Digi-Key Electronics, which offers the world’s largest selection of electronic components in stock for immediate shipment, furthered their dedication to enabling the world’s innovation by launching a microsite and help manual dedicated to making startups’ dreams become realities. The startup site leverages resources, tools and knowledge Digi-Key has amassed in working with thousands of startups every year. The manual, called the Startups Survival Guide, is the second edition leveraging Digi-Key’s partnership with Startups Magazine. Both resources follow the 10-step journey, from ideation and prototyping through production and support, and provide expertly curated success factors to help mitigate the complexities and navigate towards success.
“Being the engineer’s choice for early-stage prototyping through design and production, Digi-Key is uniquely positioned to share knowledge back to the startup community helping them navigate the particular challenges they face on their journey to success,” said David Sandys, director of technical marketing at Digi-Key. “Our engagement with tens of thousands of startups has enabled Digi-Key to learn ways around both common and more obscure pitfalls that hamper startups’ desires and aspirations. The new microsite and guide are two of the best resources to steer through those obstacles.”
On the startup site, startups will find all of the tools and resources in one location. It is centered around the Startup Roadmap, which is 10 steps of startup success that provide descriptions, tools and resources for each stage. The Roadmap also features a video from Limor Freid, Ladyada from Adafruit on how she approaches each of the stages. Based in New York City, Adafruit is one of the best examples of an electronics-based startup success story.
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