(source photo at right: Ron Daniels, photo mashup & manipulation: DW)
Ron Daniels, R/C aircraft designer, MBA, and chemist, gives a talk on his experience with continuous design improvement, outsourcing manufacturing, licensing designs, customer relations, and dealing with the competition. Come join us. Free-no-pay.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – doors open at 7pm, talk begins at 7:30, runs until 8:30pm
Having had some success in engaging the arts community over the past year , I’ve been on the lookout for some other business-savvy makers who had some experience transitioning from one-off prototypes to production volumes and actually making some money from the thing they love to do.
As luck (favouring me for showing up) would have it, I met Ron Daniels at The Communitech Hub at the tail end of the Art Allies show earlier this month. Ron and I got talking about the remote control flight domain and it was quickly apparent that he’s not your average hobbyist. He actually *designs* planes to have certain properties (both for flying and construction), and has sold his kits, having outsourced the manufacturing (laser cut balsa wood frames, vacuum-formed plastic canopies, etc). We had a great discussion at the coat rack about iterative design improvement, competitive threats, manufacturing challenges, and brand protection. We also talked about the effect of completing a Laurier MBA while Ron was running his kit business.
Ron generously agreed to give a talk at kwartzlab about his experience. I’m hoping this will inspire more makers to take the next step to start making money from their passion, which in a lot of cases, makes the making self-sustaining.