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Sean Murphy

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Hardware product innovation and commercialization. Domestic and Asia based manufacturing. Director, Product Engineering, Igor Institute.

Hardware product innovation and commercialization. Domestic and Asia based manufacturing. Director, Product Engineering, Igor Institute.

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Involved In


Director, Product Engineering Igor Institute July 2014 - present
Director, Design Engineering Smart Design October 2010 - March 2014
Senior Product Development Engineer Astro Gaming, Inc. October 2008 - March 2010
Senior Project Engineer Wild Planet Toys April 2005 - October 2008
Engineering Manager CIRTEC Medical Systems (was Circle Medical) March 2004 - April 2005
Device Engineer BC Tech Inc March 2003 - March 2004
Application Engineer Kulicke & Soffa March 2002 - March 2003
Design Engineer Creative Mechanical Design March 2000 - April 2001
Mechanical Design Engineer Gore (W. L. Gore) 1997 - 2000


Drexel University Mechanical Engineering 1992 - 1997

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Smart Home
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Wellness
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

After 15 years of product development experience in consumer electronics, medical devices and toys, my focus is on commercializing new technology and bringing products to market. I work as the liaison between marketers, designers, engineers and manufacturers to move the development process forward.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I enjoy helping to create a concept and see it through from design to prototype through mass production. I am as confident working out product requirements with a design and marketing team, as I am debugging plastic tooling and hardware assembly with manufacturers. The best satisfaction I get from work is watching someone experience a product I've helped design and being asked how it was done.

As an Advisor

I like to engage with projects at the front end to help connect a concept to both a set of technologies and a business and marketing plan. Successful hardware programs are the result of thoughtful design, engineering and manufacturing. As most hardware projects connect to the digital ecosystem they also need well designed and developed software experiences to fully engage the public. Coordinating these efforts is complex but can be hugely rewarding.

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Alex Pappas
We worked together
Sean's knowledge spans an incredible variety of topics, and he is a voracious reader. His experience developing a wide variety of products f ... rom "napkin sketch" to "shipped" allows him a large set of experiences to draw from when tackling complex problems. I've worked with him in the US and on multiple trips in China and he's always on point. He wakes up earlier than you, and he's a good guy.
Aren Kaser
We worked together
Sean's understanding of both the engineering and ethereal front end of product development along with his ability to predict and analyze the ... startup/hardware movement makes him an invaluable team member, collaborator, and leader.
Desmond Cheung
We worked together
Great mind, detail thinking
Eric Shank
We worked together
Sean is a great mixture of genuine interest in products / businesses that are a stretch and a real passion to make them happen. When I was S ... VP of Design and Development at Wild Planet Toys, I was always eager to work with Sean because I knew he would leave no stone unturned from start to finish of any project. His drive to make things happen is enhanced by a very level headed world view - no running off cliffs with Sean. I couldn't recommend someone more highly.
Rick Kaufmann
We worked together at Kulicke & Soffa
Sean has worked for me at two companies which should indicate that I think highly of his abilities. He is a very intelligent innovator with ... whom you can finish a grueling mountain bike ride, have a couple of beers, and roll right into developing simple to elaborate ideas. As far as mechcanical engineers go, he is a rare and good mix of analytic, creative, and artistic traits.
Josh LaTendresse
We worked together
With a degree of enthusiasm that borders on the absurd, Sean tackles problems and obstacles with an ebullience that is infectious. Equal par ... ts soberly analytical and entrepreneurial, Sean is an ideal leadership candidate for any startup which seeks to solve challenging new problems for emerging and existing markets.
We worked together at Wild Planet Toys
Sean adeptly approaches challenges and opportunities from both a commercial and technical perspective. He sees numerous applications and bus ... iness models for the technology he deals with on a regular basis, and contributes to detailed execution plans.
We worked together at Astro Gaming, Inc.
Sean has shown that he can drive product creation from the ground up with little to no resources. He pours his passion for Engineering into ... his work.
We worked together
Sean understands the business of getting things done. He takes product management very seriously.
We worked together
Sean not only understands the technical, but also the translation to human interface. As a result, the products he's involved with are refin ... ed and focused on useability.
They're my friends
Sean knows two things in product - What makes a good product and what goes INTO making a good product. He knows and understands the product ... development cycle with an amazing level of precision. I've seen him pick apart hardware designs in a matter of seconds, explaining the actions taken and, in some cases, missed or overlooked. He has become my go-to engineering advisor on all of our hardware clients at Stage Two.
Jessica Welton
We worked together at Smart Design
Sean is the ideal entrepreneur. Equal parts brilliant, creative, capable, analytical, innovative and inspirational. A self-starter and ingen ... ious problem solver, Sean is the guy you want on your team. He's also a leader (and mentor) who inspires the people around him to pursue greatness.
Aren Kaser
We worked together  •  Founder, Principal, Igor Institute and Adjunct Professor, Seattle University.
Sean's background in both engineering and design as well as his intimate experience in bringing experiences and ideas to market make him wel ... l suited to help companies and entrepreneurs navigate product development from conception to manufacturing and beyond.

Aren Kaser
We worked together  •  Founder, Principal, Igor Institute and Adjunct Professor, Seattle University.
Aren is passionate about product development and creating novel solutions to difficult problems.

John Kiechel

John is a great industrial designer who understands we need to build connected hardware businesses, not just products. He is great at gettin ... g at real user needs and insights into what's truly meaningful and melding it with an ability to create beautiful and desirable products and experiences.

Alan Peters
We worked together  •  Business-Savvy Technologist. Founding or Exec Team of 4 companies. Interested in social impact.
Alan and I did some early work on a HW/SW product and it was great collaborating. He has a good eye for detail as well as a big picture unde ... rstanding of how to create and launch a business.