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Kevin Mako

Kevin Mako is the Founder of MAKO Design + Invent, a product development firm that provides end-to-end physical consumer product development. What really sets Kevin’s company apart is that it’s tailored to inventors, product startups, and small manufacturers. Mako Design is a 30-person team with offices in Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto, has developed over 1,000 products for clients and has earned over 25 design and business awards including Red Dot, Inc5000, Entrepreneur360, Indigo Gold, Creative Pool Gold, Best Places to Work, Lux Magazine Best Design Firm in North America, and many others.

Kevin lectures at the Masters of Engineering program at Ryerson University. Moreover, he sits on a number of entrepreneurship and education boards, and also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award designation. He is also the host of The Product Startup Podcast, the hardware development industry’s leading podcast.

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Books/Resources recommended for hardware inventors:

1)          The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
2)          The Common Path to Uncommon Success: A Roadmap to Financial Freedom and Fulfillment
3)          Mako blog:


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