First Perfect Pitch Startup Presentation Competition a Success – CEI Takes Home the Unicorn Cup

perfect-pitch-16-all-2The verdict is in, if the company barq! actually existed they would have raised a lot of seed money yesterday.  Members of the Phoenix area startup community gathered at PADT to try out a new idea: what if the experts who mentor and coach startups tried their hands at pitching a company?  The result was fun, funny, and educational.

title-slides-perfect-pitch-2017Local incubators/accelerators CEI, Seed Spot, and Tallwave joined PADT in pitching a totally made up company, barqk! to a group of judges who are startup experts.  We talked about poop, doggy depression, bessel functions, big data, valuations, and the cat revolt. In the end we ended up with four fantastic examples of how to pitch a company and how to answer questions from investors.  One of the best parts was that every single team finished their pitch in the 10 minutes they were given, and they covered everything that needed to be covered. Yes, it can be done!

And the winner is… The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI).  Tom Schumann and Patti DuBois told a story, explained the product, and got across the value to the investors of the product

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You can watch the recording of the presentations in the video below.  Take some time to watch the pitches and get a feel for barqk!, and how different organizations approach telling the story and more importantly, attracting investors.  The audience noticed that each team had a unique take that represented their strengths.

Our judges were Jim Goulka from Arizona Technology Investors, Christie Kerner from ASU, Carine Dieude of Altima Business Solutions, and Linda Capcara with TechTHiNQ, and they did a fantastic job, especially with keeping a straight face when the contestants responded with some very inventive responses. Their contribution was important.

If you are interested in doing a similar event, here is some background information:

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  • Each team gets a copy of the angel group funding application and a logo.
  • Each team gets 10 minutes to pitch
  • The judges have up to 5 minutes to ask questions
  • The other presenters can listen in
  • PowerPoint slides are allowed
  • Some variation from the company application is allowed for humor or to fill gaps, but everyone should stick to the same basic material

Here is their angel funding application, everything you need to know about them is in there: barqk-angel-application-1.pdf

We look forward to doing this again, hopefully as part of a larger startup event. Thank you to all who participated by pitching, judging, or being in the audience.

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Who will win the Unicorn Cup next?

Phoenix Business Journal: Manufacturing Month in Arizona – Looking Strong

Just-Published-PBJ-1October is not just the long awaited end of high temperatures in Arizona, it is also Manufacturing Month. As we start to have lunch outside again, it is a good time for those of us involved in making stuff to reflect on our recent successes and on what we can do to make things even better. Find some interesting statistics and suggestions on next steps in “Manufacturing Month in Arizona – Looking Strong

Phoenix Business Journal: ​The Cloud, the other enabler for what is next

Just-Published-PBJ-1The Cloud, everyone talks about it but have you really taken the time to see where it fits in to physical product development, especially when dealing with the Internet of Things.  I take a look from PADT’s perspective in: “The Cloud, the other enabler for what is next

Press Release: PADT Co-founder and Principal, Eric Miller, Elected to Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors

PADT-Press-Release-IconWe are pleased to announce that PADT’s contribution to the technology community was recognized with the election of one of the owners to the Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors.  Please read the press release below to learn more.

This honor will allow us to increase our involvement with the Arizona Technology Council and help where we can to add even more value to this great orginization.  If you have any questions about the AZTC or how you can get more involved in the state’s dynamic technology community, contact us or come to our open house this Thursday (10/27/2016), Nerdtoberfest.

Official copies of the press release can be found in HTML and PDF.

Press Release:

PADT Co-founder and Principal, Eric Miller, Elected to Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors

PADT Brings Innovative Ideas and Experience to Help the Council Fulfill Its Goals of Advancing Arizona’s Technology Sector

TEMPE, Ariz., October 26, 2016 – Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT), the Southwest’s largest provider of numerical simulation, product development and 3D Printing services and products, today announced its Co-founder and Principal, Eric Miller, has been elected to serve on the Arizona Technology Council’s Board of Directors for a three-year term.

eric-twitterMiller brings more than 30 years of technology industry experience to the Council’s existing world-class board, represented by 39 Arizona companies. He will serve in an advisory and fiduciary role by representing the interests of the state’s technology industries in the Council’s strategic planning and on-going operations.

“As engineers, we are all about things being value-added, and the Council has proved to be one of the most value-added organizations that we have worked with in the state,” said Miller. “We look forward to contributing to their outstanding efforts in STEM education, pro-technology legislation, building networks in the community, and serving as the focal point for this growing and critical business sector.”

PADT is actively involved in Arizona’s technology community and is represented on the steering committee of Arizona Technology Investors. The company also serves on numerous boards including BioAccel’s Council of Advisors and the President’s STEM Advisory Board of Grand Canyon University.

“PADT is a leader in Arizona’s technology sector and has demonstrated a track record of serving and advocating for our technology community,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “The key lessons they’ve learned and knowledge of what it takes to grow a successful business will be valuable in helping the Council achieve its goals.”

About Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies
Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) is an engineering product and services company that focuses on helping customers who develop physical products by providing Numerical Simulation, Product Development, and Rapid Prototyping solutions. PADT’s worldwide reputation for technical excellence and experienced staff is based on its proven record of building long term win-win partnerships with vendors and customers. Since its establishment in 1994, companies have relied on PADT because “We Make Innovation Work.” With over 80 employees, PADT services customers from its headquarters at the Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona, and from offices in Torrance, California, Littleton, Colorado, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Murray, Utah, as well as through staff members located around the country. More information on PADT can be found at http://www.PADTINC.com.

About the Arizona Technology Council
The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Arizona Technology Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together leaders, managers, employees and visionaries to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org.

Media Contact
Alec Robertson
TechTHiNQ on behalf of PADT
585-281-6399
alec.robertson@techthinq.com
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Eric Miller
PADT, Inc.
Principal & Co-Owner
480.813.4884
eric.miller@padtinc.com

 

AZ Big Media: How 3D Printing is Changing Manufacturing

azbusinessleaders-1Rey Chu, one of PADT’s owners and our head of Manufacturing Technologies, is featured in the 2017 issue of AZ Business Leaders with his article “How 3D Printing is Changing Manufacturing” It is a great overview of 3D printing and how it is impacting the way we make things.

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Nerdtoberfest: Perfect Pitch Startup Competition and the Fight for The Unicorn Cup Heat Up

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William and Mahatma guard The Unicorn Cup before the competition.

The teams are set, the judges have confirmed.  Details on the fake company has been shared. It is time to see how the professionals pitch a tech startup. The area’s best startup incubators and accelerators are facing off in this head to head competition to take home the awesome Unicorn Cup and bragging rights.

The teams are:

Thomas Schumann and Patti DuBois from CEI
Nate Mortenson from Tallwave
Wiley Larson from ASU
Lauren McDannel and John Johnson from Seed Spot

Our distinguished panel of judges consists of

Rebel Brown of Cognoscenti
Carine Dieudé of Altima Business Solutions
Jim Goulka of ATI
Christie Kerner of ASU
David McCaleb of ATI

Perfect Pitch is a contest where teams present the same fictitious technology startup company.  A group of expert judges will determine who gave the best pitch. The event is part of PADT’s Nerdtoberfest celebration of engineering and manufacturing in Arizona, and takes place from 4:30-6:00 on Thursday, October 27th at our Tempe offices.

Everyone is invited! We will have an overflow area set up if we get more than can fit in our seminar room where you can watch live.  We will also be streaming the event live to the world (watch this blog and social media for the link).

barqk-logo-200-1If seeing the best of the best pitch is not enough, here is some info about our fictitious Company: barqk!

At barqk!,  we deploy the latest cloud based machine learning and big data algorithms to convert your dog’s barking into words on your mobile device so that you can understand your pet’s needs, if they are sick, and be made aware of danger.

Dog owners face significant problems communicating with their pets. Although you can train a dog to obey commands, the dog cannot tell it’s owners what it needs or wants. This leads to significant stress for the owner and may lead to death when the animal cannot communicate an obvious and present danger.

Barqk! has created a cloud connected wearable device for dogs that records their barking and uses machine learning and big data algorithms to convert dog-speak into human-speak. The translated words are sent via text or through our app to the owner’s phone. Initially the owners provide feedback to the network, and the responses of all owners to every dog’s bark are collected as big data then fed through our proprietary algorithms that use Bessel functions and advanced machine learning approximations to develop a consensus on what a given bark means. Over time a translation for each dog will be developed and we expect 87% accuracy.

 

Students 3D Print and Assemble Prosthetic Hands for School Project

hand1What do you get when you combine a motivated student leader, enthusiastic classmates, a worldwide online community, and the latest 3D Printing technology from Stratasys? You give children around the world a cool way to hold things again.  That is what happened when high school student Rahul Jayaraman of Basis Chandler decided to take part in a project called Enabling The Future. They describe themselves as “A global network of passionate volunteers using 3D Printing to give the world a ‘helping hand'” by designing a wide variety of prosthetic hands for kids that can be printed and assembled by volunteers.

Local news station, KSAZ FOX 10 Phoenix stopped by PADT while we were printing three hands in our Stratasys FORTUS 450 to interview Rahul and talk to us about the project.  It gives a great summary:

And Channel 3, KTVK, came to the assembly event at Basis Chandler:>

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As did Channel 12, KPNX:

3D Printing is a fantastic technology for one simple reason, it enables almost anyone to manufacture parts. All you need is a good design. And that is where the people at Enabling the Future come in.  Check out their website to see some great examples of how their volunteer work changes so many lives. Have a box of tissue handy if you watch the videos…

This is how the project works.  A leader like Rahul takes the initiative to sign up for the project. He then chooses which of the many designs he wants to make.  For this first go around, he picked a general design from Thingiverse called the Raptor Reloaded.  Next they needed the hardware you could not 3D Print – screws springs, velcro, and bits and pieces that hold the design together.  For this they needed to raise $25 per hand so Rahul was given the opportunity to learn how to raise money, a very useful skill.

hand2PADT’s Dhruv Bhate and the rest of our 3D Printing team worked with Rahul to get the design just right and then 3D Print the hands.  That will be done this week and this weekend the next phase will take place. Rahul and a large number of his classmates from Basis Chandler will get together at the school this weekend to put thirty or so hands together.  They will then box them up and another volunteer group, www.HandChallenge.com, will ship them to kids in the developing world that need them.

Here is a video from Tom Fergus from Fox10 showing a closeup of the hand in action:

We at PADT love projects like this because it is win-win-win.  The students get a chance to run a complicated project by themselves, learning the skills they will need later in life to organize, manage, and finish a project. PADT wins because we can contribute to our chosen area of charity, STEM education, in a way that benefits others beyond a given school. And the big winners are the kids around the world that receive a new and cool way to grab hold of life.

We will have sample hands at our open house next Thursday: Nerdtoberfest as well as an update when we get feedback from the distribution of the hands.

See how the Experts Pitch a Startup Company – And Win the Unicorn Cup

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What if a group of tech startup experts all pitched the same company, the goal being to show the best way to do a pitch? That is what PADT’s Pitch Perfect is about.   We are asking some of Arizona’s most talented investors, entrepreneurs, and mentors to volunteert where they can show the right way to pitch a technology startup. And the best presenters will receive the incredible “Unicorn Cup” award – a fine work of craftsmanship handcrafted in a foreign land.

This event is part of our Nerdtoberfest celebration on October 27th, 2016 and will be from 4:30-6:00, right before our open house. So far CEI has stepped up as a competitor, and we are looking for 3 more experienced people to take the challenge.

shutterstock_startups1We will have four teams have 10 minutes each to present the company, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges.  Each company gets the same Angel Funding application for the company: Barqk! – Let your dog speak.

Anyone can attend and we will be streaming the presentations live.  Just register for our Nerdtoberfest, www.padtinc.com/nerdtoberfest, if you would like to attend.

We are still looking for Judges and presenters, so email Eric Miller (eric.miller@padtinc.com) if you are interested in volunteering for either.

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Phoenix Business Journal: The Cloud, the other enabler for what is next

Just-Published-PBJ-1If you work in tech you probably hear the phrase “The Cloud” almost every day. It is a useful buzzword because it shortly and concisely creates an image that represents a critical enabler for much of the breakthrough and disruptive technology that is headed our way. In “The Cloud, the other enabler for what is next” I take a look at what is going on and how it is impacting technology across the board.

Invitation: Annual Open House is Coming – Nerdtoberfest

nerdtoberfest-logo-1d-400wThe best party in town for engineering and manufacturing is PADT’s annual open house, and this year we are making it better with Nerdtoberfest.  We are inviting more partners and customers to join us to celebrate all that the state has to offer for those of us who make our living making things. Take a tour, meet new people, learn about what is new. Just join us! We expect between 200 and 300 people.

Read on to learn more or register here.

The Basic Details

  • When:
    • October 27th, 2016
    • Metal 3D Printing Seminar: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Perfect Pitch Competition – Watch some of the best tech startup mentors in town show how to pitch a company, and win the “Unicorn Cup”: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
    • Open House: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Where:
    • 7755 S Research Dr, Suite 110, Tempe, AZ 85284
  • What:
    • Come see PADT’s new metal 3D Printer – it is very cool
    • Attend a special pitch event where the valley’s best startup mentors pitch the same company to a group of judges
    • Marvel at the latest structural, fluid, and electromagnetic simulation software
    • See our lab and manufacturing areas
    • There will be beer, there will be pizza. We will have water and soda as well.
    • Stand in awe as you gaze upon our 1000+ core compute cluster
    • Meet the who’s who of Arizona technology people
  • Who:
    • Engineers, manufacturers, makers, teachers, innovators, inventors, suppliers
    • Those who are interested in and of the above or just like being around smart people
    • Our Sponsors include: the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), Arizona Technology Council, RevAZ, Arizona Commerce Authority, Mesa Community College and AzAMI, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

Enough info? Register here or keep reading.

What’s Going On?

If you have never been to one of our open houses before, they are simply a gathering of the local tech community to learn more about how things are designed and made. We have stations set up that show the software and hardware we use to improve product development. A big draw is our extensive 3D Printing capabilities as well as our leading edge virtual testing software.  It is a great way to expose your family, friends, kids, and coworkers to what engineering and manufacturing are all about.

Something new, a Pre Show

Before the open house we will have a talk on metal 3D Printing from 3 to 4 pm. Dr. Dhruv Bhate will go over how metal 3D Printing works, talk about why it is such a breakthrough, and share some examples of how to use it effectively.

Then we have a new event from 4:30-6:00: Watch the Experts in our “Perfect Pitch” event. We have asked some of the area’s best mentors to startups to come and pitch the same company. See how a pitch should be done and share more than a few laughs along the way.

Meet others who make stuff

The best part of this event is getting to meet other people who work in engineering and manufacturing.  You can go to events all year, but they tend to be focused on an industry, startups, or a certain part of the state. Everyone comes to PADT’s open houses and it is a great chance to meet and share ideas.

So, just come.  It is fun and we promise two things:  You will learn something and you will meet someone new.  Bring the family, bring your neighbors.

Let’s celebrate what we do!

Register at bit.ly/nerdtoberfest so we know how much beer, water, soda, and pizza to get.

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​Are we going too far to achieve maximum productivity?

Just-Published-PBJ-1You can have too much of a good thing.  If we step back and look at what technology businesses are doing today to push productivity to extremes, it may be time to ask “Are we going too far to achieve maximum productivity?

My thought is that we have in two areas  – we have stretched employees to the breaking point and we don’t set aside time for innovation.  In this blog post I share why this hurts productivity in the long run and what we can do about it.

Digital Engineering: Fast-Forwarding Next-Generation Product Development

digital_engineering_logoNothing beats seeing a product we were part of hit the shelves, except seeing that product become a success.  The Globalstar Spot3 project was even better because we were able to apply the full range of PADT’s capabilities to contribute to this success: Product Development, Simulation, and 3D Printing.

In “Fast-Forwarding Next-Generation Product Development” PADT’s Mike Landis outlines how we applied leading edge technology and a proven process to quickly develop Globalstar’s next-generation design, not just for performance but also for manufactuing.  The article is a great overview of the service PADT has to offer and how we partner with customers to make their innovation work.

If you have a new generation of an existing product line, or a brand new product under development and want a better product to market faster, PADT is here to help with our design, simulation, 3D Printing, test, and manufacturing expertise.  Just give us a call at 1-800-293-PADT or email info@paditnc.com.

 

PADT Events – October 2016

PADT-Events-LogoWelcome to October, fall, and the last three months of the year. This month we have our normal collection of events plus a very special open house at our Tempe Office to celebrate engineering and manufacturing in Arizona.


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This very special event introduces a new name to our annual open house in Tempe, AZ.  This year we are partnering with many different local groups to make the event even bigger and better.  We usually get between 200 and 300 people for these fun and informative evenings where you can not only learn more about PADT and what we do, but also about the Arizona engineering and manufacturing community.

Check your email for more information, visit www.padtinc.com/nerdtoberfest for updates, or just go ahead and register here.


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October 13: Tucson, AZ
SOUTHERN ARIZONA TECH + BUSINESS EXPO

This is the event for technology companies in Southern Arizona.  With networking, great keynote speakers, and presentations you will not want to miss this opportunity to dig deep into the fantastic tech community in and around Tucson. PADT will be there as will many of our customers.

See a great video, the agenda, and register here.


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October 18-19: Salt Lake City, UT
AmCon Salt Lake, 2016

The annual AmCon show in Salt Lake is one of our favorite Utah events.  This is where our customers and others involved in design and manufacturing gather together to learn and network. With free seminars on a variety of products and most of the key vendors that support the state, it is time well spent. We will be there again this year and hope to see you there.

Get the details and register here.


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October 21: Golden, CO
AIAA Rocky Mountain Section’s 5th Annual Technical Symposium

The AIAA Rocky Mountain Section’s 5th Annual Technical Symposium aims to bring together the Rocky Mountain area’s innovative, enthusiastic, and technical minds for a one-day event to collaborate, network, and share ideas about new technologies and implementation strategies. The event includes a main hall for keynote speakers, food & networking, sponsor booths, and human relations tables from local companies as well as panel sessions on the Direction of the Industry, STEM Education and Outreach, Job Market/Career Advancement, and Colorado Aerospace Initiatives in the Rocky Mountain region.

PADT will be speaking and will have a booth at this great event, held at the C. Learn more here.


isbf-biogabrication-logoOctober 29-31: Winston-Salem, NC
Biofabrication 2016

One of the most exciting areas of new research that bridges PADT’s capabilities is Biofabrication – manufacturing biological materials and structures. PADT will be in attendance and will also be presenting.

Register here.


PADT-Webinar-LogoWe are still scheduling this month’s webinars, check back for more info as we set them up.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​3D printing takes a giant step forward toward production manufacturing

Just-Published-PBJ-1This year’s IMTS show in Chicago saw the introduction of some great new 3D Printing technology that makes the creation of end-use parts from additive manufacturing even more feasible. “3D printing takes a giant step forward toward production manufacturing” shares my observations on the subject.

Phoenix Business Journal: ​Arizona solidifies position as a leader in space technology

Just-Published-PBJ-1NASA launched the OSIRIS-REx mission on September 8, 2016. Not only is this a cool mission to explore our solar system, but it’s a big deal because Arizona has a ton at stake in its success.  “Arizona solidifies position as a leader in space technology” goes over what ASU, UofA and KinetX, Inc. contributed to this great project.