case design and mold creation. There are a lot of possible creative people that given some funding and services support could be viable start-up candidates. Here is hoping this goes well.

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Kinnar   8/28/2012 11:02:36 AM
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It seems that some remarkable unseen never thought product is about to be developed, electronics really requires this kind of initiative for out of box thinking and products.

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betajet   8/27/2012 2:42:42 PM
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I think the biggest hurdle for any hardware start-up is certification: FCC, UL, CE, Canadian, etc. Certification is very expensive and requires experience to get through the first time. It's no big deal if you're a large company with lots of experience and large volumes. But it can represent a huge expense for a start-up, and the time it takes can be enough to miss the market window, especially if it takes multiple iterations.

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