18 Phasma & Innovation in the gaming industry (aka "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY")

18 Phasma & Innovation in the gaming industry (aka "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY")

Would you wear a mask while working? Or while playing video games? You may need the Phasma mask! A problem known mostly to gamers with small apartments and a girlfriend! But also an issue because of those useless open space offices, where it’s always too loud. This is a conspiracy! Just go to another room or get a different apartment! Shut up and take my money!

Meet Andrés, the founder and inventor from Metadox, the company behind the revolutionary 'Phasma' mask. This is no ordinary face mask from the good old Covid times - it's a groundbreaking piece of technology that is soundproof and equipped with a microphone, allowing you to communicate with the world while maintaining a peaceful environment for those around you. Let's dive into this journey of innovation in the gaming industry, crowdfunding and why it’s so hard to develop a hardware product from scratch.

Hosted by two former CTOs who decided to stay hands-on, both veterans of the industry with decades of experience as engineers. You can expect many stories from current and past ventures. Meet Innovation Engineer Tarek Madany Mamlouk and Principal Engineer Sebastian "Waschi" Waschnick.


Key Takeaways
  • Creating and shipping a hardware product is way harder than you might think, planning is way more relevant compared to building software products. It’s also very hard for a small company to find a team which works.
  • Move fast and start things as fast as possible. If you can start with a prototype and 3d printers, go for it. Don’t directly start production in Asia, as this is most of the time the biggest risk to lose everything at once.
  • Nothing is written when you start a company. You get a lot of advice and everybody wants to tell you something. But you have the choice and the freedom to do things differently. You can do them your way.  
  • It’s hard to market to companies and freelancers, as even giving your employees the Phasma for free would be really strange
  • Crowdfunding is more like a donation for creators, but the marketing from the big providers let it sound like you are guaranteed your selected benefits. Which is just not true.
  • Not having investors can also be a huge benefit, especially in hard times like the Covid pandemic.

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Creators and Guests

Sebastian Waschnick
Producer
Sebastian Waschnick
Principal Engineer | The Innovation Engineer Podcast
Tarek Madany Mamlouk
Producer
Tarek Madany Mamlouk
Innovation Engineer by Day, Content Creator by Night
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