Hardware Circle is a community for founders by founders.  Our mission is to support motivated hardware hustlers to figure out how to properly scale their manufacturing in China.  We have more than 75 years experience and have manufactured more than 100 million products as a community.  

Member Testimonials


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"After a successful product launch we knew the real work was still ahead of us. We knew many hardware companies crash and burn after selling millions on Kickstarter. The team at Hardware Circle supported us from prototype to production."

-Florian, CEO of Soundbrenner


"Mass manufacturing in China is extremely difficult if you've never done it yourself. Although my team had experience with a major corporate, the community at Hardware Circle helped us figure it out for my own product." 

-Paul, CEO of Aumeo

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"I knew to produce my hardware at scale, China was the only option. I knew I had to find a supportive group to help me solve the puzzle of manufacturing in China, and I couldn't imagine a better community than Hardware Circle."

-Antoine, CEO of Kello


Mass Manufacturing 101

  • Life after prototype
  • Negotiating in China
  • Proprietary hardware cashflow tool

How to Source and Audit your Contract Manufacturer

  • Chinese factory visit checklist
  • Soft tooling vs hard tooling
  • When to engage your CM