In this podcast, Jules Pieri talks about her book on “How we make stuff now”. She shares some of the best practices as shared by many creators and their manufacturing journey. This conversation is great for anyone looking to see how creative designers and creators could leverage this new reality of the manufacturing revolution.
2:20 Jules’s journey.
3:55 Early days of Grommet.
5:54 Getting the recipe right for Grommet.
9:40 Defining Grommet.
11:55 Providing a common platform to different products.
13:58 Key criteria for a product to be launched.
16:08 Helping companies in product launch.
18:55 Aha moments for an entrepreneur.
21:00 Spark behind How We Make Stuff Now.
21:39 Observations while writing the book.
26:32 Fear of protecting the IP.
30:55 Surviving the onslaught of larger companies.
34:35 Citizens commerce movement.
38:49 The first steps in developing a product.
44:25 Ingredients of a successful entrepreneur.
45:58 Ideal reader for How We Make Stuff Now.
47:52 Involvement of women in the maker revolution.
52:15 Key takeaways from How We Make Stuff Now.
53:15 Jules’s success mantra.
56:02 Jule’s favorite books.
57:29 Closing remarks.
Jules’s Recommended Read:
The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking by Roger L. Martin amzn.to/2WdSZ41
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days 1st Corrected ed., Corr. by Jessica Livingston amzn.to/2Q7l2wm
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott amzn.to/2w2DcWS
How We Make Stuff Now: Turn Ideas into Products That Build Successful Businesses by Jules Pieri amzn.to/2Ecu0Ui
Jules Pieri is Co-founder & CEO of The Grommet, a site that has launched more than 3,000 innovative consumer products since 2008. The company’s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how products are discovered, shared, and bought.
Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was an executive at Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Continuum and President of Ziggs. In 2017, Ace Hardware acquired a majority stake in The Grommet.
She was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs in 2014. She is an Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus at Harvard Business School and an investing partner at XFactor Ventures.
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