223: TZ Interview – Zak Homouth / Upverter

Jason speaks with Zak Homouth, one of the three founders of Upverter, a web-based solution for designing, simulating and manufacturing circuit boards.

  1. Jian says:

    There you go, nice to see a new episode is out. Thanks!

  2. How awesome will that be! Can’t wait. Great interview. http://www.electronicademy.com

  3. Mike says:

    Have you seen circuits.io, they seem to be on a similar crusade, although not that far progressed yet.

  4. Jason says:

    @John Humphrey – Yeah, that would be awesome, wouldn’t it?! I hope they come out with it sooner rather than later, but unfortunately it sounds like it’s not too high on their list of priorities.

  5. Jason says:

    @Mike – Yep, I’ve played with circuits.io (which is cool as well) and I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about it on previous shows.

  6. Alex W says:

    Hey Jason, you mentioned that you had picked up some books to try and learn about electronics. Did you pick them at random, or did you go by recommendations from friends or the internet?

    We’ve collected a few opinions so far, but I’d love to add your experiences to that.

  7. Jason says:

    @Alex W – I did a lot of looking around and the best book I found was Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects


    The best online material is the six volume All About Circuits set:


    but it’s a lot of material, somewhat verbose and not an actual book.

    Also, Make: Electronics is pretty good as a basic introduction.


    But really I think something is needed that’s more succinct, more complete and bridges the gap between amateur hobbyist stuff and the kind of material presented in electrical engineering textbooks.

    Edit: I just got Practical Electronics for Inventors from Amazon and it looks really good:


  8. Thanks for the new interview and great job on pausing, rewinding back the story to get details and find the elusive miracle function.
    Thank you Zak for being open on the whole process too!
    A couple things I would really interesting were:
    – the evolution over time of the role and responsibilities for each founder
    – maximizing the seed investment by moving to a location where costs would be lower and founders would be happier
    – how challenging going through an incubator can be
    – the database approach (see Fal Labs for info on Kyoto Cabinet and Tycoon- btw I found out that one of the author is now with Google Japan)

  9. Jason says:

    @Philippe Monnet – I’m glad you liked the show. It felt good to get the interviews going again.

  10. Wow, finally an interview 😉

    Thanks for inviting guests like Zak Homouth! Excellent interview, great storytelling and plenty of tech info.

    Its amazing to hear how much different tech they used in their project.

    Thanks Zak !
    Thanks Jason and Justin!

  11. Jason says:

    @Vladimir Jankovic – Awesome, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Zak was great to talk to and I’m really excited about the problems they’re solving.

    We’re back on the interviews with a vengeance so stay tuned!!