This smart gadget revolution is not just taking place in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, or China – entrepreneurs across Southeast Asia are leaping in
With crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, hardware startups are flourishing across the board – from drones to smart sex toys, and pretty much everything in between.
This smart gadget revolution is not just taking place in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, or China, which have given us pretty much all the electronics that we have at home or in our pockets. This time, the field’s open to everyone – and entrepreneurs across Southeast Asia are leaping in.
With that in mind, we’ve dug through Tech in Asia‘s extensive company database to create a list of the top 15 best-funded hardware startups in Southeast Asia, taking into account VC funding as well as crowdfunded cash.
The picture is not all so rosy, however. The pitfalls for young businesses doing hardware are immense – as shown with the recent struggles of Singapore-based Pirate3D, which has failed to ship over half of the orders for its affordable 3D printers. With Pirate3D fighting for survival, it’s not on our infographic.
Here are the 15 that made the cut. Tell us in the comments if you’ve bought any hardware made by local startups.
This post was originally published on Tech in Asia.