Mike Goldenberg, President of Outer Edge Design
Outer Edge Design was founded in 1998 By Mike Goldenberg with the goal of providing exceptional mechanical product design and development services to companies of all sizes seeking this specialized expertise. Outer Edge’s and Mike’s work have generated numerous awards, received over 50 patents and their designs have been showcased at many industry tradeshows including CES, COMDEX, MACWORLD and appeared in magazines such as PC world and Business Week.
Mike began his professional career as a product development engineer in Motorola’s high-volume digital paging business. Motorola’s rapidly growing and fast-paced paging business nurtured a culture of design for manufacturability, high quality, high reliability and low cost to maximize profit margins in an increasingly competitive market place. It was in Motorola’s state-of-the-art high volume robotic factory where Mike’s skills for quality control (6 Sigma), design for manufacturability and assembly (DFM/DFA) were honed. Mike’s remarkable creativity with over 50 issued patents and deep and innate understanding of mechanics, physics, systems, and manufacturing technologies and his hands-on approach to problem solving result in products that work as expected the first time and are easily and cost-effectively reproduced in high-volume manufacturing. Getting the design right by anticipating problems and choosing the correct approach early in the development cycle is critical to avoiding devastating redesigns and tooling changes and delivering product on time and at the lowest cost; it is Mike’s wisdom and judgment that makes Outer Edge second to none in this regard.
Since its inception, Outer Edge has been instrumental in the development and successful commercialization of dozens of products for companies large and small; major corporations like Motorola and Sirius/XM Radio, medium size companies like SmartDisk Corp, Authentec and Freedom Scientific, and numerous small start-ups suppliers and inventors. Regardless of your needs, Mike and Outer Edge are uniquely suited to exceed your expectations by providing the skills, innovation, wisdom and energy to bring your products to life and delight your customers.
Let us be your Outer Edge – Getting Started
The relationship typically begins with an introductory meeting following initial contact. In this meeting, the client’s needs, schedule, project goals and scope will be outlined and Outer Edge’s availability, capabilities, and pricing will be reviewed to determine how to proceed.
Depending on workload, Outer Edge can usually begin assisting on a project either immediately or within several weeks of executing a project agreement.
In the event a decision is made to proceed, a work agreement is crafted to outline the details of the arrangement. Contents of the agreement might include:
- Start/Termination Dates
- Fees and Payment Schedules
- Project Schedule
- Deliverables Confidentiality
- Governing Law
- Indemnity Waiver
Once the work agreement and a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) are accepted by both parties, the project can begin.
Outer Edge prefers to charge for work against a retainer (deposit) on an hourly basis but is also willing to work for a fixed bid. Hourly arrangements tend to be the most economical and easiest to manage; Outer Edge will roughly estimate the magnitude of the project in terms of hours and hence cost, and the client can easily track progress/cost and quickly appreciate the Outer Edge value proposition.
In the event the client prefers a fixed bid, Outer Edge can make a proposal based on specific deliverables of the design phase of the project. This method can be attractive because it provides a budgetary limit to the project but it does tend to be more costly; fixed bids must factor in worst case scenarios and possible delays and overruns. It is also not possible to provide for a fixed bid beyond the design phase of the project as testing results and manufacturing quality and expectations are impossible to predict – these costs must be borne by the client.