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5 Essential Books and Hardware Guides for Startups

Looking to get into the hardware business? Read our list of some of the best books every hardware entrepreneur should read. Two of them are completely free!

All You Need Is… Love, Good Books & Hardware Guides

Over a month ago, if you were already subscribed to our Hardware Blog you will have received:

  • Some of our advice for Hardware Entrepreneurs
  • A helpful list of the HW ecosystem infrastructure

Since then I have been exploring the web for you in search of some more of the best material to help you with your project. Find below my best of Hardware Guides with:

As usual -> Hope this helps and that you enjoy!Lionel Beilin @ HatchPS: If there is any topic you’d like me to cover just send me an email or a tweet.  

The Hardware Startup [BOOK]


 According to Eric Ries this is “The book to read before you pull out your Arduino”. Written by @noupside, @brady and @ravinyard, three great experts from the field, “The Hardware Startup” provides the roadmap and best practices you need for turning a product idea into a full-fledged business. Check it out on OreillyDownload it on iTunes

Hardware Accelerators And Makerspaces [GUIDE]

hardware incubator guide

 Written by @mathmath founder of the excellent hardware blog@makingsociety. Such a guide was missing. It is entirely dedicated to hardware incubators, accelerators and makerspaces for hardware startups.

“Hardware Incubators” is your compass in the hardware ecosystem, explaining, covering and comparing each program. You will save a tremendous amount of research time and analysis to make an informed decision. Get more details about this guide

The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen [GUIDE]


 A Goldmine as I wrote in the email introduction. It is a bit expensive but for those of you who have passed by Huaqiang Bei market, you will understand why it is worth it. If you haven’t passed by Shenzhen before just know that this book is going to be a must. As far as I know, that’s the only “sourcing tool designed to help non-Mandarin speakers navigate the Hua Qiang electronics market”. For first-time visitors of HuaQiang Bei market, this paperback book is going to be a huge pain reliever. Preorder here

The Best online Ressource To Learn How To Design Hardware [FREE Guide]

Upverter intro

 We mentioned Zak Homuth from Upverter in last month’s newsletter. His learn section on Upverter is a must read.

I’m recommending this guy again because not only has he generously created a widely adopted tool for hardware engineering but because he has also written an excellent and easy to read handbook for hardware related projects. FREE HW handbook, check it online!

Hardware Club’s Directory


 Hardware Club recently launched a hardware startup directory on Project Hunt. Each step of the development process with a hardware project is mentioned with a section containing the best tools, books, podcasts etc…   

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