Conventional wisdom says that hardware is capital intensive, nobody funds it and it takes too long to get to market.
Except that's not true. While everyone was busy with the social media app boom, the ecosystem has completely changed for hardware startups. Development times are shorter, prototyping tools are cheaper, and distribution / sales has fundamentally changed.
Come learn about the tools and trends that are enabling a new generation of hardware startups. Mick Mountz, founder & CEO of Kiva Systems will deliver the keynote -- they built their first prototype for less than $50k and represent the biggest success story in hardware in 2012 (acq. by Amazon for $775M).
Please join us for an insider look at the hardware revolution as told by successful entrepreneurs, leading VC's and up-and-coming startups.
2:00 Check-in & Blossom Coffee
2:15 Opening Remarks
Jeremy Conrad, Co-Founder at Lemnos Labs
Mick Mountz, Founder/CEO at Kiva Systems
3:00 Session #1: The Democratization of Design Tools
Kaustuv De Biswas, Co-Founder at Sunglass.io
Nick Pinkston, Founder at CloudFab
Zak Homuth, Founder at Upverter
Andy Payne, Co-Founder Open Market
3:30 Coffee Break
3:45 Session #2: Funding Hardware: A Blend Of New And Old
Trae Vassallo, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Steve Schlafman, Principal at Lerer Ventures
Ash Patel, Co-Founder at Morado Ventures
Eric Klein, EIR at Lemnos Labs/Managing Director at Klein Venture Partners
4:15 Portfolio Showcase
4:45 Cocktail Hour
When & Where
Lemnos Labs, a hardware incubator based in San Francisco, provides mentorship and resources to talented engineers with innovative ideas and a passion for making things. We believe that advances in rapid prototyping have paved the way for a new generation of hardware startups by reducing the time and resources required to bring a product to market. We aim to lead this charge by accelerating breakthrough technologies that solve real-world problems.