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Name: Artur Majtczak
Company: SaraAI LLC
What are you building, and who benefits most from it?
SaraKIT, a ChatGPT voice assistant expanded with the sense of sight, a Raspberry Pi expansion board that adds advanced voice control, precise motor control, and various sensors for robotics and AI projects.
What is one of your startup’s most impressive accomplishments?
We came under the care of Mouser Electronics through the Crowd Supply platform, where 90% of projects are rejected.
What has been the biggest challenge so far, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge so far has been to make a working prototype of our idea.
We solved it in stages as follows:
- First, there was the idea and its validation in the current form.
- We developed the main design assumptions.
- We designed all the electronics.
- We made the device software.
- Three prototypes were created.
- This was followed by iteration and fixes.
- We selected the supplier of components and assembly for the first 20 pieces.
- We produced the first 20 prototypes.
- We made cosmetic fixes and improvements.
- We selected the supplier of components and assembly for the production of 180 more units.
- The 180 pieces were produced.
- The final step was selecting the packaging design and a packaging supplier.
What tool or app could you not live without and why?
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Computers with internet access are essential for our work environment. We create software on them, design, and maintain contact with our community.
What marketing strategies have worked for you?
We try to be present in social media thematic discussion groups, and we run a YouTube channel where we show the applications of our solutions. (https://www.youtube.com/@ArturMajtczak)
Can you share any financial data about your startup?
We’ve raised more than $300,000 for our project so far (https://saraai.com/en/european-union), and we are currently collecting funds on the Crowd Supply platform for the first production. (Reported on May 23, 2023.)
What has been your biggest business failure to date? What did you learn from it?
We always work with the best subcontractors. So it was this time. We completely trusted and did not interfere in the design process, which was a mistake. Numerous corrections were necessary, which extended the whole process and increased costs. This could have been avoided by making a revision, for example, once a week.
What’s the best specific piece of advice you have for other entrepreneurs?
Failure is part of every step on the road to success. You have to be aware of it and not break down—just learn your lessons and move further equipped with new knowledge and skills.
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