Greg Fisher CEO/Founder
Greg Fisher is a serial entrepreneur and inventor with a focus on hardware and manufacturing. After graduating from UC Berkeley with an engineering degree, Greg worked in the medical device, hard drive storage, ice cream, and professional tools industries in various management, manufacturing, and quality control capacities. His clients included Walmart, MAC Tools, Stanley Tools, Snap-On, Matco, Steelman, Honda and others.
In 2003, Greg joined JS Products, an importer of professional automotive tools, where he was brought in to develop a quality program from the ground up, which was successfully installed and is referenced by top clients as a benchmark program for others to follow. He managed quality control teams of engineers, inspectors, and translators in the US, the Jiangsu province in China and Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Greg is proficient in Mandarin.
In 2005, Greg founded Berkeley Sourcing Group, a turnkey manufacturing services provider and partner for small businesses manufacturing overseas. At BSG, he has evaluated more than 600 products for mass production and has helped to bring over 60 products to market.
He lives 1/3rd of the time in China, managing up to 25 employees in Shenzhen and a micro-injection factory in the Jiangxi province and is currently opening additional factories for his growing client base.
Greg has served as President of the West Coast Region’s Engineers Without Borders, is an advisor to several hardware and product start-ups, and is a frequent speaker and mentor at Tech Shop and for IndieGoGo’s hardware campaigners. He is an advisor for Produk.Me, an onboarding and customer feedback engagement platform and for Flowity, a cutting edge supplier/customer communication portal. Greg is the founder of the East Bay Hardware Startup meetup and also a co-founder of Hardware Con3, the first event focused exclusively on accelerating hardware startups. HardwareCon3 – Conference, Convention, and Connection is launching October 2014 in the SF Bay Area.
Paul Chau Founder/Manufacturing Expert
Paul Chau has been operating businesses in China for over 30 years. His career has spanned the areas of sourcing and developing products, quality control management, investment management, and commercial marketing both in the domestic and overseas markets. He has overseen the establishment and management of factories in the steel, rubber, medical device, beauty equipment, textile, automotive aftermarket, and ballistic glass industries. In this capacity, he has overseen the employment of over 10,000 people at any one time.
Throughout his career, Paul has managed the development and manufacturing of over two billion US dollars worth of product. As an early developer of Chinese outsourcing factories, Paul helped found and grow Berkeley Sourcing Group to breath life into his belief that the future of China’s manufacturing lies in providing high quality goods to international markets.
Paul’s customers and clients include: Rubbermaid, Educational Insights, Columbia Medical, Classic Party Rentals, CMA Dish Machines, BrainChild, SPX, Actron, Ready Welder, Massimo, Five Oaks, Mac Tools, California Quality Plastics, ReelCraft and many others.