Tandem Capital

15 Flips | 2 Magazines | 2 Followers | @TandemCapital | Tandem Capital is a seed-stage venture fund actively investing in stellar mobile hardware and software teams.  We initially commit up to $500,000 per investment and are backed by over $100 million to fuel portfolio company growth.  Our companies benefit from more than just funding.  We take a unique, hands-on approach to each team we invest in, spending 6 to 12 months with them to discover product-market fit and guiding them to a successful Series A round.  We provide our founders with office space, access to our full-time staff of functional experts (growth hackers, designers, product folks, and more), hands-on engagement from partners, and a fully functional hardware lab.  Past Tandem investments include Tile, Cuff, and Bash Gaming.

For hardware startups, it's getting less hard

The way I look at it is there's expertise, and you have to have it in-house or buy it.<p>David Austin, vice president of PCH Access

Working with Contract Manufacturers

As an independent engineer and sole proprietor, I don’t have a team I can delegate tasks to. Everything from product design to taking out the trash …

Prototypes

How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Companies

The evolution of products into intelligent, connected devices—which are increasingly embedded in broader systems—is radically reshaping companies and competition.<p>Smart thermostats control a growing array of home devices, transmitting data about their use back to manufacturers. Intelligent, …

Internet of Things

Speed Can Kill: the Importance of Process for Hardware

One of the more popular cliches of the startup world is the immortal Zuckerberg’s “move fast and break things.” Even though Facebook has since …

Hardware Startups: The VC Perspective

Among all the excitement for the Internet of Things and the resurgence of hardware as an investable category, venture capitalists, many of whom new …

6 Reasons Hardware Is The New Software

From the dot-com boom in the late 90’s/early 00’s to the SaaS rage of the last couple years, there’s a perpetual innovation engine spinning its wheels and entrepreneurs across the globe are always looking to grab on when the time is right.<p>For many years, hardware has lagged behind software because …

Time and time again people present the disadvantages of building hardware products and businesses. There are many, so I don't blame them. Atoms are inherently more expensive to move around the globe than bits.

Prototyping cost, manufacturing cost, slower iteration time, inventory risk, forward/reverse logistics, and scrap rates all drive this.<p>Luckily for us …

Hardware is a Long Game — Let Me Give you the Playbook

4 Things That Will Make or Break Your Hardware Business<p>Building products is hard, building hardware products and taking them to market is nearly …