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Charleston Tech Wiki

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Welcome to Charleston Tech!


Advancing technological innovation and collaboration in Charleston, South Carolina.



Wiki Outline



Accelerator/Incubator Programs

Accelerating Success: A Study of Seed Accelerators and Their Defining Characteristics

Follow accelerators on Twitter



Bolt (Boston - internet-connected hardware)

Global Accelerator Network

HAXLR8R (Bay Area, Shenzhen - hardware)

European Accelerators Map

Lemnos Labs (Silicon Valley - hardware)

National Business Incubation Association - search for incubators

NSF Innovation Corps

PCH Accelerator (hardware, run by international supply chain management company)

Rock Health - Seed accelerator for digital health startups

Shopify Build-A-Business

TechStars (Boulder, Boston, NYC, Seattle - mostly web-based companies)

Y Combinator (Silicon Valley - mostly web-based companies)

2011 U.S.A. Startup Accelerator Rankings



List of Books for Startups on Steve Blank's blog

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge

Democratizing Innovation by Eric Von Hippel (free)

Discovery Driven Growth by Rita McGrath

The Innovator's Solution by Clayton Christensen

Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship (& Case Studies) by William Bygrave and Andrew Zacharakis

Product Design and Development by Karl Ulrich and Steven Eppinger

Smart Customers, Stupid Companies: Why Only Intelligent Companies Will Thrive, and How To Be One of Them by Michael Hinshaw and Bruce Kasanoff

The Startup Owner's Manual: A Step By Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators: From Idea to Execution by Vijay Govindarajan



Business Resources

BizBuilder SC

BizFilings.com Business Owner's Toolkit

Charleston Digital Corridor

Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Charleston Small Business Development Center

Fledgewing (Top 50 University Entrepreneurship Clubs)

Foundation for Enterprise Development

Kauffman Foundation - Entrepreneurship

SCORE - Find a Mentor

Small Business Charleston

U.S. Small Business Administration

Startup Genome




Current Projects 

RipCord - smart, portable strength training equipment

Smart Collar - pet monitoring system



Educational Resources

Academic Earth

Coding resources

     8 Useful Resources to Learn How to Code Quickly



E Squared (Educational class search)



HCD Connect - Human Centered Design by IDEO (PDF toolkit)

Khan Academy



Protecting Your Intellectual Property - University of Oklahoma

Saylor Foundation

Solve For X - talks by Google's think tank

Technology Entrepreneurship - Stanford class (Prof. Eesley's blog)

TED - Technology, Entertainment, Design talks




Entrepreneurial/Tech Blogs & Publications

Adafruit Blog

Alltop (Guy Kawasaki's aggregator)

For Entrepreneurs (David Skok, Matrix Partners)

Entrepreneur Magazine

EvD - solidsmack (design process), cadjunkie (design training) EngineerVsDesigner (design insight)



Harvard Business Review

Inc Magazine

Jim Vileta's Business Research Launch Pad (University of Minnesota)

Karl Ulrich (wiki)


no upside - (Renee DiResta, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures)

Paul Graham - (Y Combinator)

Reddit - r/hwstartups, r/startups, r/entrepreneur, r/askengineers

Rita McGrath (Columbia University)

Roger Martin


Startup Lessons Learned (Eric Ries)

Steve Blank


MIT Technology Review


Tim Ferriss


Venture Beat

VentureBlog (David Hornik, August Capital)

Vijay Govindarajan

Vincius Vacanti


Forums, Wikis, and Communities

Adafruit forum


Engineer's Edge

Hack-A-Day forum

Maker Faire - The World's most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more!

Physics Forums

Stack Exchange - Q&A aggregator with a programming focus

Stanford Product Design Wiki

Quora - high quality Q&A site



Funding Resources


Charleston Angel Partners


     CrowdRise (charity, events, & special projects)



     Rock The Post

Funding Post

GoBig Network


Protolabs Big Idea Award

Venture Capital Firms



The Transparent Term Sheet & What's in a Term Sheet? by Founders Fund

Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) - government open solicitations, $150k in first phase (6-9 months) and $850k (1.5-2 years) in second phase

     US Air Force - Topics posted in Mid September

     Overview schedule of SBIR and STTR agencies



Further Entrepreneurial Resource Lists

Entrepreneurship Education Resource

Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurship



Operational Resources

Authorize.net (payment gateway, requires shopping cart)

DAQ & Analysis software






     Highrise by 37signals

     Zen Desk

Docstoc - professional, legal, and financial documents

Employment Law Information Network


     Expensify - expense reports

     Financial Projections Model (first 5 years)

Freelancer.com - hire a freelancer

GeniusRocket - crowd-sourced video production

Harvest - Timekeeping Software and App

IdeaConnection - crowd-sourced technology development, sourcing, IP monetization

IRS Small Business


     Legal Zoom - legal documents

     FindLaw Small Business

     RocketLawyer - create legal documents, have lawyers review them


     HootSuite - Social media management

     MailChimp - email newsletters and mailing lists

     PRLog.com - free press release distribution

NineSigma - open innovation, crowd-sourced solutions

ODesk - hire a freelancer

Project Outline Template

Project Management


     Basecamp by 37signals

     PBWorks (more than just a wiki)

Square - mobile CC payment system

TopCoder - crowd-sourced software development

Trade Show News Network - Top Trade Shows

ULINE - packaging materials (small MOQ & fast delivery)

UTest - crowd-sourced software testing

Web development

     Freedigitalphotos.net - free stock photos

     LaunchRock - Quick & easy launch page

     Simple Machines - free forum software

     Weebly - Quick & easy website builder

     Wix - Free website builder

     Dreamhost - Website hosting and domain registration



Research Resources

American Fact Finder

arXiv.org (Cornell)


Google Patents

Google Scholar

Harvard Business School - Baker Library

PLOS (Public Library of Science)


SBA Office of Economic Research



Supplier & Prototyping Resources

3D Printing

     123d - Software, content, and fabrication from Autodesk

     3D Systems - 3D printers and 3D printing, based in Rock Hill, SC -

     Engitype, LLC - 3D Systems Rep for NW.  Will print parts at a low cost, just ask for John and mention Krissa  They also do engineering visualizations (videos).

     ExOne - sand, metal, glass 3D printing

     Shapeways - 3D printing, including metals and ceramics


Electronic Parts

     Adafruit - electronics for hackers





     Monoprice - cheap wiring and electronics accessories


     Sparkfun - electronics for hackers

Electronic Board Fabrication

     Advanced Circuits - they have free PCB layout/routing software on their website, they also do board assembly

     South Coast

International sourcing


     Global sources


     Misumi - Semi custom parts, materials, and mechanisms (linear slides, etc.)

KellySearch - B2B Supplier search



     Protomold - injection molding and rapid prototyping

Ponoko - download your products from the internet and make them locally

Stream Unlimited - embedded software, hardware development, wireless

ThomasNet - Supplier Discovery and Product Sourcing


Vistatek - rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, and injection molding (formerly CloudFab)



Technical Resources

3dCADCentral - free CAD models


Application Development

     Apple Developer Library (99.00/yr membership to download s/w - must have an newer Apple computer - app must be approved by Apple)

          iOS Human Interface Guidelines - Apple App guidelines

          Start Developing iOS Apps Today - Walks you through all requirements and includes tutorial to build first app

     App Design Strategies - design principals for a "good" app

     Arduino - open source Wiring platform/microcontroller (forum)

     CircuitLab - Browser-based circuit design & testing

     Electric Imp - easy WiFi integration

     Raspberry Pi - $25 ARM GNU/Linux board (forum)

Engineer's Edge

GrabCAD - free CAD models

Institutes, Societies, Publishers

     Acoustical Society of America

     American Geophysical Union

     American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

     American Institute of Physics

     American Society of Mechanical Engineers

     AVS Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing

     Association for Facilities Engineering

     Audio Engineering Society

     The Electrochemical Society

     The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

     Institute of Physics Publishing

     International Union of Crystallography

     Optical Society of America

     Professional Engineering Publishing

     Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

     SPIE Optics and Photonics

     The Society for Information Display

Make Lab Charleston - Charleston's local Hacker Space

MakerBot / Thingiverse

Metal working reference charts

     Drill & Tap Chart


     Metals stock list (Ryerson)

     PEM - PennEngineering

     Pipe Schedules

     Sheet Metal Thickness/Gauge Chart

     Weld Joint and Weld Types

Open Source Hardware

     BuildLog.net - CNC laser cutter

     CNCZone - open source CNC machine forum

     Lasersaur - CNC laser cutter

Open Source Software


Protomold's YouTube channel - plastic injection molding design


SmartDraw - Mechanical/electrical schematic software ($197)

TradePub.com - free trade magazines & technical papers





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