I worked at Niles Audio full-time (More than a year)
Very few barriers to being creative - virtually no bureaucracy - results are king.
Lack of resources - specifically capital equipment - part of challenge was to make due with test equipment through borrowing or to go to production without desired test data.
Advice to Management
Find a technology visionary to provide the "seeds" for new product innovation ideas - it will be more difficult than ever to stay ahead of the "big guys" in distributed signaling and content delivery (e.g., Google, Verizon, Samsung, Apple, Qualcomm, Broadcom).
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