by Roy Paul Prosise on April 13th, 2017

Roy Paul Prosise Speaks at Alamo Inventors to a large group of of special Interest Group (SIG) of Technology Connexus Association, is a non-profit organization made up of local area engineers, business people, professionals, students, faculty and people from all walks of life.

Roy Paul Prosise is the Managing Director of Be Known Manufacturing LLC, a product development and manufacturing company which offices in Austin, Texas and inAsia. BeKnown provides a “Turn Key” development solution for U.S. customers in development and manufacturing of plastic injection molded based products. Hi experience includes product concept design, engineering, rapid prototyping, testing, injection molds, injection molding, packaging, logistics and global sourcing. Roy has experience with all scopes of projects from inventor start up products to Fortune 500 company projects. He also has extensive experience in Design for Manufacturing and reducing manufacturing cost. Ideas need Vision to grow. Vision is the idea thought out so the path to a successful product can be seen. Without Vision, you cannot raise the interest and capital required for a product launch! You need to define goals for your invention or idea. Are you developing a product for ego, license or to build a company? There is a certain set of tools required to express and sell your vision to others. Bottom line is that the number one item all inventors and/or companies need is Money. And the people who have the money want to know if your idea will be successful! Investors do not want to finance an inventor’s learning curve so they have to be convinced you have the know-how. With an experienced team like Beknown behind your project is what investors buy into… not the idea! Roy will present the process to transform an idea into a vision. He will outline the requirements to communicate an idea with others and show the path to bring a product from concept to market. BeKnown prides itself in designing based on timelines, resources, and time-to-market requirements. Their passion is growing businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors to develop and commercialize their products, taking them from concept-to-customer

by Roy Paul Prosise on January 30th, 2017

​Inventing a product is fun! After you have a beautiful product design and functional prototype, the fun part of starting your own product company is over and the real work begins. The inventor will find out soon if they have the faculties to run a product company. Selling your own product that you designed seems like the most rewarding business to be in, but to make profit for any company you will have to get your hands dirty with the not-so-fun operations that go into running a business! Delegating and managing roles of employees, contractors and sales representatives in your business, building relations, customer service, controlling supply chain, logistics, inventory management and distribution of your product, contracting lawyers, defending intellectual property rights, product liability insurance, accounting, TAXES and ensuring the longevity of your company are all mechanics of your company that must be greased up and oiled continuously.  These are the necessary evils behind the curtains of a healthy business and may not be exactly the “fun things” that motivated you to start a business for yourself, but the black and white ops that must be taken care of to spin profit and a healthy future. If you want to focus your time on the fun things you should pick your team wisely!

by Roy Paul Prosise on January 26th, 2017

​It is important for new products or product iterations to have value-add features that differentiate from competitors already in the market space. Upgrade and value-add features are specially if your product is not necessarily a brand new idea, but rather a cool new spin on an existing product in the market. We like to call these kind of products “me-too with a twist.” Me-too products thrive on value-add features. New product ideas on the other hand that are completely unique to the consumer will sell based on that fact alone if you can afford to tell the world about your new product, and be the first one to tell them!
PITFALL: Don’t get caught up in feature creep.
For new product ideas, there is always a balance for number of desired features you want to include in product design, especially on the first version you want to launch. In development process, you must define a product specification of which features are imperative to the functionality of the product and which features would be cool value-add. Don’t let the cool, value-add features to cost unnecessary delay in time to the market, jack up your pricing budget and/or create a Frankenstein from your original product design concept. Many inventors get caught in Feature Creep during the product design phase. These inventors have a fresh idea, a product design and working prototype and then get stuck with the question of wouldn’t it be cooler if we could add on feature X, Y and Z.
There is a beauty in simplicity with product design and you cannot make a return on investment if you never get passed development and start selling a marketable product. Remember, you can always launch the latest and greatest Gen. 2 next year using the revenue stream from Gen. 1 to fund development, but you will not have any revenue product if you continue to creep and never make a sell.

by Roy Paul Prosise on September 15th, 2016


Gizmospring Design Studio and BeKnown! Unite To Bring New Opportunities to the US and Chinese Markets.
Chinese product design and development firm Gizmospring today announced an exciting partnership with BeKnown!, a US design team based in Texas.  The move will open up international markets to BeKnown!’s domestic clients, and provide greater access to the US market for Gizmospring’s products, already sold across Asia and Europe.
Gizmospring Design Studios is headed up by American entrepreneur Kenny Tai. Boasting 300 employees in offices throughout China, the Philippines, and South Korea, this full-service agency specializes in taking products from concept through to manufacture. Working with both industry-leading brands and startups from the US, EU, and Asia; Tai’s development teams include designers, engineers, procurement, quality control, and shipping specialists, as well as a fully-staffed factory capable of mass producing a range of products.
Global manufacturing solutions provider Be Known! specialize in getting product concepts market ready. Until now, this fast-growing company has relied on a network of manufacturers and service providers to fulfill customers’ product development and manufacturing needs.
This new partnership offers a wealth of opportunities to both. Gizmospring will utilize Be Known!’s network of suppliers to bring products to US consumers. In return, Be Known! will receive access to Gizmo’s laboratory and manufacturing resources, allowing it to provide its US client base with state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facility domestic competitors can only dream of.
Together, these industry leaders will open doors for their customers, providing an unrivaled design and development service and direct access to two of the world’s biggest markets.

by Roy Paul Prosise on August 31st, 2016

​Over the last few months, Beknown® has been working closely with Pecan Street, an organization solely focused on advancing university research and accelerating innovation in water and energy, to develop, manufacture and launch BluWater hardware products. The BluBand and BluCube are tech-based water and power conservation devices that integrate with a mobile application to help the little guy to manage their water and power usage which brings savings to both our wallets and our world.
Imagine a smartphone app that gave you the power to program your sprinkler system from your phone — and notified you if it was set to run the day after a rainstorm so you could reschedule it. Or an app that alerted you about a water leak at your home. Or one that made it possible to track your water use and water bill during the month.
That’s exactly what the Pecan Street BluWater app can do! BluWater will help you track your daily water use and water bill, and you’ll also be eligible to receive free consumer products like new sprinkler controller boxes that can be operated with a smartphone app.
Check out the Pecan Street website, watch the video and click on the Apple App Store or Google Play icons at the link below if you share the goal to make a better future. They have much more coming soon! http:/

by Roy Paul Prosise on July 19th, 2016

​Wow! This underwater camera sits on your fishing line and works with an app! It can help you catch more fish! See how it works and more videos...

by Roy Paul Prosise on June 28th, 2016

Beknown Now to announce expanding China operations. In order to keep up with the growing business in the U.S. BeKnown has reached out to one of the premiere product design and manufacturing companies in China. We will announce this partnership in the days to come. Our goal as a company is to create a fun and productive atmosphere to work in Asia.  We will be encouraging many of our current and new customers to tour our Design company located in Changping China. Jarod Barnett our China operations guy and Derek Litterall the US operations guy will provide a design atmosphere like no other. The new China facility will feel like home in the US. 

by Roy Paul Prosise on June 27th, 2016

Beknown Now is proud to be part of the Limb Bit team to support the product development and the manufacturing. Limb Bit uses sensors and your smartphone to detect changes in your horse's leg movements & patterns. Check it out!
​Because Horses Can't Talk!

by Roy Paul Prosise on June 8th, 2016

​Beknown Now and Gofish Cam teamed up to develop and produce one of the coolest little cameras on the planet! A product designed and engineered by people who love to fish. Ryan and Brandon have conceptualize a must have product for all fisherman. Go check out the web site and follow Gofish!

by Roy Paul Prosise on June 7th, 2016

​Alex and Cristian, founders of Kitchen Safety SolutionsTM LLC, started their product development journey with Beknown® as two college students at UTSA.  They came through Beknown® doors with a product concept that has been around for decades, a lemon squeezer, but their product has a twist: it cuts and juices fruit. From a concept idea, we designed and developed SquissorsTM, the first two-action hand held kitchen appliance that cuts and juices full sized lemons, limes and other small fruits such as oranges.
The founders had limited funding but financed the development costs by doing side jobs and still maintaining their obligations as full-time students.  Beknown® tailored a development plan for their budget with the goal to protect their patents and followed our proven program to look like a company with a mission. With a pre-production prototype in proof of concept retail packaging, some branding, a basic website and an investor pitch deck, Alex and Cristian were able to gain the interest of a marketing company to fund their tooling and production costs. SquissorsTM will be available on Amazon and for sale on their website in less than 3 months with Beknown® as their supply-chain management partner!
Alex and Cristian came into our door as college kids and now they are business owners of a product company with college degrees.

by Roy Paul Prosise on June 1st, 2016

​In a new product company, a novel product can jump start the product company and build your brand, however you need to consider product line expansion for the company to grow. A flagship product can be unique and new product which becomes the bread and butter of your business, but most one-hit wonders have a 2-3 year lifetime of sales growth before sales begin to diminish due to a product fad or new competition in the market space. You have to consider future generations and upgrades to your flagship product in the early stages of development as well as expanding your product line.  Not all products in your product line have to be home runs. You can supplement your product line with complimentary products for your flag ship product such as wine toppers in a wine product company.
For product line expansion some products may fall into the same product category, but might not be as novel. You can also spin your flag ship product for other markets for example exploiting a wine chiller concept to a chiller in beer bottles. The goal is long term growth for your product company as new product sales will eventually plateau! For example, Corkcicle tm began with Beknown® with a cigar tube concept for a wine chiller and now Corkcicle tm has over 10 unique products in their product line that we help them source and produce to keep the business growing.

by Roy Paul Prosise on May 10th, 2016

​Beknown® sponsored the CSU Collegiate Challenge this year offering $5000 to first place and runner up of 2016. The CSU Collegiate Challenge is Colorado’s most educational business pitch competition. The purpose of the event is to inspire, connect and educate student entrepreneurs to improve their success trajectory and advance their business. The competition accepted applications from 10 different states and 43 different universities and selecting the top 12 teams to compete in the 2016 CSU Collegiate Challenge for a grand prize of $25,000.00.
The Challenge was a huge success this year.  Lindsey Linke, founder of SiVEC Biotech was the grand prize winner and Carmelo Mannino of IgnoreU was the runner-up. Here is a video of Lindsey accepting the prize on our YouTube channel  The CSU Collegiate Challenge serves as a qualifying round for the Blue Ocean Enterprises Challenge. CSUCC winners advance to the regional bracket with a chance at the $250,000 grand prize.

by Roy Paul Prosise on February 1st, 2016

When building a company there are five pillars that set the foundation.

I. Capital resources
You need money!

II. CEO / Management
You need someone who is going to live and breathe and drive the company decision making and operations management

III. Supply chain management

You need a manufacturer to handle production. Think Be known Manufacturing.

You need to move your product from production facility to your warehouse for order fulfillment. This is our specialty!

IV. Marketing and Sales
You need someone to spread brand exposure, build a customer base and continue to reach new customers. Show me the money! Finding the right sales reps, marketing team, PR firm to sell your product is only measured by 💰 coming in compared to 💸 out the door.

V. Product idea and new product development
First, you need a good product idea that you an patent, protect and pitch. Then you must continue to improve on the product and reduce cost. In parallel you must introduce new products to sell under your product company. One hit wonders have an expiration date and require new products to supplement the company growth model!

If you are trying to fund raise for a company or a product, you have to prove to investors that you have these five components to your business covered! Investors only care about the team. With the right team and resources any product can be successful in the marketplace. In other words good ideas are a dime a dozen, but the right team and money behind any good idea is a powerful recipe for success.

Go to Beknown inventor portal at to download the BK 10 step blueprint. The Beknown team has unmatched experience shaping the 5 heads of a company to sell your product the right way.

by Roy Paul Prosise on January 8th, 2016

Ideas are like a baby. You need to bring the baby out in the world, nurture it, feed it, grow it, till it becomes big enough to take care of itself. If you leave it at the stage of an idea itself, it is as good as non existent.

by Roy Paul Prosise on January 4th, 2016

​Several years ago, Easy gardener out of Waco, TX called me in what everyone else in the molding business told them was an impossible position. They needed a redesign of their new garden plastic product and production samples shipped to a potential buyer by the next day to close the sale. Easy Gardener’s buyer was Home Depot. In the morning, I designed the part. I built the molds and shot parts before the end of day and shipped overnight to Home Depot to help my customer close the deal! Normally, the lead time for this process takes 6 weeks. In one day, I had to accomplish the impossible to help my customer get to the end-zone with their biggest buyer and secure my manufacturing contract.. Sometimes, you have to do what you have to do to get it done and get it done right.

by Roy Paul Prosise on January 2nd, 2016

Do you or someone you know have a new invention idea and don’t know where to go for help? Beknown can help! is an invention service portal that will help you patent, engineer, prototype, develop and submit your invention ideas to companies and Investors!

by Roy Paul Prosise on December 14th, 2015

​Many inventors who come through our doors do not always have the visual tools required explain their design concept. Many inventors who come through our doors do not have the funds required to develop, manufacture and distribute their product idea. Without a design concept presentation you will struggle to raise the capital required to get your product idea to the shelf. Designers have a calibrated eye to “see” your design in abstract space during discussions, however many investors need graphic aids to help convey your idea or they will not fully grasp the big picture. The pitch is best coming from the inventor as you are the most passionate person about YOUR idea. But a pitch is useless without an investor deck to present to investors. Granted, you can always lean on friends and family to raise start-up capital, but eventually you will need to gain outside investment to take your product to the finish line. I always tell inventors “if your product fits your hand, the cost to validate your product idea is half a million dollars.” This means you will spend $500k by the time you design, prototype, tool up for mass manufacturing, build sales platforms and have a small inventory to get real market feedback.  If your funds do not foot the bill required to take your product idea through development process, the best strategy is to spend money to go raise money. For example, if you have only $20k to invest into your product idea, your money is best spent securing your IP and doing some design exploration to wrap up into an investor deck presentation with a solid business plan and investor options so you can go raise the rest of the money you need to make your idea a reality. If you have a team like Beknown involved in your development, you do not need to have to justify to investors how you are going to handle your manufacturing, supply-chain management and distribution because you have a professional team on-board. The investor deck is a great tool for getting your product company to the next level, especially when the investors know you have a team like Beknown® behind you!

by Roy Paul Prosise on December 8th, 2015

​Your friends and family are unlikely to tell you if you have an ugly baby.  Same thing goes for your inventions and product ideas. They don’t want to hurt your feelings or crush your dreams because they care about you. This bold-faced lie your friends and family are telling you is only going to hurt you as you continue to spin your wheels in the wrong direction.
We will tell you out-right if you have an ugly baby. You are better off in the long run knowing that your baby is UGLY and there is no future for that baby when it gets out into the real world! We will also tell you if you can do surgery on that baby or if you should just let that baby go.  Most product ideas have a successful future with the proper care and nurturing even if it didn’t start out that way. We will tell you that we can put your ugly baby under and with a little Beknown surgery, creative spin and re-design, we will make your baby beautiful.

by Roy Paul Prosise on December 4th, 2015

​New product ideas have a little Twain paradox in it. New products are easy to sell. New products are hard to sell. For a new company with a new brand and a new product, it can be the best of times and the worst of times.
The double-edged sword is that consumers want to buy the next new thing on the market, but no one can buy a new product if they do not know it exists. New products are fresh and trendy. New products are cool! And still, nobody will know why they need or want to purchase your new product if you do not educate them. It is expensive to tell your story to consumers. Marketing, PR and advertising campaigns are like running for presidential elections: You can throw a lot of money at it and still not get into the White House.  Do not just build it and hope they will come! Launching a new product is a system of moving parts. For example, you need market validation before your go all in with mass-manufacturing and marketing, but how much marketing should you spend for a what volume of sales? At some point, you will have to stop dilly-dallying and make a decision or somebody else will bring your idle product idea to fruition. Only when you go all in, can your brand get the exposure and recognition required to generate the buzz and sales and success that you envisioned. It is absolutely an art to making new product ideas come alive. Be warned, you can get cut if you don’t do it right!

by Roy Paul Prosise on December 3rd, 2015

​There are countless bone-chilling, horror stories of US companies out-sourcing their manufacturing and production to Asia and being turned upside down with production issues and hard assets being held ransom. Google it. Then why do people outsource to Asia? Cheap tooling and labor. What are the issues with production in Asia? Shipping cost, delivery time and quality control? How to resolve shipping? Production orders by container volumes and good time management. How to manage the QC? Establish yourself in China. These off-shore nightmares have a common denominator: The US Company has no real presence in Asia.
We have seen many US companies who contact Asia suppliers direct on Alibaba expecting dirt cheap production with US quality. The US company corresponds with the Asian “factory” on email or Skype to get a few samples for approval, pulls the trigger on an MOQ and expect the same quality of production as the samples they received. You might end up with the expected quality product, you might not. First point, when you think you are sourcing and dealing directly with an Asian factory, you are probably dealing with a broker. The broker is going to find a Chinese factory that supplies a product like what you want. The broker has no control of the manufacturing process, production line, testing, QC, etc. In other words, you are not dealing directly with the Chinese factory that is making your product like you think you are. Second, when you base the quality of a new production run by shipping and inspecting a few samples or a previously successful production run, the US quality product you expect will turn out for the worst. You know why? You are not there to inspect the parts. You did not go to China, get drinks and build a relationship with the factory manager. You do not have a US manager on the ground in Asia constantly checking up on the production lines, continuously inspecting product quality and confirming materials before each container ships. The Chinese company is just trying to find a way to squeeze out a few more pennies since you have already beat them down on price. They are not intentionally trying to sabotage your business- they are just trying to make a living. Mostly.
So who is at fault when it inevitably goes wrong? The Chinese factory? The Chinese broker? Moral of the story is that you cannot throw operations over the pond and expect it to come back to your standard when you do not manage it correctly. You have to constantly plug in communications day in and out to keep up with your operations in Asia. Even with managers on the ground in Asia, you are going to have issues. In that case, at least you can resolve these problems before container lots of product ship to the US. If you are the US company that had epic failures in Asia, call Beknown and we will come bail you out.

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