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Fundamentals for Startups Friday: Building & Funding a Hardware Business
Fundamentals for Startups Friday: Building & Funding a Hardware Business
WhenFriday, Oct 4, 2019, 12 – 1 p.m.
Campus locationFluke Hall (FLK)
Campus room3rd Floor, Idea Lab
Event typesLectures/Seminars

Building & Funding a Hardware Business
Hardware is hard. When building a hardware business, the margin for error is slim. A minor design change could delay a launch by months, and cost tens – if not hundreds – of thousands of dollars. Product market fit is essential. Supply chain, execution, and timing are critical. Come listen to Chrissy Meyer, partner at Root Ventures, explain the unique challenges of the hardware industry and how to navigate them in order to build a successful startup.


  • Building a budget & schedule
  • Pitching your hardware business
  • Common pitfalls to avoid
Chrissy Meyer
Chrissy has spent the past decade taking hardware products from early concept through high-volume production. After getting her MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, she led several projects at Apple and Square. She was also a founding team member at Pearl Automation, a vehicle technology startup. She has developed products that have shipped tens of millions of units, and she spent over a year on the ground in Asia working closely with manufacturers and suppliers. Chrissy is currently a partner at Root Ventures, a seed-stage hard tech venture capital firm. At Root, she invests in deeply technical teams that are solving problems in robotics, hardware, industrial automation, AI, and machine learning. Read more about Chrissy Meyer on LinkedIn.                                                                                                                   
Fundamentals for Startups is a weekly one-hour lecture series featuring notable experts who share startup-related information, experience, and insights with our entrepreneurial community. From raising capital to scaling to exit strategies, these seasoned guest speakers deliver valuable content designed to help startups and entrepreneurs thrive. Lectures are typically 30-40 mins, followed by open Q&A.

Each lecture is filmed, live streamed and archived on CoMotion’s Startup Training Videos page.

Light refreshments will be served. These lectures are open to the public and you do not have to be currently affiliated with the UW or a startup to join. We hope to see you there!…
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