Manufacturing In China Hack Chat

Join us on Wednesday 10 July 2019 at noon Pacific for the Manufacturing in China Hack Chat with Jesse Vincent!

It started out where many great stories start: as a procrastination project. Open source developer Jesse Vincent decided that messing around with a new keyboard design was a better thing to spend time on than whatever he was supposed to be doing, and thus Keyboardio was born.

Their heirloom-grade keyboards of solid maple and with sculpted keycaps are unique to the eye and to the touch, but that’s only part of the Keyboardio story. Jesse has moved further down the road of turning a project into a product and a product into a company than most of us have, and he’s got some insights about what it takes. Particularly in climbing the learning curve of off-shore manufacturing, which will be the focus of this Hack Chat. Join us to learn all about the perils, pitfalls, and potential rewards of getting your Next Big Idea manufactured in China.

join-hack-chatOur Hack Chats are live community events in the Hack Chat group messaging. This week we’ll be sitting down on Wednesday July 10 at 12:00 PM Pacific time. If time zones have got you down, we have a handy time zone converter.

Click that speech bubble to the right, and you’ll be taken directly to the Hack Chat group on You don’t have to wait until Wednesday; join whenever you want and you can see what the community is talking about.

5 thoughts on “Manufacturing In China Hack Chat

    1. Supply chain, mostly. If you need a part in Shenzhen, you can get it generally within 24 hours. If you need a part in the countries you’ve mentioned, it’s going to take a bit of time. This doesn’t make them bad options, it just means that resolving production issues can be more complicated, and typically takes more time. It’s a trade-off between quick iterations and a simple supply chain, with potentially better QC and faster/cheaper distribution.

    2. Belarus has tariffs and lots of countries had them blocked (cuba like) so the supply chain there is really a problem. Slovakia and Poland had better stances in this regard, but there’s nothing easier and faster than buying supplies in China

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