InventHub, a platform for open source hardware that features a collaborative hardware design tool for electronics enthusiasts and developers, has secured an undisclosed seed investment from venture capitalist Tim Draper.
Draper, whose portfolio consists of big names such as Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, SpaceX, Baidu, and Robinhood, has invested in InventHub believing firmly that it has the capability of revolutionizing the world of hardware.
Powered by artificial intelligence to automate circuit design, InventHub expands the world of hardware to just about everyone. From experienced inventors to part-time hobbyists and students, anyone will be able to use the platform to learn, design, build, test, and manufacture their projects. InventHub provides hardware developers with a user-friendly platform to easily design and prototype their next world-changing innovation. And with its community feature, users can collaborate on products and help each other make something truly outstanding.
The company’s founder and CEO, Usama Abid, is an engineer whose life centers around creating and innovating. While InventHub certainly fulfills this purpose, Usama is using his startup to help hardware enthusiasts tackle another frustrating problem.
Says Usama, “Hardware design is a messy process. Research shows that most inventors and innovators spend at least 50% of their time — depending upon their experience level — figuring out the resources and redoing the basics. One of our biggest goals is to cut down on the hardware design time. InventHub will serve as a central repository for all things hardware. As the go-to place, hardware developers can save time in the design phase to reach the commercialization phase faster, essentially changing how hardware is built today.”
Once a hardware developer is ready to move forward with a design, InventHub enables users and manufacturers to connect from within the platform, building an uberized manufacturing marketplace.
The funding from Tim Draper will be used to expand InventHub’s core team, ramping up marketing activities to increase engagement and build its open-source hardware community. The funding will also be used to create community outreach tools for manufacturers.
“The Maker Movement is an essential element of our future and if we want to grow, we must inspire. No longer do people have to retreat to their work sheds, toiling in solitude and researching for hours. InventHub opens up the world of DIY to just about anyone, believing that whatever we make, we can build it better — and more easily — if we do it together,” adds Usama Abid.
Juan Acosta, who represents Tim Draper’s fund, added “We are proud to be Inventhub’s first investors. Usama Abid is making the hardware design process, for hobbyists and professionals, easier than ever. We can’t wait to see the community grow.”