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Turning inspiration into a tangible product takes time and discipline. Thinking about manufacturing at this stage will help save time later when you’re ready to work with us.

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New In Product Planner: The Issues Report

  Every team starts off with a Bill Of Materials (BOM) in a spreadsheet.  Whenever there's a heavy reliance on custom spreadsheets in any business it ...

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Product Planner: Empowering Hardware Companies with Hardware Insights

Less than a year ago, we introduced the Dragon Standard BOM to give the hardware community a professional grade BOM template that helps them get start...

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Top 10 Manufacturing Reasons Hardware Companies Fail

Having worked with hundreds of hardware companies and startups over the course of many years, you can say at Dragon Innovation that we've seen it all....

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Factory Audits: A Manufacturing Sanity Check

We often use the analogy that picking a Contract Manufacturer (CM) is like picking a spouse; you are going to be together for better or for worse and ...

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Understanding Gross Margin in Hardware

Recently, Brad Feld published an insightful post on hardware gross margin. As a follow-up, I thought it would be useful to take a deeper dive into thi...

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The Quality Plan - A Critical Piece of the Hardware Puzzle

When introducing the need to create a Quality Plan with our customers, we usually get a combined look of confusion and fear. There is an inherent assu...

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Working with the Big Guys' CM Doesn't Guarantee the Same Results

 

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Can Your Product Marketing Videos Be the Key to Your Specification Document for Manufacturing?

The hardware revolution is changing the way products are marketed, developed, launched, manufactured and sold. The major barriers to entry for startup...

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Introducing the Dragon Standard BOM

Over the last six years since starting Dragon Innovation and Bolt, I’ve talked with thousands of hardware companies and factories about how to start m...

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