Jon McKay and his team of entrepreneurs from Olin College of Engineering had spent the summer perfecting a new microcontroller called the Tessel. It was time to start selling their invention and raising money.
They considered listing the Tessel on Kickstarter — a popular crowdfunding website where fledgling companies offer the first batches of products in exchange for financial backing — but instead chose to market the tiny gadget on a new site called Dragon Innovation.
The decision to go with a newcomer launched just last month, over a more established competitor, came down to Dragon’s ability to do more than just raise cash. It can also help manufacture the Tessel, a device that is able to control anything from a small motor to the temperature of a home brewery. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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