Our Alumni - 2014
Podo Labs has created the world’s first “stick and shoot,” a small camera that can stick anywhere, liberating the selfie from its poorly-framed, arm’s-length, bathroom mirror roots.
Just slap Podo onto a wall, window, or anything else you can think of and you’re good to go: its micro-suction pad is safe, temporary, and won’t degrade.
How Podo worked with Highway1
At the start of the program, Podo’s camera was working, but far from finished. “We had a functioning but not-fully-integrated prototype,” is how company president Eddie Lee remembers it. “We had the pieces proven separately, but not in one package.”
Not a bad start, but there was a lot to do, and according to Lee, “We couldn’t afford an office at the beginning, so just having a place to collaborate together was really valuable.” That, and being able to work alongside others on the same journey: “I think our class was really great; we met a lot of good people and companies.”
Lee looks back on the trip to China the most fondly, “going there with a bunch of other people who’re excited about similar goals and seeing factories firsthand. I felt like you wouldn’t be able to get that kind of access without the in that PCH has.”
“We loved it,” Lee says of the Highway1 experience as a whole. The most valuable thing he learned? There were too many to choose from: “Taking your prototype to something manufacturable, managing a schedule, how to communicate with factories, the sorts of growing pains you could learn the hard way; Highway1 helped us avoid some major pitfalls.
It gives you someone to talk to about shipping or your tooling — rather than hiring a whole in-house team or trying to build the expertise ourselves, Highway1 had a lot of mentors we could reach out to directly for help.”
After a successful launch, Podo joined PCH Access and is shooting for an on-time ship date in August.