PandoDaily’s Erin Griffith takes an in-depth look at how Scott Miller, a consultant and “China fixer,” was inspired to launch the hardware-specific crowdfunding platform Dragon Innovation.

While Kickstarter’s proven to be a great place to raise money, hardware companies face unique challenges in turning their ideas into actual products — especially if they need to manufacture them in China, Griffith writes. Then there’s the problem of selling the finished product — Kickstarter is not a store.

Dragon has relationships with more than 100 factories in China, and eventually plans to provide “end-to-end services” from fundraising to distribution — the plan is to make finished goods available to consumers on the site. Source:

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