Dragon Innovation has helped some of the most notable names in the early stage hardware world get their products made. Now, the Boston-based manufacturing consultancy wants to help promising entrepreneurs get funded. Dragon Innovation is testing its own crowdfunding website dedicated to hardware startups, giving its clients a more customized tool for lining up pre-orders of the robots, consumer electronics, and other gadgets they hope to build. But the crowdfunding site—which Dragon Innovation plans to make more widely available in a month or so—won’t be open to just anyone. It’ll be reserved for Dragon Innovation clients who pay for early stage services like design help and cost estimates. That’s a big difference from most of the popular crowdfunding sites, which let a wide array of projects use their tools for generating pre-orders and financial pledges from just about anyone. Kickstarter in particular has been the place where several hardware startups found high-profile success in generating a lot of consumer interest. Perhaps the most well known is the Pebble smartwatch, which Dragon Innovation helped to build after the company behind the idea raised $10 million in about a month. With homeruns like that, why does the world need a special crowdfunding site for hardware startups? Dragon Innovation CEO […]
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