We’re a team of serial entrepreneurs who’ve been instrumental in founding, establishing and growing multiple startups and early stage companies over the past 30 years.
Our passion is creating products, product lines and businesses from scratch. (Building something from nothing is a lot of fun.)
Our founders met each other while building a mobile computing accessory company, founded by Jeff, in the Valley of the Sun. Jeff ran engineering, Charles lead industrial design and Troy headed-up product management. Collectively they drove the innovation and business development side of the enterprise, which ultimately became iGo – a $70M public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
They found a continual focus on quarterly earnings and corporate bureaucracy stifled creativity and innovation. In 2003 they departed iGo with the goal of returning to their startup roots – Hotwire Development was formed.
With a passion for product and business development, Hotwire quickly began creating a unique line of patented laptop accessories focused on cooling and ergonomics. After validating the market though sustained product sales to BJ’s Wholesale, CompUSA, QVC and Staples, Hotwire forged licensing agreements for the products with Belkin and Microsoft. To date more than 5 million units have been sold worldwide.
Recognizing that great ideas come from everywhere we’re now using our broad expertise and proven track record of success helping outside startups and emerging companies design, engineer, develop, manufacture, market and sell their own products.
We’re entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs via a very unique business model. Similar to angel investors, Hotwire invests our considerable resources, experience and expertise in a company for the purpose of maximizing our collective results.
We do this by engaging at a rate reflective of our actual cost in exchange for upside in the success of your product or company. It’s a Higher Purpose Product Partnership rooted in the desire to serve, align and integrate our mutual interests for our mutual benefit. When you’re successful, we’re successful.
Compare our business model to the traditional design for hire relationship. We believe you’ll appreciate the difference.
Thanks for taking the time to get to know us a little more. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Hotwire Team