Design, Engineering, ethnographic research, angel investment, private equity, management
Based in Phoenix, Durable Ventures, Inc. specializes in providing business structure, management, and growth to maturity for start-up companies in the hard-goods sector. By helping clients structure their operational models, the Durable Ventures team has assisted in launching a range of product-oriented businesses. Focusing on innovative products based on proven technology, Durable Ventures turns products into businesses. Additionally, Durable Ventures helps launch new businesses while carefully managing investment costs.
Durable Ventures was founded by President David Zuckerman, who possesses almost 20 years of experience in industrial design and manufacturing management. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has studied architecture at the New York Institute of Technology and Arizona State University. Early in his career, David Zuckerman worked as an Industrial Designer at Inspired Concepts, Inc. He later served as Design Director at Raytech Corporation, which specialized in product development and design, for over 15 years.
Prior to establishing Durable Ventures, David Zuckerman worked as President of Raytech Corporation, where he served international clients for 15 years. Zuckerman also acted as President at Express Manufacturing International, Inc., from 2003 to 2010. In these positions, he helped clients bring their products to market through design, manufacturing management, and business counseling. He now uses these skills to serve Durable Ventures, managing product research and development, overseeing project teams, and consulting on product development. His career interests in design, engineering, and angel-level investment also inform his work at Durable Ventures.
Aug 2010 - Present
Currently focused on managing and developing internal projects.Overall business management, business development.Durable Ventures structures and manages the startup and first years of product-oriented companies. We focus on innovative solutions in durable goods, based on proven technologies with relatively low cost of entry. We build and manage solid, low-tech, product-oriented companies based on innovative solutions using proven technologies—creating creating durable ventures.
Apr 1995 - Aug 2010
Executive functions, business development.Grew company to 18 people strong, helped hundreds of clients make their product concepts production ready.
Product Development consultancy--User Research, Industrial Design and Engineering for Arizona. Raytech designed consumer and industrial products for clients across the country and around the world.
1995-2005: Principal Industrial Designer and manager of Design and Engineering group. Managed growth of team and allocation of resources for multiple simultaneous projects.
2003 - 2010
Express Manufacturing International, Inc.
May 1993 - Mar 1995
Industrial Design Consultancy.
Sep 1990 - May 1993
University of Illinois
Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Hillel Student Union