Until very recently, almost all successful crowd funding camapigns were consumer electronics based. It was as if everyone in Silicon Valley was either starting a new company or giving money to help out their friends or both.
Things have expanded over the last few years. Start up denim companies have been funded with well over $500k. Movies are being produced (Veronica Mars fans rejoice!).
It follows the "Maker" trend. People want to be a part of something.
I'm really intrigued by the concept of using crowdfunding for new product ideas. This method is a fresh and innovative way to generate venture capital for the development of new products during these challenging economic times. Hats off to Scanadu for using this technique so successfully.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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