We spotted a new story this week that once again highlights how risky it is, outsourcing contract electronics manufacturing to China. It's just another example of why modern businesses need to be looking to manufacturing centers with strong IP protections.
Stories of failed Kickstarter projects are a dime-a-dozen, but the saga of The Dot is slightly different. The pitch was simple: Affordable < $100 Bluetooth earbuds stored in a self-charging tube roughly the size of lipstick. The Kickstarter reached its funding goal within a matter of hours, and was on track to have plenty of excess funding. Then the entire project was shut down, and all pledges refunded, because Kickstarter decided that The Dot was a re-sold Chinese product.