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Hack To Start
Episode 2

Adam Benzion

Hacktrepreneur and a very proud co-founder of a great little giant called Hackster.io!

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Episode Overview

Adam Benzion is the co-founder of Hackster.io - the community for hardware hackers. Previously, Adam sold his first product to Microsoft, then founded GreenSimian, which was acquired by OtterBox.

In this episode, we'll hear how Adam left Microsoft out of love for making things and the desire to improve existing products. He'll also share how he grew his first company, got acquired, and how persistence and being open brought him to Hackster.io.


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:10
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your interest in entrepreneurship develop?

3:34
What is Hackster.io all about? How did you come up with the idea for Hackster.io?

17:52
How did you decide to merge with Hackster.io?

23:34
You’re the author of “The Ultimate Guide To Bootstrapping a Hardware Startup”. What are some of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs will make when starting a hardware startup?

32:24
Should you figure out your hardware product before you turn to crowd funding to develop a prototype or not?

40:58
What apps are you using the most right now?


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Why pursuing your product idea if it solves a need or is an improvement over something else is important.
  • How reaching out and being open about collaboration can get you much more than you were expecting
  • Why building a hardware company is so much more complicated than building a software company.
  • Why crowdfunding shouldn't be used to test ideas, but rather add fuel to a fire.
  • And more!

Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Adam Benzion on Twitter
Hackster.io on Twitter
Hackster.io on the Web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Books & Apps

eBay
Slack
Mailbox
Dropbox
Photoshop
Haxlr8r
Bolt
Highway1
LabIX
NudeAudio
August
The Ultimate Guide To Bootstraping A Hardware Startup

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