The Hardware Entrepreneur

The Hardware Entrepreneur
Learn directly from hardware entrepreneurs. The first podcast for building your hardware startup or small-medium-sized company.

#068 - Challenges of small manufacturers to organise their production and inventory, with Kristjan Vilosius of Katana, Estonia
May 15 • 44 min
This episode’s guest is Kistjan Vilosius of Katana, a startup from Estonia. Working at a small-, medium-sized company, or startup you have to wear many hats and it happens often that there are simply not enough people to wear those hats. You have…
#067 - How to speed up your New Product Introduction - Production Line Tool, with Pete Staples of Blue Clover Devices, USA
Feb 13 • 38 min
My podcast guest is Pete Staples, co-founder and president of Blue Clover Devices with locations in San Francisco, Hong Kong and of course, Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of Hardware. This is an episode on some important aspects of production lines and…
#066 - How to apply lean startup principles to hardware, with Ash Maurya of Leanstack, USA
Jan 16 • 41 min
I have a very special guest, one of the pioneers of one of the most popular innovation frameworks these days: the lean startup framework. My guest is Ash Maurya, who along with Eric Ries, did some substantial work in this field, laying the foundations…
#065 - How to care about sustainability to get rid of plastic bottles (and still make a profit), with Moritz Waldstein of Mitte, Germany
Dec 19, 2018 • 34 min
My guest in this episode is Moritz Waldstein-Wartenberg of Mitte from Berlin, Germany. We all drink water, mostly, I guess. I drink it in my tea, usually Fennel Anis Cumin bio tea, I drink it many times per day. Or I consume water in its pure form….
#064 - To transform or not to transform your hardware company to an all agile one next year, with Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Nov 21, 2018 • 12 min
I’m back on this episode and you will hear about the continuation of the topic of the last published episode. What should you do once you know you have a problem worth solving and you validated what solution you should build with all the features?…
#063 - Your (hardware) product is not your product - think in terms of business models, with your host Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Oct 24, 2018 • 18 min
This episode features me and I’ll talk about topics that are especially relevant for technical founders. Your product is not the product. Many of us in high tech entrepreneurship have a technical background, with years of academic training where…
#062 - How a hardware SaaS company wants to help you not get lost in your data during product development, with Michael Corr of Duro Labs, USA
Sep 26, 2018 • 54 min
I had Michael Corr as guest, who is the co-founder and CEO of Duro Labs from LA, southern California. I already had a guest from LA in episode 25, Shaun Arora of Make in LA, the hardware accelerator. Michael is also in a way supporting the hardware…
#061 - RERUN - How to avoid mistakes when building a team - lessons from mentoring 1200+ hardware entrepreneurs, with Alan Clayton of SOSV
Aug 29, 2018 • 43 min
This is a rerun episode after one month of no publishing. As mentioned in the last episode, I changed the publishing frequency to monthly. Why am I doing now a re-release of a past episode? Perhaps you’ve seen the recent report by HAX, the hardware…
#060 - Future global data connectivity without worrying about your costs, with Guy Zbarsky of Keepgo, Israel
Aug 1, 2018 • 49 min
My guest is Guy Zbarsky, co-founder of Keepgo, a firm that has been in business for about a decade. Guy’s company is called Keepgo and this company name already suggests that they want you to keep going, everywhere you want to go to. Some of you…
#059 - Where IoT/AI are heading to - impressions from IoT Tech Expo Europe, with Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Jul 18, 2018 • 15 min
Recently I participated in IoT Tech Expo Europe in Amsterdam on 27-28 June. It was a fascinating event to feel the pulse of the industry, how things stand and where the industry is heading to. In this episode I want to bring you some of the…
#058 - Freedom to work and play anywhere without losing power, with Nancy de Fays of Linedock, USA
Jul 4, 2018 • 40 min
My guest in this episode is Nancy de Fays, one the two co-founders of a company from San Francisco, California, which is called Linedock. Have you ever wanted to work or play from anywhere but you ran into the issue of running out of power for your…
#057 - Kickstarter Post-launch - a home gym challenges the “No pain No gain” crowd, with Joey Atlas of SCULPTAFIT Global, USA
Jun 20, 2018 • 36 min
This is a second recording with Joey Atlas of SCULPTAFIT Global, USA who has had recently a Kickstarter campaign. He is a fitness student, consultant and pioneer. In this second episode you get to hear about the lessons learned from his crowdfunding…
#056 - Not too early, not too late - how to get the timing right for your innovation, with your host Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Jun 6, 2018 • 10 min
I’m back again on the podcast with an episode where I’ll be talking about the timing of innovation. This means I don’t have a guest in this episode. Why do many startup ideas fail, what’s the main reason for it? What are some of the other…
#055 - Why hardware startup ecosystem in Lebanon is becoming interesting, with Raja Younes of Startupsfund, Futuris Technologies, Lebanon
May 23, 2018 • 24 min
This is an interview with Raja Younes of Startupsfund, Futuris Technologies, Lebanon. We wanted to look at the Lebanese startup ecosystem, especially in hardware, so for producing physical products. We don’t hear about Lebanon enough, even though we…
#054 - Kickstarter Pre-launch - a home gym challenges the “No pain No gain” crowd, with Joey Atlas of SCULPTAFIT Global, USA
May 9, 2018 • 55 min
We have a different episode than usual as we’re taking you on a ride on a Kickstarter campaign. My guest was Joey Atlas of SCULPTAFIT Global, from Florida, who is a fitness student, consultant and pioneer. In this set of episodes you get to hear…
#053 - Which one to choose - b2b or b2c for hardware startups, with Balint Horvath, your host, Switzerland
Apr 25, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode I wanted to give you an overview on an essential topic that can make or break your business - the chosen business model. My goal now is to give you an overview of two major business models, B2C (Business to Consumers) and B2B (Business…
#052 - Student (hardware) entrepreneurship in Switzerland and worldwide, with Gregory Inauen of ETH Entrepreneur Club, Switzerland
Apr 11, 2018 • 29 min
My guest this time was Gregory Inauen of the ETH Entrepreneur Club in Zurich, the youngest individual on this podcast so far. Well, why having a student on the show? I think we should talk not only about people who have acquired a lot of success, but…
#051 - Connecting the (hardware) dots, with Greg Fisher of BSG and Hardware Massive, USA
Mar 28, 2018 • 35 min
I had as guest Greg Fisher of Berkeley Sourcing Group (BSG) and Hardware Massive. Greg is very experienced in the hardware field, since he’s been running BSG for more than a decade, assisting more than 900 hardware startups, operating from the US…
#050 - How to get your product found on the internet, with Ashley Faulkes of Mad Lemmings, Switzerland
Mar 14, 2018 • 48 min
I sat down with Ashley Faulkes of Mad Lemmings, who’s passionate about the internet, on how products are showcased and how they can be found. We wanted to address two challenges: how can you bring a visitor to your website and how can you convert…
#049 - RERUN - Elements of building a successful tech business, with (proven) serial entrepreneur Milton Chang of Incubic Venture Fund, USA
Feb 28, 2018 • 39 min
Again, this is a rerun episode so a re-release of the episode with Milton Chang of Incubic. You can find out more about some of the reasons for it in the last episode and in the episode before that. This is another episode that is in the top 5…
#048 - RERUN - How to think like Elon Musk - scrum for hardware, with Joe Justice of WIKISPEED and Scrum Inc, USA
Feb 14, 2018 • 51 min
This is a rerun episode so a re-release of the episode with Joe Justice of WIKISPEED and Scrum Inc. Why a rerun? There are a few reasons for it and I brought up some during the last episode. One of the reasons, as mentioned, has to do with slowing…
#047 - RERUN - How next-generation retail looks like, with Vibhu Norby of b8ta, USA
Jan 31, 2018 • 38 min
This is a rerun episode so a re-release of the episode Vibhu Norby of b8ta. Why am I doing a rerun? Well, there are a few reasons for it. Rather than speed up like what most people do, I want to slow down at the beginning of the year. I am doing some…
#046 - When not to start a startup - how to license your idea (Part 2), with Stephen Key of inventRight, USA
Jan 17, 2018 • 28 min
This episode is Part 2 of my interview with Stephen Key of inventRight. Why two parts? Soon you can learn why I believe this topic deserves special attention. Stephen Key, using a relevant Star Wars terminology, is the Yoda of “renting” ideas as Tim…
#045 - Simplicity and what it has to do with what I learned from my guests in 2017, with your host Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Jan 3, 2018 • 21 min
This episode contains some of the crucial learnings for me in 2017, and critical lessons that you might want to keep in mind in the year to come. I am extremely thankful for my guests for their insights. Such knowledge has transformed my life and in…
#044 - When not to start a startup - how to license your idea (Part 1), with Stephen Key of inventRight, USA
Dec 20, 2017 • 26 min
This is an episode on a topic that, I believe, should get more attention in entrepreneurship circles. My guest is Stephen Key of inventRight. Stephen is literally one of the teachers of Tim Ferriss. He went to Stephen’s lectures and sought his…
#043 - How to avoid mistakes when building a team - lessons from mentoring 1200+ hardware entrepreneurs, with Alan Clayton of SOSV
Dec 6, 2017 • 42 min
My guest is Alan Clayton of SOSV, who’s the Roaming Mentor at the VC and who’s been with the company since the beginnings. You might know as SOSV as it’s the world’s top hardware VC. They’re special also in another aspect as unlike other…
#042 - How to think with your hands - LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology with Alexandra Mandoki of Sparks Guide, Switzerland
Nov 22, 2017 • 21 min
I had a special guest on the podcast, somebody who’s also originally from Hungary, just like me. My guest was Alexandra Mandoki, founder, chief guide and innovator at Sparks Guide based in Zurich, Switzerland, just like me. Would you like to perhaps…
#041 - How to use lean startup principles to start the world’s first VR cinema franchise, with Dimitri Nabatov of WeAreCinema, Switzerland
Nov 8, 2017 • 34 min
Dimitri Nabatov has been my guest recently, founder and CEO of a company called WeAreCinema. In episode 36 we had VR topic and this time again we’re back to that topic on the show. His company, WeAreCinema has a new business model in the world of VR…
#040 - Beer as you don’t know it - a startup bringing you the freshest craft beer possible, with Jong-Wook Shin of HOPii, USA
Oct 25, 2017 • 36 min
My guest is Jong-Wook Shin from the US, founder and CEO of HOPii, which is a company for beer-lovers. For you who wants to know how to get to the source where it’s the beer is freshest. You’ll also learn why beer on the shelves is actually far…
#039 - Brain vs Capital - how to build a business from components (Part 2), with Prof. Günter Faltin, Germany
Oct 11, 2017 • 32 min
This is Part 2 of my interview with Professor Günter Faltin, from Germany and at the same time a successful entrepreneur. Briefly, I consider him as a kind of the German version of Tim Ferriss, as his book Brain vs capital is similarly influential in…
#038 - Brain vs Capital - how to build a business from components (Part 1), with Prof. Günter Faltin, Germany
Sep 27, 2017 • 31 min
My guest is Günter Faltin, professor of entrepreneurship from Germany and himself also a successful entrepreneur. He’s an early pioneer of entrepreneurship education in Germany. He’s widely known in Germany because of his pioneering work…
#037 - Disrupting with digital manufacturing, with Nick Pinkston of Plethora, USA
Sep 13, 2017 • 37 min
My interview guest is from the US from San Francisco, Nick Pinkston, founder and CEO of Plethora. In case you’re into manufacturing, and you should be, if you’re into into hardware, then this episode is for you. Nick is a central figure in…
#036 - Is your immersive content searchable? - Mark Milstein of Microstocksolutions, USA
Aug 30, 2017 • 30 min
The interviewee, Mark Milstein, who I have in this episode is a very experienced serial-entrepreneur whose obsession is immersive media content. This includes VR, AR, 360 degree videos. We talk about a topic that is often not talked about, that is…
#035 - How a hardware startup’s product goes viral, with Christian Smith of TrackR, USA
Aug 16, 2017 • 34 min
My guest in this episode is Christian Smith, co-founder and President of TrackR. Their company is a startup based in California, outside Silicon Valley, at a remarkable place called Santa Barbara, and it is a quite successful hardware startup so lots…
#034 - How next-generation retail looks like, with Vibhu Norby of b8ta, USA
Aug 2, 2017 • 37 min
My guest this time is from Silicon Valley, USA, Vibhu Norby of b8ta. This is an episode that you should simply not miss - many many things to learn from and a guest to inspire you. Vibhu was before with Nest, the smart thermostat maker. This is where…
#033 - Elements of building a successful tech business, with (proven) serial entrepreneur Milton Chang of Incubic Venture Fund, USA
Jul 19, 2017 • 39 min
I’ve had a very special guest, who I got to talk to. My interviewee, Dr. Milton Chang, is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive, long track record of building hardware companies. Milton is currently managing partner of Incubic Venture Fund. He…
#032 - Why manufacturing in USA vs China is becoming interesting, with Scott N. Miller of Dragon Innovation, USA
Jul 5, 2017 • 36 min
My guest has recently been Scott N. Miller, co-founder and CEO of Dragon Innovation, a company based in the US helping hardware companies. Scott has a pretty remarkable career behind him so far with at least two decades of experience in hardware…
#031 - Why I change the publishing frequency, with Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Jun 21, 2017 • 5 min
I’m back on the show, just me, and I’ll talk about an announcement, that is I’m changing the publishing frequency from weekly to bi-weekly. Why do I do this? I enjoy podcasting very much, it’s my passion, as well as helping you guys,…
#030 - Makers of the fastest production drone on Earth and beyond, with Chris Hsiao of Gossamer, USA
Jun 14, 2017 • 33 min
My guest is from the US, from Texas, Chris Hsiao, co-founder and leader of Gossamer, a startup for startups that became known for developing the Teal drone, the fastest production drone on Earth. As for Gossamer, it is a full stack product design and…
#029 - Call for action to you - for a new path to reduce climate change, with Joshua Spodek of NYU, Spodek Academy, USA
Jun 7, 2017 • 29 min
Again, I’ve interviewed Joshua Spodek, a professor at NYU and an entrepreneur. He was a guest in episode 22 of this podcast because of his hardware entrepreneurship background and his leadership teaching that we can all learn from. He’s back…
#028 - Meet the creators of FitBit for medication, with Peter Havas of PillDrill, USA
May 31, 2017 • 39 min
My interviewee is Peter Havas, co-founder and CEO of PillDrill, USA. PillDrill wants to ease the way people take their medicine. Their first product is already very much beloved by the customers. Peter has a long track-record of…
#027 - Rapid prototyping - a platform and its essential tools, with Finbarr Watterson of Fictiv, USA
May 24, 2017 • 36 min
I’ve recently interviewed Finbarr Watterson, Hardware Community Evangelist at Fictiv, from the Bay Area, USA. His company is all into helping you iterate on your early product versions faster and with high quality. Fin has been entrenched in the…
#026 - Connected lab - a startup bringing IoT to R&D environments, with Alok Tayi of TetraScience, USA
May 17, 2017 • 41 min
I’ve had recently the chance to interview Alok Tayi, co-founder and CEO of TetraScience, a startup that was formed by MIT-Harvard graduates, based in Boston. This interview allowed me to connect with my past as scientist and therefore their work…
#025 - How to benefit for your startup from the one and only hardware accelerator of Southern California, with Shaun Arora of Make in LA, USA
May 10, 2017 • 33 min
My guest is Shaun Arora, co-founder and Managing Director of Southern California’s only hardware accelerator, Make in LA. Besides being the Managing Director, he’s an angel investor in 35 startups, and sits on the board of the contracting…
#024 - How to increase your own productivity and that of your garden’s, with Mattias Lepp of Click & Grow, Estonia
May 3, 2017 • 29 min
I’ve had as guest Mattias Lepp, co-founder and CEO of Click and grow, a company from Estonia. His company is a green one that wants to create an even greener future: their vision is to change the way plants are grown around the world. Mattias has a…
#023 - Developing consumer products with an all-in-one manufacturer in China that is just different, with Jacob Rothman of Platform88, China
Apr 26, 2017 • 35 min
My guest was Jacob Rothman, co-founder of Platform88, which offers services from China. Jacob has over fifteen years of experience working in China. He has founded several companies including Smart Products, Velong Enterprises, and his latest venture,…
#022 - Effective project-based learning from astrophysicist turned entrepreneur, professor, with Joshua Spodek of NYU, Spodek Academy, USA
Apr 19, 2017 • 58 min
I’ve interviewed Joshua Spodek, a professor at NYU and an entrepreneur. This has been an eye-opener interview for me on leadership, how to master it and also on his teaching methods, his entrepreneurial journey. Joshua is a best-selling author of…
#021 - How you can benefit from a multi-corporate accelerator, with Patricia Schlenter, David Emmerth of Kickstart Accelerator, Switzerland
Apr 12, 2017 • 20 min
I had a duo-feature interview with Kickstart Accelerator from Switzerland, Patricia Schlenter, responsible for Program Lead and David Emmert, head of one of the verticals of the program. In a previous episode, we had Brinc on the show, an IoT…
#020 - Executing lean and agile retail growth for your startup or SME, with Benjamin Ertl of Retailbound, USA
Apr 5, 2017 • 25 min
I had as guest Benjamin Ertl, Director of Business Development at Retailbound. He works in retail, helping entrepreneurs on how to get their product to customers in a lean and agile way. He gives you an intro to retail field, and to his company. Due…
#019 - Chairless chair, with Keith Gunura of noonee, Switzerland
Mar 29, 2017 • 29 min
My guest is Keith Gunura, co-founder and CEO of noonee, producers of an exoskeleton-like device. Keith developed the Chairless Chair® at the ETH Zurich in 2009 to help now production line workers. We’ll discuss with Keith what Forrest Gump has to…
#018 - Why not to out-innovate your customer, with Alan Klement, Entrepreneur & Innovator, USA
Mar 22, 2017 • 32 min
My guest is Alan Klement, Entrepreneur&Innovator, and thought-leader on the Job To Be Done (JTBD) framework. This is a concept that every innovator should hear about. This episode is all about JTBD, one of my favorite topics. Alan has the mission…
#017 - How *not* to think about IoT, with Michael Vladimer of Orange IoT Studio, USA
Mar 15, 2017 • 43 min
My guest is Mike Vladimer, cofounder of Orange IoT Studio in Silicon Valley, the innovation strategy office of Orange, one of Europe’s biggest telecommunications operators. Mike was previously Director of Business Development at Neura, an…
#016 - Developing with a hardware engineering company, with Karoly Molnar of ProDSP Technologies, Hungary
Mar 8, 2017 • 40 min
My guest is Karoly Molnar, co-founder and CEO of ProDSP Technologies, Hungary. ProDSP Technologies, a hardware engineering company, which works with many hardware startups as advisors, contract developers, as well as giving manufacturing services….
#015 - How to benefit for your hardware project from the first major crowdfunding platform, with Sandy Diao of Indiegogo, USA
Mar 1, 2017 • 23 min
I interviewed Sandy Diao, Director of Strategic Programs at Indiegogo. She works with companies to help them bring their hardware projects to life. You might know that Indiegogo is one of the two major crowdfunding platforms. But you might not know…
#014 - Brick-and-mortar stores for crowdfunded projects to help reach consumers, with Damien Ng of Backers, Hong Kong
Feb 22, 2017 • 23 min
My guest is Damien Ng, co-founder of Backers, a chain of stores in Asia that wants to help crowdfunded projects bring closer to the consumer mass market. To my knowledge they’re the first such initiative in the world. With Backers Damien saw a gap…
#012 - Feel the beat - creating the world’s first wearable device for musicians, with Florian Simmendinger of Soundbrenner, Germany - Hong Kong
Feb 8, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode my guest is Florian Simmendinger, co-founder and CEO of Soundbrenner. Soundbrenner is maker of the world’s first wearable smart device for musicians. Their product is called Soundbrenner Pulse and their ambitious goal is to help…
#011 - Accelerate with an IoT accelerator, with Bay McLaughlin of Brinc, Hong Kong
Feb 1, 2017 • 29 min
My guest is Bay McLaughlin, co-founder and COO of Brinc, a remarkable hardware accelerator focusing on IoT. This is the first interview on an accelerator on this show. Brinc is a global IoT accelerator and platform based in Hong Kong with offices in…
#010 - How to think like Elon Musk - Scrum for Hardware, with Joe Justice of WIKISPEED and Scrum Inc, USA
Jan 25, 2017 • 50 min
Today I have a special guest. If there was a black belt in his field, he would certainly be one of its holder. He’s a master of a type of project management and innovation style, agile, specifically he’s into scrum, which is the most commonly used…
#009 - Commercializing the first robotic touch sensing that uses light, with Ákos Dömötör of OptoForce, Hungary
Jan 18, 2017 • 34 min
My guest is Ákos Dömötör, CEO of OptoForce, Hungary. Ákos Dömötör, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and two Master’s in Management, started out in the global graduate program at LEGO, then taking up a position in Denmark. He then left…
#008 - What to learn from Pebble’s story: two times most funded Kickstarter campaign ever to its eventual end, with your host, Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Jan 11, 2017 • 16 min
In this episode, you’ll hear a short, dense analysis on the rise and demise of a well-known company, Pebble, which produced the first smartwatch. I chose to talk about this topic as the latest news from them was a shock. The goal with telling you…
#007 - How one company wants to radically cut down the lead-time of electronics manufacturing of all volumes, with Radu Diaconescu of, Switzerland
Jan 4, 2017 • 30 min
My guest is Radu Diaconescu, co-founder and Business Development Manager at is an industry 4.0 company, which is building the world’s largest distributed manufacturing network. They believe that electronics manufacturing should be…
#006 - How a drone company overcame the limitations of indoor applications for restaurants, warehouses, with Junyang Woon of Infinium Robotics, Singapore
Dec 28, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode my guest is Junyang Woon, co-founder and CEO of Infinium Robotics, LLC. Infinium Robotics is a company which has been active in the field of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Vehicles (UAV) since 2009. Initially they focused on…
#005 - The tough journey of building a biotech company, with Federico Bürsgens of GNA-Biosolutions, Germany
Dec 21, 2016 • 35 min
My guest is Federico Bürsgens, one of three founders and currently Managing Director of Finances, Hardware & Software at GNA Biosolutions. He is one of many who was born for entrepreneurship as he started his entrepreneurial career in high-school.
#004 - How one green company could beat the odds with a magical pencil and double each year, with Michael Stausholm of Sproutworld, Denmark
Dec 14, 2016 • 28 min
I’ve interviewed Michael Stausholm, founder and CEO Sproutworld, a company based in Denmark. His company is a green tech company with a very successfully working business model which is rare in the field of sustainability.
#003 - From scientist to entrepreneur for holodeck technology, evaluating startups, with Bernhard Petermeier of World Economic Forum, Switzerland
Dec 8, 2016 • 48 min
My guest is Bernhard Petermeier, founder of CargoSoul, community leader of Technology Pioneers at World Economic Forum from Geneva, Switzerland. CargoSoul was active in the technology development towards the holodeck concept we know from Star Trek.
#002 - Empowering women in Nepal by a woman entrepreneur, with Anya Cherneff of Empower Generation, USA
Dec 8, 2016 • 31 min
My guest is Anya Cherneff, co-founder and Executive Director of Empower Generation. Her company is a social enterprise that connects women in Nepal with global hardware suppliers, which provide solar technology.
#001 - Introduction to the podcast, with your host, Balint Horvath, Switzerland
Dec 8, 2016 • 18 min
This is the first episode of The Hardware Entrepreneur podcast. In this episode, I’ll elaborate on why I started this podcast and how you, listener, can benefit from listening to the episodes.