Once you create a product prototype that meets your customers’ needs, you are ready to plan for small-scale manufacturing. To do this, you need to know how to communicate effectively with manufacturers. In this course, you will assess a Bill of Materials, which lists each manufactured part and raw material that you need to create a product. You will also assess a Bill of Process, which is a flow chart of every step in the process of manufacturing a physical product. You will then write a plan to test your product that can ensure that it meets specifications. You will identify how to pick a manufacturer, create a positive working relationship, and understand contracting terms. You will also obtain manufacturing quotes for the product you created in the first course. Finally, you will plan post-production activities such as packaging, distribution, and shipping, with an eye toward an excellent unboxing experience.
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
Develop a process to assemble materials for a product
Visiting Lecturer, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Ken Rother is the Director of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works as well as its Hardware Entrepreneurship program. He is the Managing Director of Cornell’s eLab student accelerator program, teaches entrepreneurship at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, instructs and coaches in several technology commercialization programs including NSF I-Corps, and is a Venture Partner at Cayuga Venture Fund.
Mr. Rother has held multiple senior business and technical positions for organizations such as Discovery Communications, Reuters, Matrox, and the Toronto Stock Exchange. He has direct startup experience, having co-founded a software business in Toronto and joined an early-stage online media business in New York, both of these startups concluding with successful exits.Most recently, Mr. Rother was the Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Discovery.