Capital Factory’s Saturday Startup Spotlight series returns this week with the Founder and CEO of Patchr: Eric Schneider. With Patchr, printed circuit board (PCB) prototyping can be done in three simple steps: envision an idea, build your design online, and submit your board to be manufactured in one week.
Dive into Patchr’s process and Eric’s commitment to building a supportive community among PCB enthusiasts.
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Can you give us the elevator pitch for Patchr?
Patchr helps hardware developers design and manufacture printed circuit boards more efficiently using our cloud-based end to end software solution. We take users from idea to printed circuit board in one week.
What do you offer beyond just the final product?
Our main goal is to grow a community around our products. That includes sharing projects, learning from each other, and cultivating interaction between our members. If you have an idea for an IoT project, for example, you can look through our IoT templates or tutorials and get started right away.
As a startup founder, what challenges are you facing as you navigate the entrepreneurial world?
That’s an easy one— time. I would love it if days were 36 hours, because there’s just not enough time in the normal 24-hour cycle. Figuring out how to manage your time is key as a sole founder, and that’s been especially true since coming to Capital Factory.
What connections are you looking for at Capital Factory? Who would you like to meet?
We’re focused on meeting hardware companies or people who have built hardware before. DIY culture and EdTech companies also interest us; we’ve seen Patchr’s biggest impact come from education and hobbyists.
What do you want our community to know about Patchr?
We care about the people that use our product. All of our competitors built software and designed a 200-page manual for you to figure it out— but we want to be there and interact with our users, cultivate the community, and build a revolution around our product.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Eric!
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Recently, Austin Inno nominated Patchr as one of Austin’s Top 50 on Fire— learn more about how they’re driving Austin forward! Eric was also featured on an episode of Austinpreneur, Capital Factory’s podcast. Listen to him talk about “Combining Art and Technology to Benefit Everybody.”
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