FAQ: Should I Quit My Job to Work on My Hardware Startup Full-Time?

Technical Difficulty Rating: 1 out of 10

Many people are motivated to become entrepreneurs at least partially because of their dislike for their job. So it’s no surprise that many entrepreneurs are in a rush to quit their job.

Many entrepreneurs also become frustrated because working a full-time, day job doesn’t give them the time they need to get their product off the ground. Entrepreneurs often wonder if they could make things happen faster by working more on the product.

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Tools, Devices, and Gadgets for Novice Product Developers

Technical Difficulty Rating: 6 out of 10

Product developers spend a lot of time interacting with various tools which are vital to the development phase. Whether it’s software, a mobile app, or hardware you are developing, these tools are critical to the success of your project.

Technology is what drives our world today, and there is no denying that. Developers have quickly grown in numbers and can fit into the broad categories of software developers and hardware developers. But what does a software developer do?

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The Beginner’s Guide to Designing with the dsPIC33 Microcontroller

Technical Difficulty Rating: 7 out of 10

This is a guest post by Roberto Weiser of Developpa.io.

If you are designing an electronic product, chances are that it will have a microcontroller (MCU) embedded into it.

In order to control, process, easily change parameters of the design on demand and keep the design tidy and relatively low complexity, it is unpractical to approach a solution using purely discrete analogue and digital components.

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Datasheet Review: High-Performance STM32 Cortex-M4 Microcontroller

Technical Difficulty Rating: 7 out of 10

A few weeks ago I did a datasheet review for an entry-level 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller from ST Microelectronics (part # STM32F030). This time I’m going to be reviewing a significantly more advanced microcontroller from the same STM32 line.

The microcontroller I’ll be discussing is the STM32F4, or more specifically the STM32F469, which is based on the higher performance ARM Cortex-M4 processor architecture.

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FAQ: Which Should I Develop First: Electronics, Enclosure, or Software?

Developing the electronics, enclosure and software simultaneously is the ideal situation. Their development has to be staggered a bit, but there can be considerable overlap between these different parts of your product development.

The one limitation is when you’re really restricted on how much capital you have for development. If you’re developing the electronics, enclosure and the software all at one time, that can be a really significant drain on your finances.

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12 Ways to Select the Best Product Idea to Bring to Market

Technical Difficulty Rating: 3 out of 10

There are many steps required to bring a product to market, but ultimately, it all starts with the product idea itself. If you have the wrong product idea, then all the other steps, no matter how well you perform them, won’t really matter.

I always say execution is where the true value is, but it still has to start with the product idea. It’s really critical that you select the very best product idea to bring to market.

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