Created with Sketch.
Startups: Digitalization to Realization
31 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Apollo Fusion and The Future of Satellite Propulsion
The satellite business is growing rapidly as space technology and technology here on Earth advances. Whether it’s for navigation purposes or wifi accessibility, more and more satellites of all sizes and purposes are being launched into the great beyond. But, before they can fulfill their purpose, they have to hitch a ride to space. My guest today is Dean Massey, Director of Research at Apollo Fusion, Inc. This California-based company is developing exciting new forms of propulsion for space satellites. In this rapidly growing industry, Apollo stands out because of their unique focus on the smaller satellite market. Their journey into space began in 2016 with fusion, and soon after transformed into propulsion as the market began to develop and show promise.In this episode, you’ll hear about the early days of this space-age startup, and more about the overall history of space satellites. We’ll talk about how the propulsion system functions as it simultaneously launches hundreds of small satellites, and the simulation aspects of recreating a space-like environment. You’ll also learn about the challenges they’ve faced as a startup in the space industry, and how they’ve surpassed them as they gear up for their first launch. Some Questions I Ask:What’s the mission that you and your team have embarked on? (1:30)What is a Hall Thruster? (6:47)How does the propulsion system function on the satellite? (11:40)What makes Apollo thrusters unique (17:55)What are the future goals for the company? (22:28)What drew you to Siemens and the products that you use? (26:35)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:Why the Apollo focus is on the smaller satellite market (2:28)How the company shifted from fusion to propulsion (5:19)A short history of space satellites (7:53)How long it takes satellites to get to space (14:08)Why manufacturability makes Apollo different (20:01)Resources:Apollo FusionConnect with Dean Massey:LinkedInConnect with Paul Musto:LinkedIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Flying With Efficiency: The Future Air Freight with Aleksey Matyushev of Natilus Corporation
How many times have you ordered something online, and received a box 4x the size of the product inside? Aside from the confusion as to why, we’re all left with the sentiment of how wasteful it is. Well, there’s one company out there working to change that. Throughout the pandemic, e-commerce has taken off astronomically. That means the demand for smart and efficient air cargo solutions is on the rise. My guest today is Aleksey Matyushev from Natilus Corporation, a California based startup working on creating autonomous drone aircraft. Their goal is to reduce the cost of airfreight by 50% through thoughtful design and a smarter use of space. In this episode, Aleksey talks about how he pivoted from industrial design to entrepreneurship and shares details about the autonomous aircraft being produced by Natilus. He also shares valuable insight about the inner workings of Silicon Valley, and why aspiring entrepreneurs don’t necessarily need to flock there in order to find success. Some Questions I Ask:How did you come up with the idea for Natilus? (3:28)Do you ever see this evolving into human transportation? (6:50)What was the process that you went through to validate the effectiveness of the designs? (10:39)How do you save money by flying at lower altitudes? (12:56)What can you share with other entrepreneurs about your startup experience? (15:25)What kinds of simulations is Natilus doing? (25:38)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:Why the F22 never went into major production (4:55)What makes Natilus stand out from the competition (7:58)Why making an electric aircraft is different from making an electric car (9:18)The creative strategy they used to help build the business (10:58)Why e-commerce was an important consideration in their design process (14:09)Lessons in product development (19:02)A message for aspiring entrepreneurs and engineers (27:26)Resources:NatilusSiemens Startups Program: from idea to market leader with the right toolsConnect with Aleksey Matyushev:LinkedInConnect with Paul Musto:LinkedIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
Taking Flight with Ephi Blanshey of Blanshey Aviation
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to jump off of a mountain and glide uninhibited across the sky, today’s guest is bringing you one step closer to that reality. He believes that the current transportation options available limit our movement by confining us to land. Why drive when we could be flying?My guest today is Ephi Blanshey. He’s the younger half of the father and son duo behind Blanshey Aviation. They’re currently designing an electric propulsion system to improve the experience of lightweight flying for hang gliding machines. In today’s episode, we’ll learn about the origins of these design ideas that originated with Ephi’s father, Vladimir. We’ll also talk about the reasons they’ve moved away from a combustion engine model, and how the newer electric engines benefit the design. Ephi tells us about their CAD design and 3D printing tools, and names some of the helpful forums he’s found for anyone out there interested in using Solid Edge. Are you ready to take to the skies and enter the next generation of mobility? Some Questions I Ask:What’s the origin of Blanshey Aviation? (1:24)When did the trike first appear as a recreational vehicle? (4:02)How was design approached in the early days? (7:47)How did you move into electric aviation? (10:31)What do the next 3-5 years look like for your company? (16:26)What online communities have you found to be the most useful? (20:41)How are you assembling the products you make? (23:42)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:The complex logistics of hang gliding (2:24)The problems associated with using a combustion engine to fly (6:27)How Blanshey uses Solid Edge (13:09)The unique challenges for this type of aviation (18:33)The 3D printer they use and how it’s modified as needed (21:57)How & where testing takes place (25:09)Advice to other entrepreneurs (26:28)Resources:Hacker NewsFacebook GroupsSolid Edge Community ForumSiemens BlogConnect with Ephi Blanshey:Email/ TwitterInstagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Hatching the Companies of Tomorrow with Osh Momoh and Jesika Briones of MaRS
The difference between starting a company 20+ years ago and starting one today is the accessibility of resources. When resources become more available, the competition grows. Great innovation needs professional nurturing in order to gain the competitive edge needed to survive in today’s startup environment. Startup incubator spaces have answered this call for countless companies. They provide resources and professional expertise related to scaling a small business to companies at various stages of growth.In today’s episode, we're talking to Osh Momoh and Jesika Briones from the leadership team at MaRS. This Toronto-based incubator provides support and services to over 1,200 startup companies. They provide Canadian science and tech companies with tailored resources through the startup stages, focusing on health, cleantech, FinTech, financial, and enterprise. MaRS has been helping startups get off the ground for 15 years, and they’re only seeing interest grow. They also offer a dedicated Autonomous program for startups in that realm, so we’ll dive into how that works as well. Some Questions I Ask:Could you provide us with some background on MaRS and the overall mission that you have there? (1:57)What types of day to day services do you provide for startups? (4:12)How do you see that startup world changing? (8:23)Can you give us an example of a company that you've worked with at MaRS that have gone through that evolution and are now on their path to becoming a commercially successful company? (11:07)What is a level 5 autonomous vehicle, and when might that be commercially available? (21:27)What are some of the challenges autonomous vehicles face? (24:19)How do you see the infrastructure that’s required to support autonomous vehicles progressing? (27:58)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:The types of startups MaRS works with (2:44)How they’ve broadened their industry focus beyond the health sector (6:00)How MaRS has grown with the popularity of startup culture (9:23)The role of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network within MaRS (13:56)What autonomous vehicle really means (7:10)Considerations for an autonomous future (22:13)Resources:MaRSEcopia AIAutomated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing InitiativeSiemens Software for StartupsConnect with Osh Momoh:LinkedInConnect with Jesika Briones:LinkedInConnect with Paul Musto:LinkedIn See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Launching Nanosatellites with Jakub Kapus, Founder and CTO of Spacemanic
We’re living in a time when space is becoming more accessible every day. Satellite technology is growing, and savvy entrepreneurs are leading the way forward. My guest today is Jakub Kapuš, Founder and CTO of Spacemanic. Headquartered in Slovakia, they are a small satellite mission integrator focused on delivering flight proven innovative and reliable nanosatellite solutions, platforms, components and services to customers. Their capabilities span from the design phase, through development, testing, and licensing, and go all the way through to launch. In this episode, Jakub shares the story of building his first satellite from the confines of a small bathroom, eventually reaching the infinite orbit of space. We’ll discuss how nanosatellites have changed the industry, making the possibilities more affordable. We’ll also talk about the unique challenges of the startup in terms of hardware, software, government regulations, and learn how he ultimately launched this satellite concept into the world. If you’re an early-stage startup in business for less than three years, you can now apply to get Solid Edge product development software for free, with no application fee. The Solid Edge for Startups program provides eligible startups with free access to a complete product development solution, including CAD, CAM, and CAE software. Go to www.siemens.com/startupsSome Questions I Ask:How much of your business consists of nanosatellites? (3:18)What got the media excited about your project? (9:07)What were some of the challenges you faced as a startup? (12:10)What technology challenges did you come up against? (16:37)What are you using in your business to differentiate yourself from your competitors? (18:33)Where do you see the company in the next 5 years? (21:22)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:How customers are using these satellites (3:54)The origins of Spacemanic (5:12)How Jakub built his first satellite (7:25)How the university environment helps fuel their growth (14:19)The software and engineering tools they use (20:10)The particular challenges of being a trailblazer for space technology (23:17)Connect with Jakub Kapuš:LinkedInTwitterConnect with John Fox: LinkedInTwitterResources:SpacemanicSubscribe to our Podcast:Apple PodcastsListen NotesSpotify See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Rethinking the Manufacturing Inspection Process with Ibon Iribarren of LINQcase
Manufacturing processes are a constant area of innovation. Companies are always looking for ways to make production more efficient, more cost-effective, and more quality-driven. But there’s one really important process that is often overlooked when it comes to innovation in manufacturing. The inspection phase has kind of been stuck in the dark ages. As production methods continue to modernize, isn’t it time we turn our eyes to more cutting-edge methods of inspection? Current approaches involve physically destructive processes that rely heavily on statistics. But inaccuracies due to statistical faults can be costly. There’s also the environmental aspects, like the safe disposal of contaminated magnetized water, for example.My guest today is Ibon Iribarren, Managing Director at LINQcase, a startup based in San Sebastian, Spain. As someone who has always placed a high value on the customer side of the manufacturing industry, he employed his astute listening skills to guide him towards a business venture that ultimately solves problems that, while relatively rare, are nearly always costly. Today we’ll learn about their unique non-destructive manufacturing inspection process. We’ll explore the path that led Ibon in this direction, and we’ll talk about the current applications of the technology, as well as the potential to reshape the inspection process on a larger scale. Some Questions I Ask:What types of customers are taking advantage of your inspection process? (3:15)How do you and your customers quantify the cost of avoiding failure? (5:22)How widespread is your technique of inspection? (9:19)What types of physical products do you offer potential customers? (11:12)What makes your company stand out from the competition? (14:20)Once you saw the opportunity, how did you make the leap? (21:31)What software tools are you using? (28:17)What’s your advice for people thinking about going the startup route? (33:25)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:Why manufacturing inspection today is destructive and costly (1:18)Why individual part traceability offers a more secure inspection than general process stability (4:10)The residual problems with the current inspection process (7:13)How the company got its start (16:30)How the company is structured (26:04)An example of how predictive maintenance works (31:27)One thing you shouldn’t do when your startup is in its early stages (35:21)Connect with Ibon Iribarren:LinkedInResources:LINQcase WebsiteYouTube See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
The Real Green Revolution of Silicon with JP Mai | JPM Silicon
Startup entrepreneurs share a lot in common. Sure, there’s a general road map for starting a business, but then there are the countless other factors that decide to show up along the way. Figuring out how and whom to hire, determining the best way to raise capital, managing a growing team, the list goes on. Today’s guest is no exception to the entrepreneurial learning curve. He got his first patent back in 2007 for making silicon using microwave heating. When the company he was working with at the time offered him a more serious job, he recognized that what he was doing was important enough to go out on his own.Today I’m talking with JP Mai, Founder, and CEO of JPM Silicon. His company has the admirable goal of producing carbon-neutral silicon used to power up solar cells. We’ll hear about how he first got interested in the technology, why carbon neutrality is important, and we’ll hear some sage advice based on his experiences of starting his company. Some Questions I Ask:Why is silicon such an important material? (1:22)Why is carbon neutrality important? (2:08)What was the idea behind your company when you started? (10:56)Did you feel the need to take in outside investors? (19:32)What's your differentiator as a silicon maker in the market? (21:33)Which industries are showing interest in your product? (22:34)What different types of digital software are you using? (26:22)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:How the carbon footprint of silicon can be reduced (4:00)Where the concept of carbon-neutral silicon began (6:14)Advice for building your startup team (14:17)JP's experience using Solid Edge (18:38)Advice for other entrepreneurs (30:32)How to learn from and move beyond failure (31:40)Connect with JP Mai:LinkedInResources:JPM SiliconSolid Edge for Startups See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Riding the Startup Wave with James Crook of Forty1 Kitesurfing
A lot of people dream about “one day” starting a business, but many of these dreamers find it hard to carve out the time to actually get the wheels turning. Whether it’s a demanding job, family obligations, a lack of capital, often all of the above, taking that first step isn’t easy. Making the decision to finally move on your startup plan requires drive and dedication, and it imposes a certain amount of risk. When do you know the time has finally come to take the leap?A common origin story theme for many startups is that the definitive decision to go for it is often made during times of transition. My guest today made the call to take his big leap after the company he was working for relocated overseas. He knew it was finally time to do something about that long-held dream. Today, we’re talking to James Crook, the Founder and Managing Director at Forty1 Kitesurfing. Crook comes from a mechanical engineering background and spent most of his free time on the water. He was a kitesurfer based in the UK who was looking for a way to make a lighter board that allowed the rider to surf out into shallow waters, which would decrease the learning curve for those who were giving it a try for the first time. By employing his engineering background, he was able to look at the particular mechanics of kite board design and come up with something completely new and innovative. In this episode, we’ll talk about how kitesurfing works and how Forty1 Kitesurfing got its start. We’ll also learn about the challenges that Crook faced in the early days of the business, and what he’s learned since its inception. Today’s episode will inspire anyone currently on their startup journey, and it’ll probably make you want to catch a few waves too! Some Questions I Ask:Where did the name Forty1 Kitesurfing come from? (1:27)Where did the idea for the product come from? (5:53)What was your design and validation process like? (6:44)How can entrepreneurs start to connect with universities? (13:15)How did you earn your award for design? (14:36)What investments did you make into hardware and software? (15:51)What advice do you have for entrepreneurs, based on your experiences? (25:51)What You’ll Learn in This Episode:A breakdown of how kitesurfing actually works (2:31)The problem that Forty1 Kitesurfing is solving for customers (3:02)Why focusing on a niche market is better than casting too wide of a net (4:26)How Crook made the leap from engineering to founding a startup (8:14)The biggest challenge from an engineer’s perspective (9:18)How to start growing your business and gain traction (11:47)Lessons learned through the experiences of customers (19:20)How COVID-19 has affected the industry (22:39)Connect with James Crook:FacebookInstagramWebsite See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Riding to the Top: The Story of Rurok Industries with PJ Tolentino
The formula for a successful business revolves around the problems it’s able to solve. Recognizing pain points for potential customers is key, but the formula for how those issues are addressed is what differentiates an average product from a great one. When it came to mountain bikes, there were a lot of brands in the world, building good bikes, but none of them were providing the highly specialized components that some avid riders were looking for. To really make a dent in an industry requires more than a passive interest in the product. You have to have an obsession, something that really drives you towards evolution. You have to want it even if you’re only creating for yourself. It takes vision to solve a problem, but it takes a visionary to solve it well. And if you build it, they will come. My guest today is P.J. Tolentino, Founder and Head Engineer at Rurok Industries. Tolentino is the textbook example of someone who transformed their passion into a career. He and his team have built a successful company by dreaming up all the ways to make mountain bikes better, and then actually doing it. Their hyper-focused attention to detail has made their bikes stand out from the crowd.In this episode, we talk about how Rurok Industries got their start and the team’s unparalleled passion for the sport. Their dedication to constant innovation continues to pedal this specialized brand of mountain bikes forward as they swiftly gain global brand recognition. Some Questions I Ask:How did Rurok get its name? (1:03)What’s different about your bikes? (2:45)What challenges did you face when you started the company? (5:00)What is generative design and how do you use it? (9:25)What challenges do you anticipate in the future? (16:20)How are you scaling up from a local brand to a global brand? (17:58)What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs? (22:25)What You’ll Learn in this Episode:How a passion for sport became an idea for a startup (1:35)The super human concept of swarm optimization (6:46)How Siemens' Solid Edge Software is being used in their design process (11:45)How Rurok has found a silver lining during the pandemic (13:27)An overview of the Rurok product line (19:32)What working too hard might be trying to tell you (23:07)Connect with P.J. Tolentino:Rurok IndustriesInstagramFacebookResources:Performance bike manufacturer Rurok uses Solid Edge to streamline prototyping and development timeSiemens Article on Rurok Industries See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | Aug 24, 2020
Fix the Mask: A Simple and Efficient Solution to a Global Need
Crises give birth to opportunities and there’s a handful of smart people around the world who don’t get discouraged in the face of challenges, but instead see an empty space in the market and come up with ways to fill it up - and Siemens is always there to help them achieve their goals.As the current pandemic spread globally, one obvious issue that came up was the shortage of protection equipment, especially the worldwide need for efficient masks that could ensure the safety of all individuals. The demand rapidly outpaced the supply of N95 masks so solutions needed to be found.Luckily, as a part of the Siemens Hardware Startup Program, Sabrina and the ‘Fix the Mask’ team have been tirelessly working to supply better masks in the fight against COVID-19. She and her business partner, Megan, came up with a way to adjust the regular surgical masks to fit the safety requirements an N95 mask did, and they ended up creating an even better product that ensures greater protection against aerosolized viruses. The best part of all of this is that their solution is so simple that can be replicated by anyone around the globe.Listen to the first episode of The Hardware Startups: Digitalization to Realization podcast to learn more about this innovative concept, its impact on the health industry, and the role Siemens played in helping Sabrina and the Fix the Mask team to design and develop the product.Some questions I ask:How did you come up with this idea for Fix the Mask, and the product concept? (00:51)Can you talk a little bit about the process that you went through to validate the actual effectiveness of the design? (06:05)Can you tell us a bit more about what do you feel you're achieving with this mission? (11:23)Making sure that there's a good seal on the mask, how exactly did you simulate that or assess that with your 3D models within NX? (16:06)What other support did Siemens Digital Technologies provide to you? (22:32)In this episode, you will learn:The process of how Sabrina and her team adjusted a surgical mask to make it even more efficient than an N95 mask. (07:00)The challenges they faced early on as a company, both from a business and a product development perspective & the challenges she anticipates to meet in the future. (08:21)How Sabrina leveraged the Siemens solutions to do the design and development work of her product. (12:51)Sabrina’s vision for Fix the Mask, for the next five years. (15:08)How she successfully gathered people from all over the world, to work on her idea. (19:18)Connect with SabrinaWebsiteLinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
0 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
The first episode of hardware startups See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2021