image_110.jpg

Our Position

Launch Team Blog

Trends in the Medical Device Market: Accelerating Product Launch, Managing Risk

As we do each year, Launch Team has paired up with Novatek to take a close look at the current trends, changes and technologies that are impacting the medical device industry. From product launches to new sales models, we're examining the 2018 outlook and sharing our insights.

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Medical Device

Reaching Your Customers' Customers: Market Outlook in Additive Manufacturing & Automation

FABTECH in Chicago represents some of the fastest growing segments in U.S. manufacturing today, including laser marking and automation. Attendees are the ultimate users of many of the technologies we work in: laser diodes, optical assemblies, laser steering systems, coating technology, and capital equipment. Yet many of these companies know little about the end application and the users’ needs.

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Positioning

Inspiring Innovation: Lessons from Light and Sound Interactive

Earlier this month I attended the Light and Sound Interactive (LSI) conference and expo, co-sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester. The conference highlighted light and sound-based technologies and their applications in emerging fields such as virtual and augmented reality, gaming, cinema, and music.

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Company News

An Introvert's Point of View: How Do You Maximize Trade Show ROI When You're Not Exactly a Social Butterfly?

Trade Show Planning for Introverts

Industry events such as trade shows and conferences are a great place to build sales opportunities and learn from fellow professionals. If you're a bold personality, it's easy to excel in these situations. However, if you’re a more introverted person, major events can feel daunting—speaking from personal experience.

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Trade Show Strategy

Eating the Elephant: Marketing Tips for Product Managers

More than a Product Manager

The role of the product manager is increasingly important in industries like medical devices, where time to market is accelerating, and optics and photonics, where emerging markets are driving demand for product innovation.  

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy

Product Launch in Emerging Markets: How One Entrepreneur Found Success after a Year and a Half of Flying Drones

Successful entrepreneur Brian Pitre became fascinated with the UAV market in 2012. With a business partner and enough capital to cover a discovery phase of six months, Pitre traveled the country flying drones, meeting other early adopters of this new technology, and looking for the right opportunity to invest in this new high-tech market. Six months turned into 18 as Pitre saw the tremendous growth potential of the UAV market.

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Product Launch, Market Research

Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur: Scalable Sales & Marketing Models

At a recent panel discussion, I was asked to share experiences in sales and marketing with an audience of Entrepreneurs’ Organization accelerator founders, along with fellow panelists Don Davis of Empire Automation Systems and Ron Valentine of ITX.

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Marketing Strategy, Sales

XPONENTIAL Debrief: Emerging UAV Market Implications for Component Manufacturers

Last week, Michele Nichols and Aimee Schenck attended AUVSI XPONENTIAL, the prominent unmanned vehicle conference and exhibit, where some of our clients were presenting technical papers. Our team was also there for market intelligence, looking for market fit and viability for many of our component manufacturing clients. Here’s our take on the unmanned vehicle market:

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Positioning

Commercial Autonomous Aircraft Market: Three Lessons on Customer Research

In our last post, we discussed the growing interest in commercial applications for compact unmanned aircraft, or drones. Imaging, in particular, presents a real opportunity for optics and photonics component manufacturers. This emerging UAV market provides important lessons on the criticality of understanding and anticipating the needs of your target customers. Here are three things to remember:

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Positioning, Market Research

Applying the 80/20 Strategy in Advanced Manufacturing


The 80/20 or Pareto principle is a long-standing business strategy that a lot of companies are applying right now to increase profit margin. Classic examples of the 80/20 rule include the burgeoning growth of American manufacturers such as Illinois Tool Works, which grew from $300M to $18B by applying the 80/20 business model. Books like The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch made the best seller list, focusing the common Pareto Principle on highest margin work to create competitive advantage.

Read More

Topics: Business Insights, Client Relations