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Does any of this sound familiar to you?

  • You have a great idea for a new product but you have no idea how to proceed with it.
  • You're a technical entrepreneur who knows some aspects of product development but not everything.
  • You're a non-technical entrepreneur outsourcing development but you need guidance through the long, complex process to get a new product to market.
  • You are overwhelmed by all of the different areas of expertise required including development, fundraising, certifications, manufacturing, marketing, and sales.

You've come to realize you can't do this all by yourself. You know you need help!

Introducing the Hardware Academy

Get the expert support, training, trusted referrals, resources, and community you need to successfully bring your new electronic hardware product to market.




Get access to in-depth video courses and workshops that will teach you all of the skills you need to succeed with your new product.

Course topics include both technical and entrepreneurial topics. A new course or workshop is released every month while you also get access to the full course library.

Some of the currently available courses include:

  • Hardware Roadmap: From Idea to Manufacturing
  • Understanding Certifications and Regulatory Requirements
  • How to Design Your Own Custom PCB
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling
  • Online Marketing and Building an Audience
  • Defining and Validating Your MVP (Workshop)
  • Finding Your First Big Customers (Workshop)
  • Estimating Your Product's Manufacturing Cost


As a member of the Hardware Academy you will get private consulting with John Teel.

This includes both email consulting and access to a private communication area inside the community.

John is in the community every day with all of the other experts answering questions and providing advice, but he is also available for private discussion at any time.

Any confidential information you share privately is protected by an NDA so you can feel safe sharing all of the details about your product.


You'll get access to a qualified list of over 200 developers, suppliers, and manufacturers.

This alone is worth the cost of the Academy! These are all companies that either I've used personally, or that have been recommended by other members.

No longer do you have to guess who is best, or risk being ripped off. Now you get trusted referrals for developers and other suppliers.


Members have full access to a library of resources for hardware entrepreneurs and startups.

This includes design review checklists, legal templates, in-depth guides, product teardown videos, and much more.

New content is added on a monthly basis, and members always have access to the full library of resources.


At the heart of the Hardware Academy is a thriving community with hundreds of hardware entrepreneurs just like you!

Whether you need feedback, support, or just want to connect with other hardware people the Hardware Academy community is there for you.

The community is a friendly place where all questions are welcome regardless of your experience level.


All members also get discounts from a variety of vendors on related products and services including product design, design reviews, PCB boards, 3D printed prototypes, injection molds, and PCB design software. These discounts alone can more than pay for the cost of the Academy.


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Behind the Scenes of the Hardware Academy

Click below for a LIVE look inside the Hardware Academy!

The links above will give you limited access to the Academy. You will be able to see the content that is available, and see the community discussion topics, but not access to any of the actual content or forum posts.

Hey there, I’m John Teel, a product design engineer, serial entrepreneur, and the founder Predictable Designs and the Hardware Academy.

As a senior design engineer at Texas Instruments I designed dozens of successful electronic microchips. My designs can be found in all kinds of popular electronic devices including some from Apple and Intel. You likely own a product or two with one of my chip designs inside.

Before starting Predictable Designs, I founded a hardware startup named MicroLite Tech that developed and manufactured consumer lighting devices. My product was sold in hundreds of retail locations across multiple countries.

In addition to developing the product I also oversaw manufacturing in China, marketing, trade shows, logistics, financing, and sales. I had a team of over 20 sales representatives across the U.S. selling my product at one point.

For the past 5 years my full time passion has been helping entrepreneurs like you to develop and bring new hardware products to market. Over 25,000 hardware entrepreneurs just like you have subscribed to my Predictable Designs blog.

I received my Master’s in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) degree from the University of Texas with a focus in Microelectronics.

As a member of the Hardware Academy you will always have priority access to me for help and advice. There is even a private consulting area inside the Academy if you need to discuss anything confidential with only me.

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The Hardware Academy is NOT for everyone, and truth be told I'd prefer to help you figure out if it’s not right for you BEFORE you join rather than waste your time. So, let’s cut to the chase...


  • Serious entrepreneurs, startups, and inventors who have an an idea for a new hardware product.
  • Hardware entrepreneurs wishing to learn what's required to bring a new physical product to market.
  • Engineers that want to learn all that it takes to bring a new product to market. It takes much more than engineering knowledge to succeed.
  • Non-technical entrepreneurs who need help navigating the complex path to market.
  • Entrepreneurs without a product idea yet looking to learn the process.


  • People looking for a get rich quick solution - if you think a new product is going to make you rich overnight, then this is not the right choice for you!
  • People not willing to do the work required to succeed. Bringing a new product to market takes a ton of hard work and long-term commitment.
  • People wanting all of the work done for them. Only YOU can make your dreams come true. 
  • People expecting guaranteed results. I hate to break it to you, but no one can make that promise!
  • Non-entrepreneurs only looking for a database of technical content. Everything we do is from the viewpoint of bringing a new product to market.

What current members have to say...

The Hardware Academy has been by far one of the biggest bangs for my buck when it comes to business and manufacturing advice. John Teel has managed to pool together subject matter experts of all kinds that provide meaningful answers through a simple yet effective online interface. There's no hassle. Just ask your question and let the answers pour in.

Lucas Schulte

Hardware Academy Member

I was hesitant on joining the Academy, but immediately first day in there all of those worries were gone. It was completely worth the value to get that knowledge from people that aren't trying to sell you something, and that's very valuable. That monthly fee, it's worth every penny. I already feel like I saved myself tons of headache.

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Erik Hunter

Founder, InD Creation

For the first time ever, I have access to a dedicated online community highly knowledgeable in many different areas of hardware development. I can ask questions, see what others are asking which in many ways also applies to my own situations. The answers are always very illuminating. Additionally the platform itself provides technical resources critical to get started and improve on my hardware design and development skills. A dedicated online community highly knowledgeable in many different areas of hardware development, so that you do not get stuck during hardware development.

Tshoganyetso Mangadi

Hardware Academy Member

It would cost me more to get a single answer from pretty much any expert on any topic, than what it costs me to join the Hardware Academy for a year.   

Wayne Frick

Founder, Chirpsounds

As a founder of a tech product who doesn't have a background in engineering, John and the other members of the community were really helpful. Their expertise is invaluable. The Hardware Academy is a great source of efficient and informative resources when creating an electronic product. I had a top-notch experience joining the Academy. John is truly an expert in his field and helps a lot of members from solving tough and impactful problems to aid in the creation of our projects. The Hardware Academy has provided me a professional, prompt and outstanding experience in my journey to create my tech device.

Margaret Cezar

Hardware Academy Member

Anyone that needs to get a hardware project done needs to be in the Hardware Academy. lnput from lots of great contributors. I use it as a knowledge base - I probably will not be the most active contributor but I find great value in the discussions. It has already answered questions for me that others have asked.

Michael O'Gorman

Hardware Academy Member

I would highly recommend the Hardware Academy as a place where the support of any kind, related to hardware design and product prototyping can be found. The Academy contains very useful courses, and the community is very active, there are a lot of actual questions with great, detailed and concise responses and all that is related to hardware design, the issues which everyone who deals with electronics design and development meets. I would especially mention the option of direct communication with John as the leading person of this great community. Not just that, a lot of experienced people who can also help with ideas, evaluation, guides and other things in order to make the reasonable choices in product design, development and marketing.

Nikola Pavlicevic

Hardware Academy Member

The Hardware Academy is the place to be if you are really committed to your transformation in order to become a hardware entrepreneur. 

Dan Botezatu

Hardware Academy Member

You can ask just about anything and get an answer pretty quickly. You may not know what questions you are going to have, but you will have questions. It gives me a sense of comfort knowing I have experts I can look to when I have a question. I know that if I get stuck there are people in the Academy I can ask for help. This is the place to get answers. 

Jesse McLaughlin

Hardware Academy Member

The Hardware Academy has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the hardware product development process. A unique on-line community of well-intentioned people who are helpful, polite and knowledgeable. It is a valuable resource for hardware developers and entrepreneurs with very little, to quite a lot, of technical knowledge, and provides opportunity for both broad learning, through following the discussions, as well as gaining help with specific questions or problems you might face during an individual project. Worth the price of admission.  

Brian Wilson

Hardware Academy Member

The Hardware Academy provides a group of highly trained engineers to provide mentoring and an environment to thrive. If you're like me you've already spent endless hours scouring the internet for answers. Its tough to know where to even start. Now I'm surrounded by talented ambitious individuals who love to help others. They help motivate you and hold you accountable. It's so refreshing!     

Kris Christopher

Founder, Grow-Nanny

I decided to give the Hardware Academy a shot and was very glad I did. I’ve spent the past couple years working on my IoT side project, spending countless hours researching every aspect of how to bring my boot-strapped product to market, but ran into roadblocks with technical and business issues I just couldn’t find the answers to and I wasn’t in a position to hire one-on-one consulting services. I was instantly connected to like-minded individuals with complimentary skillsets and was able to quickly get solutions to my lingering questions, including from John.

Nick S.

Hardware Academy Member

An excellent resource of supportive, experienced people willing and able to give lots of constructive criticism about hardware and business development.   

Loring Robbins

Hardware Academy Member

If you are developing a product, it is strongly recommended you join the Hardware Academy to get access to the material and experts for guidance which may save you time and money in the long run.   

Qandeel Sheikh

Hardware Academy Member

The people John has brought in to the Hardware Academy to help answer member’s questions are fantastic. They are very knowledgeable and responsive; better than I could have expected. I have learned a lot about some of the details often overlooked when you think about starting a business. Things like certifications, serial and part version numbers and tracking, and how to achieve effective customer support. The members are very helpful as well; the experience of many members is vast, and deep, and they are willing to help. This seems to have been by design. This is community is as advertised from the beginning.   

Matt Fasano

Hardware Academy Member

The Hardware Academy has put me in touch with people that I never would have been able to communicate with that have the experience of designing a product or knowledge of the legal issues involved in the process. Being in the Hardware Academy has helped in the fact that you can talk to others who have gone through the process and made mistakes and you can gain the knowledge not to make the same mistakes. It gives you a route to take if you are going to bring a product to market, being able to talk to many people in different fields has been a godsend to get their opinions, expertise and guidance.   

Trevor Martynook

Hardware Academy Member

There is very little that you will find available on the net that matches the breadth and depth of what the Academy can offer and all in one place. I have been able to find answers to questions that I have not been able to find anywhere else as there are many experts in the Academy from diverse backgrounds. It's getting that 'needle in the haystack' answer to a question that for me makes the Academy worth it even if I don't ask many questions. Sometimes all I want is not a specific answer but more of a reality check on what I am planning to do. Being pointed in the right direction can make all the difference in the world.

Lee Taylor

Hardware Academy Member

Frequently Asked Questions

So, you have some questions? Let me now answer those for you...

Does it matter where I'm located? I'm not in the U.S. so will I still benefit from the Hardware Academy?

Can I get private one-on-one help with my project?

How far along do I need to be with my product? If I only have an idea will I benefit from the Academy? What if I'm much farther along, will I still benefit?

What type of products are right for the Hardware Academy? Is it only for electronic products or any physical product?

How do you handle confidential information when questions are asked? Can other members view my questions?

How are courses structured? Are courses live or recorded, text or video format? What topics are covered?

Can I get a design review of my product in the Academy?

I'm an engineer that wants to learn more about product development, but I don't have my own product. Is the Hardware Academy right for me?

I have no technical background or experience with anything related to product development. Is the Hardware Academy right for me?

I don't yet have a product idea, or I have multiple product ideas. Should I join now or wait until I have selected the product idea I wish to pursue?

How do I cancel my subscription if I no longer wish to remain a member? Can I rejoin later?

I'm in secretive stealth mode, can I be anonymous and still gain benefit from the Academy?

Is all of the content available straight away or is it time-released (drip fed)?

Can I upgrade to an annual membership later?

My startup consists of several people, do we each need to have a separate membership, or can we all share the same account?

Does the Hardware Academy make any claims to my intellectual property?

NOTE: The price to join the Hardware Academy (with private consulting) will increase from $49 to $79 per month starting on July 23rd. Join now to save $30 every month and get private consulting. 

Get Instant Access to the Hardware Academy!

When you join the Hardware Academy you are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.



Pay a small monthly recurring fee. Price guaranteed to never increase! Cancel at any time.

Hassle-free 30 day money back guarantee



Pay annually and save nearly 25%. Price guaranteed to never increase! Cancel at any time.

Hassle-free 30 day money back guarantee

All prices in US Dollars


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