Mentions that make everything worth it

Have you noticed how nowadays everythimg is about mixing terms like WORK, PASSION, EFFORT, LOVE? Very nice words indeed, but (lets be clear) tricky to become real in every case.  We are so so conscious about the fact that we are really lucky because we can talk about our jobs with passion… and so we feel very grateful for it!

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Dreams Work

 

That is why when things like this happen, we feel on cloud nine as our passion for our work gets some reward. Great job, team Bizintek! You rock!

How shouldn´t we be happy when Innobasque (the official basque innovation agency) includes us in the list of ‘The 10 basque enterpreneurs thay will make history”?

Y es que… ¿cómo no vamos a estar contentos de que Innobasque nos haya incluído en la lista de Los diez emprendedores vascos que harán historia?

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 T H A N K S!    G R A C I A S!   E S K E R R I K    A S K O!

Logotipo Bizintek. Ingeniería, Diseño de producto y tecnología de producción

New era at Bizintek

Kaixo! / ¡Hola! / Hello!

After several months’ work (and several more designing and planning), we are pleased to announce that BIZINTEK is embarking on a new stage with many changes and we are sure that it will lead to many marvelous projects and challenges.

The first and most obvious is changing the look of the brand. Our new logotype better reflects the type of company that Bizintek is today. We believe that it really reflects the values that represent us: drive, modernity, technology. What do you think?

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And everything else follows on from the new image… this new website with a cutting-edge design and in a format that can be adapted to mobile devices, our profiles in the social media – which we promise we will be updating far more frequently from now on – (Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin), and some other actions that are still in the pipeline and we hope to unveil soon.

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Ultimately, it marks a before and after in our company’s history as our main goal is reach out to the “world”. A strong commitment to a close relationship with our customers, a new approach to the sector, a new and communicative philosophy that is adapted to the new era.

Here goes, team!

Tuesday 16 June, Moway at the ‘Innobasque Tuesdays’

On Tuesday 16 June, we were at the ‘ Innobasque Tuesdays‘ on robotics and, of course, we were delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the topic, first, because we are passionate about it and second because we presented the Moway case study, one of the flagship projects at Bizintek.

And what is Moway? Actually, you can find all the technical information on the project in the projects section, but then there is also that emotional part already linked to each prototype that we deliver. Each job has a small part of the human team that has worked on it and it was not going to be any different with Moway… and all the more so if we bear in mind that it was one of our first ‘greatest hits’.

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A -tiny- mini-robot that looks like a toy, but a complex interior that opens the door to the world of robotics and programming to thousands of children around the world. Given that its main use is educational, whether in schools or in vocational training centres, we are proud to say that we have helped young students enter this world of geeks like us (and which is a very important to industry today and in the future!).

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Key words associated to the values of the small Moway are creativity, motivation, learning, opportunities… A mere trifle!

This stunning performance inEl Hormigueropops into our minds to make you smile, for example. A brilliant example of how something that is technical and apparently complicated can have recreational applications.

And the thing is… we are not talking about the future, but the present. Our children are already known as ‘digital natives and nobody has to explain to them what Internet is, what a smartphone is or how to use a tablet.. They have embraced it as something totally natural and show curiosity and an ability to learn that are truly surprising.

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Moway has been created for them. And it delights the engineer in us. ?

And you can see our intervention here if you feel like it!

 

YOU CAN SEE ALL THE PHOTOS OF THE EVENT HERE

Business Angels, the Future of the Start-ups

A significant part of the customers for whom we develop new prototype products are young start-ups where there is a great deal of talent and ideas, but a lack of financing to get the project underway.

It is true that it is very complicated (and disheartening) to invest energy, effort and money in projects that would have a place on the real market, but which are forced to stay in a drawer because the brains behind them do not have sufficient funding.

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This is exactly what the ‘Business Angels’ try to avoid. It is a really moving term to describe the help and backing that those investment groups provide. Basically, they select start-up projects that are potentially promising and inject capital in the company in exchange for a stake in it.

Furthermore, it is not just a mere monetary relationship, as it is very usual for the angels to get more involved in the project and provide their personal experience in the business managed and development that helps the founding partners on their path towards success.

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Working in tandem, the partners and the investor agree the terms in each case to guarantee that the interests of both are covered. Ultimately, the common goal in the majority of the cases is selling in the medium term, once the project has taken off so that one side can get a return on the investment and the other can develop the full potential of the project.

This financing system is becoming increasingly more common due to the striking proliferation of the start-ups to do with the world of the new technologies.

Some links of interest:

AEBAN

INNOBAN

CRECERMAS

We are Connected!

You only need to glance at our project portfolio to realise what is currently the key concept in the product design and engineering sector: connected, connected, connected.

Yet nobody can image a world without being connected to some type of network and therefore any new products starts out with the aim of covering our new (and often specific) needs, but above all always conceptualised in order to be able to dump, share and receive data through a connection, whether by GPS, Bluetooth, WI-FI or another technology.

There are numerous possibilities and very easy to customize!

We would like to share with you a couple of projects that we like (each for different reasons, as you will see)**** In fact, some of our team are just waiting for them to be launched to get one!****

Here you have the NIXIE, the selfie-drone-bracelet. Bound to delight the geek in you!

Nixie Gadget

And here is SHOEFIE… This section is not quite so technological, but… it’s bound to make you laugh!

Lean Startup in Product Design

The new product design and launch cycles are changing quickly. There are now certain important conditioning factors that must be taken into account when launching a product:

  • Commercial targets: you need to be ambitious when calculating your product’s sales, but you must remember that less than 20% of products meet their commercial targets. The commercial targets will not be met in four out of every 5 products designed: fewer units are sold than initially expected or it takes longer to achieve those figures. We should therefore consider different scenarios to minimise the risk.
  • Time to market:According to the studies conducted by IBS consultants, a month’s delay in a product launch means a 10% loss in profits on average (depending on the type of product and sector) and a 12 month delay cuts sales by 50% and 90%.

The method proposed by Eric Ries in The Lean Startup is based on an iterative cycle consisting of:

  • Developing an idea to transform It into a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Measuring the behaviour of the users
  • Analysing the data obtained
  • The learning needed to adapt.

There are two clear goals when thinking about applying those methods to designing a Hardware MVP:

  • Minimising risk: Using minimum resources to achieve real feedback on the market so as not to spend (or invest) money on a product that will not be sold and thus be able to measure and analyse that feedback to modify our product, launch It (if it is ready) on the market or abandon it.
  • Cutting the time to market:This methodology seeks to minimise the resources invested in what the customer does not appreciate and use streamlined development mechanisms to achieve the final product as fast as possible.

Lean Startup en disen?o de producto

When you are embarking on designing and launching a hardware product where there are much longer timelines and greater costs than those for software, you should follow some guidelines:

  1. Keep it Simple. Place great emphasis on product design. Using brain storming systems is important, but it is equally as important to perform a convergence process which leaves just the essential that your customers are after when purchasing the product. We must try to involve our customers in this first phase. That is important!
  2. Quick prototypes: Making many and cheap prototypes will help you reach the final solution more quickly and means that any future problems in the development process can be detected at a very early stage. 3D printers for aesthetical assessments, CNC in mechanics and solutions such as Arduino, OpenPicus or BeagleBoard in electronics are essential tools.
    • Despite working on prototypes initially, the suppliers and manufacturers should be involved from the earliest stages of the project to avoid problems in production.
    • Conducting many field tests with customers will minimise the risk when launching the product and will enable you to pivot and adapt it to your customer’s needs.
  3. Launch a pre-order campaign on your website using virtual designs and videos of your prototypes in operation. If you manage to raise interest, you can also generate your first earnings. If the production at a sufficiently advanced stage, you can market your first prototypes assembled manually. Once the product is near the market, you can use crowdfunding platforms to kickstart your first sales.
  4. Once you have the product ready for production, you have just completed 10% or 20% of the journey. You now have to manufacture it and sell it. If the project has been well oriented in the previous steps and you have collected and measured the information correctly, the risk will be minimised. You will be able to better estimate potential sales according to the interest raised and you can channel the investments in production to the sales that you expect

Company-Oriented University?

Around a month ago, we embarked on a selection process for an industrial designer to join Bizintek to work on designing and developing new products. We received a pile of CVs (over 200) which is not at all surprising given the high unemployment figures. What I was pleased to see is the quality of the CVs.

There are many young people who really want to apply design to creating new products. Some of them told us that many of their fellow students had been forced to turn away from design and focus on more technical and engineering areas due to the lack of job prospects in those areas.

The majority sent us the concepts and projects developed when they were studying Industrial Design Engineering or a Master’s Degree (many of them abroad) and I was delighted by the approach and how the projects were developed within their studies. Many of the candidates had studied Industrial Design at Mondragón University and for the first time ever, it struck me that studying a degree in engineering in Spain has really prepared students for the workplace and has particularly forced the students to think in terms of user, business models, selling the product, the idea, creativity, etc.

We did not even touch on these areas when studying Telecom at the Bilbao School of Engineering and we did very few practical activities oriented to the job market and product creation and design. I realise that the syllabus has changed excessively since I was at university.

¿La universidad orientada a la empresa?

In general, university education is overlooking the fact that, in any of the branches of engineering, the work of an engineer must prioritise creating and designing objects, systems and processes focusing on the market and generating value.

CHANGE IS NEEDED

If I look at it from the prospect of my own university education and the cases that I have come across, I do not believe that we training the professionals of the future from a company and professional development oriented approach. I agree with the discourse that maintains that university helps to forge a structure of basic knowledge on which we there develop our career.

However, times have changed and a company can no longer wait for graduates to take a further one or two years to learn while they work (this may also be one of the reasons behind the extremely high unemployment rate of the under 30s). We have to bridge that gap as far as possible and I do not believe that the current university system needs to be take part, but only that some changes need to be made.

  • Subjects in English: The level of English of our university graduates is among the worst in Europe. They hardly use the language during their 4 or 5 years at university.
  • More group work “simulating the future work to be carried out”: setting up a company, a design commissioned by a customer. And so on. These situations help you to have an overview of how companies are run.
  • In-class presentation of papers: I believe that I ended my university studies without having to present not even of one my papers. Knowing how to sell yourself and what you do is 50% of professional success
  • Dramatically pruning the subjects that are easily available in Wikipedia: There is no point in accumulating useless information in our brains and we also forget it in under a year.
  • Compulsory internships in company during the last year of the degree.

Author: Daniel del Río