Tim Stonelake

What kind of coaching do you do?
EngineeringEngineering managementGo-to-marketProduct DesignProduct
Ideal client & kinds of help/problems you like to solve

My ideal client is a HW startup that hasn't built out an internal team completely (i.e. ME, EE, Quality, Manufacturing, etc.) and needs advising on how to grow their internal team vs. what to engage w/ Contract Manufacturers (CMs) on. I can also support CM engagement to help keep an internal team right-sized. My contract work is primarily with executives that are looking for a one-stop-shop in concept development. I can vet ideas, develop a story, create concept CAD & renders, and cost an idea quickly before you send it to a CM or add it to your roadmap.

Preferred coaching structure

Scheduled calls and/or weekly video calls. I will engage via text or Slack w/ ongoing (i.e. advisory) commitment.

Who can't you help?

While I have broad HW experience, I am not going to be able to review your schematics or layout your boards. I am happy to manage engagements with subcontractors or model shops, but I will not be able to support PCBA development directly.

In your own words

I specialize in concept development, requirements, and NPI planning for early-stage hardware startups. You may have a proof of concept, but you’re figuring out how you’re going to get from there to mass production. I can bring experience from over a dozen industry-leading B2B & D2C new product introductions to help you map that journey and get the most out of your idea (in several hours a week).