There is a new obsession in Internet shopping. There are those that believe buying 3D printer can best be done through online Kickstarter sales. Kickstarter is widely known for providing a means to prospective entrepreneurs to get their dream projects funded and fully realized. But lately it seems that some funders are thinking of it like an online shopping experience and funding projects in hopes of obtaining some new some new technological breakthrough. In this article I will explore these ideas along with the pros and cons of funding these projects.
For many companies manufacturing in China, imitation is also a serious business challenge undermining months of research and development and diluting the value of a product or brand. At Kodama, we experienced product cloning first hand. In this post, we want to share the story of how our latest product was copied before it became available to the market, our main lessons from the whole affair, and how we managed to come out of it on top. But before we do that, here is an overview of the practice of copying (new) products.