February 25 to March 2, 2019
Monday, February 25 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
FC/Longmont New Tech: Just Because You Have a Great Idea Doesn’t Mean It's Manufacturable

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Shane Barber from Manufacturing's Edge will do a presentation titled: Just Because You Have a Great Idea Doesn’t Mean It's Manufacturable We have all read and heard about the spectacular flameouts that have befallen many well-funded hardware startups. It takes time, a lot of money, immense talent, and expert know-how to bring hardware to market and build a manufacturing company.
Hardware startups don’t get off the ground in 10, 12, or 16 weeks. In that timeframe, you might be able to get through multiple iterations of your prototype, get early customer traction, and work on some DFM (Design For Manufacturability) — but getting from working prototype to even small batch manufacturing is difficult. Some of the primary reasons that hardware manufacturing companies fail include:
  • Creating a design that cannot be manufactured.
  • Not prototyping a design rigorously enough.
  • Failing to control the product cost and gross margin.
  • Not understanding obligations regarding regulatory certifications.
  • Selecting the wrong partner to assist you in manufacturing.
  • Not creating a good quality plan for scalability early in the manufacturing process.
  • Not establishing and/or maintaining a realistic schedule.
So, what does it take to build and grow a manufacturing company? Shane will talk about the four stages in a manufacturing company’s lifecycle and the critical steps necessary for scaling and maturity.

Shane Barber is a respected leadership/management resource who partners to help organizations optimize their workforce strengths and systems design. He specializes in business strategy, organizational design, operations management, and innovation/problem-solving.
Shane leverages 20 years of corporate experience having worked for the Intel Corporation and as a personal business owner. His diverse skills in management/leadership, systems development, human resource management, professional training/instruction, and performance consulting offer his partners a unique set of skills to solve many common business issues.
Shane has a Production Operations Management degree from New Mexico State University. He has received specialized training in Human Resources and Organization Development from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and he is a Certified WorkStyle™ Coach.

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Nathalie Rachline

Co founder, kIT Framework
Nathalie Rachline was Senior Director for IT Planning at Nutrien. She held similar position at Agrium IT from March 2016 until now. Nathalie is also the co founder of kIT Framework, a small Fort Collins company offering IT consulting services to start ups and growing companies. Previously... Read More →

Monday February 25, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm MST