This session will cover supplier selection and development. The session is aimed at startups looking into their first manufacturing run and considering whether to produce locally or offshore, mainly focusing on the China option. The session will cover the basics of approaching suppliers, vetting suppliers, and choosing that key first production partner. It will also address the more detailed questions you should ask to vet your supply chain and get to know your production partner. The session will address how to choose production location given your startup's stage, funding, and other risk factors.
- Learn how to choose a supplier
- Learn how to vet suppliers
- Learn how to compare between local and offshore suppliers
- Learn how to engage with your supplier once chosen
Ryan Vinyard is the engineering lead at Highway1, a hardware-focused startup accelerator located in San Francisco under parent company PCH. He is also the co-author of the book The Hardware Startup. He is a mechanical engineer who came to PCH through its consulting arm Lime Lab, where he developed consumer products for Fortune 500 brands. Previous to PCH, Vinyard worked at startups in the cleantech and electric-vehicle space, where he developed novel powertrain, motor control, and thermal systems. Vinyard holds a BS in product design from Stanford University.