How not to screw up your manufacturing startup

Conventional startup wisdom is geared toward web apps. Here’s what we’ve learned that flies against whatever VC blogs are serving these days.

Plants growing under lights in the Edenworks R&D facility
  • how much stuff actually costs — a surprisingly tough problem for new manufacturing startups
  • which competitors were likely to succeed, and what the ones who weren’t needed to do in order to survive
  • who the best suppliers were
  • what productivity benchmarks are actually achievable — what’s reported publicly turned out to be waaaay off

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I write about manufacturing, farming, and money.

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