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Thursday, June 6 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Lessons Learned From Taking a Product to Market FULL

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This is the “back story” of how Joel Sears developed the Rim Jibber, a wheel straightening tool for mountain bikes. Prior to developing the Rim Jibber, Joel was not intimately familiar with the engineering or manufacturing world. He knew what he wanted to develop, he just had to pick up a few skills before he could bring his idea to fruition. Joel, and his business partner, Chris Castle, will explain the key skills that were needed to master before bringing the product to market:
• Market Research
• 3D CAD Tools
• Stress Analysis Tools
• Material Sourcing
• Manufacturing Methods for Small Scale Production
• Product Marketing in the new “Direct to Consumer” world
• How to Take Customer Feedback to Develop the “2.0” of your first successful product

This will be an interactive presentation with plenty of opportunities to answer questions from the audience.

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Joel Sears

VP, SolidBox
Joel studied at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas when he found his passion for product development and technology integration. Seeing product innovation as a necessity for moving good ideas forward into greatness, he was led into a manufacturing environment where it... Read More →
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Chris Castle

CEO & Co-Founder, Converge, LLC
Mr. Castle is a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Texas. He was the founder of Castle Consulting PLLC, an engineering firm that provided Project Based Training and Engineering Validation for products/services spanning the Oil & Gas, Consumer Products, Medical Device... Read More →