Developing a Successful New Hardware Product Just Got Easier...

Regardless of your technical level, strategy, or location now you can get the help you need to successfully develop, manufacture and sell your new electronic hardware product!

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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 techie who knows some aspects of product development but you don't know all of the other pieces required for success (manufacturing, marketing, sales, etc.)
  • You're a non-technical entrepreneur who wants to outsource development but you need guidance through the long, complex process to get a new product to market.

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

Introducing the Hardware Academy

Now you can get the support, training, and resources you need to successfully bring your new hardware product to market.

Development Support

Access to experienced engineers, experts and product developers to get all of your technical questions answered.

Private Consulting

Get private consulting with John Teel (engineer, hardware entrepreneur, and founder of the Academy) to help you succeed with your product.


Access to a community of other hardware entrepreneurs and startups with a wide variety of skills and experience.

Vendor Referrals

Recommendations for developers, suppliers, and manufacturers. No longer do you have to guess who is best.

Premium Content

Video training courses, workshops, product teardowns, and various other resources. 


Connect with potential business partners, co-founders, accountability partners, and mastermind groups.

The Academy will help you to:

Bring a successful new hardware product to market

Resolve any technical challenges you are having with your product

Reduce your cost and your risk to develop your new product

Understand the steps and processes needed to get a new product to market

Not be so confused and overwhelmed on how to best proceed

Connect with other hardware entrepreneurs so you don't feel so alone



You will have access to expert engineers to get all of your technical questions answered. 

No longer will you need to figure out every technical issue all on your own. You'll have professional engineers to help you.

There will be experts in electronics design, mechanical design, prototyping, programming, development kits, certifications, , and manufacturing among others available to answer your questions.


You will have direct access to John Teel for coaching and advice. Inside the Academy you will also be able to get private coaching from John.

His many years of experience in hardware design, bringing his own product to market, and helping others succeed with their products can help ensure you are on the right path.

Whether you need coaching on how to develop, prototype, scale, manufacture, fund, market, or sell your product, you will get the coaching advice you need to succeed.


Get in-depth training courses each month that will teach you the skills you need.

Course topics will include electronics design, mechanical/industrial design, prototyping, programming, certifications, and manufacturing.

The courses will be very detailed lasting typically 2-4 hours each. Courses will be split up into shorter, more manageable, individual lessons.


You will also get access to regular non-technical training courses.

Course topics will include product development strategies, patents, business strategy, scaling, funding, marketing, and sales, all specifically focused on electronic hardware products.

Click here for more details on all of the courses currently available.


You'll get access to a qualified list of over 200 developers, suppliers, and manufacturers. This alone is worth the cost of the Academy!

You will also get access to other resources including guides, templates, cheat sheets, and checklists.

Click here for more details on all of the resources currently available.

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 (TI) 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 almost certainly own several products with TI microchips inside, and most likely a product or two with one of my chip designs.

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

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

For the past 4 years my full time passion has been helping entrepreneurs to develop and bring new hardware products to market.

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

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Here's what current members have to say...

The Hardware Academy is where you want to be when you want get serious about bringing a product to market. It's the forum and resource center for hardware product development that I wish I had years ago. A community where actually invested engineers, entrepreneurs, and others can exchange information and get feedback is immensely valuable. Backing that up with trusted referrals, courses, and best-practices is exactly what someone looking to develop a hardware product needs.  

Mike Morena

Co-Founder, Adhere Tech

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

There is a wealth of information that has expanded my knowledge in many different areas that I am not an expert in. If you are a new entrepreneur you need the connections this group can provide. Everyone is very helpful and not critical of others ideas. There are so many people you can learn from to improve your chances of success.

Larry Nelson

Hardware Academy Member

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

The Hardware Academy is like having a big, experienced hardware design team, even if you're a one-man band.

Dave Millman

Founder, BivDez Global

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 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

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 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


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The Hardware Academy is NOT for everyone, and truth be told we’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 the path to bring a new physical product to market.
  • Both technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. You don't need to be an engineer to launch a new product. 
  • Entrepreneurs without a product idea yet looking to learn the process of developing a new product.


  • 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 too?

What type of products are a good fit for the Hardware Academy? Is it only for electronic products or is it for any physical product?

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

How will you handle confidential information when questions are asked? Will my questions be viewable by the other members?

I'm in secretive stealth mode, is the Academy still a good fit for me?

How will the training be structured? Will it be text or video, live or recorded? What will the topics be?

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

Why should I become a member today instead of waiting?

What if I don't enjoy the Hardware Academy?

What happens if I decide to cancel my membership?

If I cancel my membership, can I rejoin again later?

Can I upgrade to an annual membership later?

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'm already an expert in hardware design. Is the Hardware Academy right for me?

How can you provide private consulting and access to engineers for only $49/month? That seems too good to be true.

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

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?

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

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

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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