Tom Kennedy is founder and CEO of Refactory, a company that develops hardware as quickly as other companies develop software. ReFactory’s block designer makes developing sophisticated functionality simple. If you require functionality that is not in the company’s functional block library, then they have custom development capabilities to make your product quickly and cheaply. They can build your functional prototype, and when you’re ready to hit the market, they can help build your initial production runs.
As for Kennedy himself, he has worked on a wide range of technical projects, such as medical devices, industrial control systems, robotics, wireless products and consumer electronics. He worked from 2004-2008 at Honeybee Robotics, an aerospace company. There, he was the lead electrical engineer for the Sample Manipulation System, a robotic sample handling system aboard Mars Curiosity, which continues to operate to this day on the surface of Mars. After Honeybee, Kennedy co-founded EnergyHub and served as the Director of Hardware Development and CTO, where he led the development of seven products that were deployed in the thousands by utility companies throughout the US. He worked on every aspect of the development from the hardware and firmware R&D to the selection of the contract manufacturers and the certification and mass production of the products. It was through this process that he learned firsthand how hardware startups get products made overseas and the challenges they face in doing so.
Yes, you’d be in good hands.
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