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Mar 29

In Pittsburgh, baby products get smart

4moms uses robotics and technology to make their inventions simpler and safer. From a self-installing carseat to a magnet-centric high chair, their products have one goal in mind: giving parents what they want.

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Mar 21

Pittsburgh hosts international Hardware Cup

Companies working on a physical product are often underestimated by investors. This event at AlphaLab Gear (April 19-20) looks to change that by highlighting up to a dozen startups from across the globe, and introducing them to Steel City in the process.

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Mar 14

Lesson #8: Don't believe the hype

Wayne Barz has more advice for startups in his latest "Incubating Innovation" column. Not every hot new thing goes mainstream. Once you've made your first sale, avoid the hype cycle and focus on pushing innovators to adopt your tech-driven product.

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Feb 3

Lesson #7: 1 > 1,000,000

For a startup, nabbing your first sale is a moment worth celebrating. In the latest installment of our 'Incubating Innovation' series, Wayne Barz talks about the journey to that big score, and the challenges that follow.

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Jan 19

Pittsburgh startup aims to pull the ole Switcheroo

Looking for home automation without the need for complex smartphone or wi-fi solutions? Mike Neilson's product allows users to easily change which outlets are controlled by existing wall switches, or to control a group of outlets with a single switch. A Kickstarter campaign is currently underway to bring Switcheroo to market.

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