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November 27, 2014

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Las Vegas builds a factory for hardware startups

Startup hardware projects are notorious for their manufacturing and fulfillment delays. Dreaming up a cool product is one thing; making it come to life is another, one that usually involves a bunch of trips to China.

“Literally all of us have this problem,” said Jen McCabe, who has invested in 21 hardware startups for the VegasTechFund and previously helped the Kickstarter-funded Romo smartphone robot come to life. “It’s not just companies coming off of crowdfunding, but also large companies doing prospective prototyping. There’s a need to make something quickly and cost-effectively with multiple iterations.”

McCabe is now founder and CEO of a company called Factorli, which aims to solve that problem for other new hardware products affordably and domestically.

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