WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR MOTIVATIONS FOR STARTING RADICAND?
I always wanted to start my own company. I found that my entrepreneurial friends developing hardware products were not supported in the early phases, compared to their peers developing software. Software startup costs are minimal, and the resources are more accessible. There are unique challenges, costs and risks associated with developing hardware.
To get to a compelling demo or prototype in order to raise investments or have a crowdfunding campaign, hardware entrepreneurs need access to space and capital equipment and probably expertise beyond what they or their founding team has.
To meet that need I wanted to build a community of hardware entrepreneurs who share resources, including a space.
Radicand’s San Francisco facility will be a space for entrepreneurs with access to rapid prototyping equipment, software including SOLIDWORKS, computing stations — everything entrepreneurs need.
I want to encourage more entrepreneurs to take the napkin sketch and run with it — to accelerate the rate at which those ideas are getting out into the world and actually impacting people’s lives.