FabFoundry is the first community for hardware startups and creative makers that connects to hardware professionals and manufacturing experts in Japan that excel at manufacture high-quality products. FabFoundry serves to the community by offering access to vital resources for contemporary, urban hardware startups such as creative excellence, technical consultation, design optimization for production, contemporary funding, legal service and networking, locally and globally.
New York critically lacks the ecosystem for creators to start their projects in the "contemporary" business model - the startup ecosystem widely available in the Silicon Valley. Lots of creators work for clients not 100% equally. One of the biggest challenges is that creators rely on sources from clients when they make things. The startup ecosystem in the Valley allows startups to create their own products using money financially independent of clients, which allows startups to deal with big companies fairly equally. We want to enroot this model here for makers. FabFoundry's ultimate goal is to help people create whatever they want in a collaborative environment - named "social production" (like social media), where people play a role of consumers as well as producers. FabFoundry creates a startup community for makers, or a contemporary business ecosystem for hardware startups. Its community offers a service or resource that helps the community generate new hardware startups and grow.
Crowdfunding is a great invention for hardware startups to source their prototypes, but it exposes another issue - not all people can manufacture your products from prototypes. According to Kickstarter, a leading crowdfunding company based in New York, 9% of their 65,326 funded projects ended up failing to deliver their promised rewards. Japanese manufacturers are well known for their high-quality products. True, their engineering expertise is world-renowned, and “Made in Japan” is a symbol to last longer. Such expertise - creating mass-production from prototypes - resides in factories, which supply various parts to their upstream manufacturers. There are lots of Japanese manufacturers, especially major electronics companies, who procure components from their downstream suppliers. Such suppliers maintain expertise how they lower the cost of the parts, increase quality, etc, to respond to tough requests from manufacturers who have been in a big global competition over decades.
We are starting "Manufacturing Service", which connects our cerative community to skillful Japanese suppliers who help community startups not only make mass production but improve/optimize design of their prototypes, incorporate unknown Japanese technology, etc, which such suppliers do for their outsourcers.
Co-founder & Advisor
Co-founder of FabCafe℠
Co-founder & Japan's Representative
Distinguished Career Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University
Director of Kumon Center of The New Institute for Social Knowledge and Collaboration at Tama Univeristy
CEO of Perspective Media
Managing Director of AlphaLab Gear
Executive Director, NYDesigns
IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program
IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program
Tech Wearable Researcher
Retail Account Manager, littleBits
Ex-Director, Design & Fabrication
Product Development, WeWork
Ex-VP, Business Development
Technology-to-Market Advisor, ARPA-E
Independent 3D + UX Designer
Ex-Researcher, FabCafe Project
Funded by angel investors and Pre-seed capital, we are running operations including the popup shop in the West Village of New York. As a partner company with XRC Labs, a startup accelerator specializing in retail and consumer goods co-founded by Parsons School of Design, FabFoundry is actively developing our business in New York.
For those who are interested in us and eligible to invest, please visit FabFoundry's profile on Angel List.
Currently, no position is available at FabFoundry.