How to Professionally License Your New Product with Tom Gray (CEO and Co-founder of Make48)

We’re going back in time to Episode #60 with MAKO Design + Invent to January 19, 2021


The co-founder of America’s Make48 TV documentary-series, Tom Gray, sat down with Kevin Mako to talk about how to professionally license your new product on Mako’s podcast THE PRODUCT STARTUP PODCAST, the product development industry's #1 podcast from invention ideas to getting onto store shelves, and everything in between.


Tom shares valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can license their inventions and products to get into the market – How licensing is actually done properly and professionally, to getting into the distributors, retailers, or big product brands with your product.


You’ll hear Kevin and Tom talk about:

  • How far do you need to develop your product in order to start talking to potential licensing partners and brands?

  • Protecting your intellectual property, and when to do it in the licensing cycle.

  • Which partners, manufacturers, and brands to first reach out to with a new product.

  • The best product trade shows to showcase your product.

Tom is the Founder and Executive Producer of Make48, a show where contestants have 48 hours to come up with an invention idea and build a prototype to showcase it to the judges. The show is on PBS, Amazon Prime, and many other networks around the world. Simply put, he is one of the big names in the North American product startup space.




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MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to small businesses, startups, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry’s leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Feel free to Contact Us anytime for help with your project.

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