Boulder Startup Week 2021 Boulder Startup Week 2021

Physical Products

Monday, May 10, 2021

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Happy Hour for Physical Product Addicts!
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Jenney Loper
Jenney Loper
Zebulon Solutions, Director of Operations

One of the great things about BSW is the people you meet, but if you’re developing a physical product it can be difficult to connect with a community and resources relevant to the challenges you face. The reality is your challenges don’t stop at the end of BSW and there continues to be a need to connect with physical product people for guidance, questions, and help. In the shutdown last year, the Physical Products Track launched a Slack workspace for the community – but the community is only as big as the people who make it up, so we are ‘re-launching’ this year. 

We are a group of seasoned veterans who understand the common challenges in creating physical products. So, bring a drink! Or three... and join us (our support group) for conversations and networking for those addicted to making stuff. Email [email protected] about your addiction to receive an invitation to join the (support group) workspace.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Hardware Development: Planning for Failure
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Joseph Steinman
Zebulon Solutions, Sr Mechanical Engineer
Lauren Hafford
Lauren Hafford
Zebulon Solutions, Senior Mechanical Engineer
Jenney Loper
Jenney Loper
Zebulon Solutions, Director of Operations

It’s been said, “Hardware is hard.” There are obviously real challenges with component lead times, engineering resources, cash flow, and Murphy’s Law out to derail development at every turn, but can these difficulties be mitigated? Is “Murphy’s Law” actually due to a lack of defined requirements or foresight about what could go wrong?

In this session, two seasoned product development professionals will be looking at the hardware design cycle and how development risks can be mitigated through engineering analysis and testing during the early development phases. Attendees will walk away with ideas for how to approach their own physical product designs:

•How to effectively capture and communicate requirements

•How to uncover issues early to prevent late-state development derailments

•How to design in ‘hooks’ to more easily resolve late discovery of issues

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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How to Grow Your Online Business with Amazon.com
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Paola Shah
Paola Shah
Tucketts Inc, CEO

Millions of people go to Amazon first when they’re looking to buy something. Amazon's share of the US Ecommerce market is 45%. Becoming an Amazon seller is easy, all you need is a product and some inventory. Growing on Amazon is another story. In this workshop Amazon seller Paola Shah, Founder of Tucketts, and her guests will be sharing their experience selling on Amazon. This event is the opportunity to ask questions, gain insight and leave with a few practical and immediately applicable tips.

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Supply Chain Survival in a Crisis
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Teresa Neeley
Teresa Neeley
Zebulon Solutions, Supply Chain Management
Tracy Ireland
Tracy Ireland
Vergent Products, Chief Operating Officer
Scott Shambo
Scott Shambo
HerdDogg, Inc., VP, Manufacturing & Supply Chain
Axel Marrocco
Axel Marrocco
Metalcraft Ind, BDM

It started with toilet paper. But over the last year we’ve had our everyday lives repeatedly disrupted by supply chain shortages in grocery stores, home improvement stores, etc. In industry, supply chain professionals are always working to ensure there aren’t material shortages for manufacturing. 

This last year has been unprecedented and instead of monitoring a handful of parts on a bill of materials; they are finding they need to monitor most of the components in the design AND the raw materials for the enclosures. One day there are no shortages in the market, the next day multiple components have no inventory and leads times are over 16 weeks. 

Launching a product is difficult enough, but how do you do that amid a pandemic when material lead times in cost seem to be continually increasing? This panel of supply chain professionals and local manufacturers will be discussing what they’ve seen in the last year and how they’ve been able to navigate the rough waters. The tips and tricks they’ll discuss will be useful not only amid a pandemic, but after the global crisis is over.