A panel of makers spill the tips and tricks of the hardware trade

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To close out Structure Connect 2014, a group of six founders and experts in the hardware industry took to the stage to field questions from the audience. From picking the right factory for production to overcoming the stick price shock of getting their product to market, Phil Bosua from LIFX, Gilles Bouchard from Livescribe, Bettina Chen from Roominate, Peter Hoddie from Marvell Semiconductor, Jason Johnson of August Smart Lock, and Christina Mercando of Ringly all offered their tips, tricks, and tales from the trade.

Here were some of the best quotes from the session:

How to develop a product when you’re straddling three sectors: Hardware, software, and mobile apps

Peter Hoddie, Marvell Semiconductor: For us it was a lot about prototyping. We would do things like sketch based prototyping, draw pictures and put them in front of people.

Christina Mercando, Ringly: We build the iPhone app before we had any hardware — that allowed us to create the…

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