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Product Funder, Inc. was founded in 2011 as resource to help inventors and designers bring their product ideas to market. We know what it takes to be successful in product design, engineering economics, manufacturing and distribution. Varied backgrounds and rich experience within these disciplines allow us to help like no one else can. If you have a great invention idea, and know you want to make it a reality, let Product Funder help you get it there.

Stephen Sanford, Co-Owner and President of Salient Technologies, Inc.

Stephen studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Montana State University-Bozeman. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a SolidWorks Certified Professional. After working for a Fortune-200 energy producer and then an internet software startup, Stephen joined Salient Technologies, Inc. in 2000. At STI, he has developed thousands of innovative product designs for a wide range of companies both inside and outside of Montana, being named on numerous patents in the U.S. and abroad. Stephen specializes in ergonomic and user-centric design, 3D virtual simulation, and design for manufacturing. Stephen is a musician, singing and playing guitar, bass, and saxophone. He also is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, biking, skiing, and hiking with his family of four in beautiful Bozeman, Montana.

Since 1998, Salient Technologies, Inc. has helped inventors and manufacturers develop products and technologies that are ahead of their time. STI specializes in consumer product design, 3D conceptual design, marketing renderings and animations, rapid prototyping, analysis, and design for manufacturing. STI has developed thousands of products from pediatric wheelchairs to award-winning, environmentally friendly pet toys; from breakthrough cryogenic valve technology highlighted in NASA Spinoff Magazine to a revolutionary cycling power meter called the iBike. STI values creativity in design, encouraging its employees to be active in the community and cultivate other creative outlets.

David Yakos, Designer, Inventor, Co-Owner Salient Technologies Inc.

Driven by creativity, David received a Mechanical Engineering Bachelors of Science degree from Montana State University. With an imaginative point of view, he pursued the world of consumer product design. His first designs to hit the marketplace were awarded industry awards and forever altered the archery industry. After designing several product lines, he set the world of 3D computer aided design aside for 5 years to positively influence the lives of youth while traveling abroad. Splitting time between New Zealand, Costa Rica, Europe, and other pockets around the world, he guided service projects and expeditions. As he traveled, creativity expanded as the world shrunk and his invention journal grew. With Bozeman calling his name, David made his way back home to co-purchase a product design firm, Salient Technologies Inc.

Working with lone inventors as well as large corporations, David loves to help turn ideas into products. Being able to turn an idea, napkin sketch or even transform a pet peeve into a product, virtual prototype, photo-realistic rendering, rapid prototype, production ready drawings, or even patent drawings keeps his world new and exciting. The ever-shrinking design cycle allows him to launch consumer products into the marketplace at a fast pace; keeping customers ahead of the competition.

Dr. Joe Stanislao, E.Sc.D, P.E.

Joseph Stanislao was born in Manchester, Connecticut. He attended and was graduated from Manchester High School and the Howell Cheney Technical School concurrently. Joe worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a detail draftsman before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, where he served for three years.After receiving an honorable discharge, he enrolled in Amarillo Junior College, then transferred to Texas Tech where he was graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering; then Penn State University where he graduated with an M.S. in Industrial Engineering two years later. He earned a Doctor of Engineering Science degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from Columbia University (New York City).

Joe Stanislao began his college teaching & research career at North Carolina State University (Raleigh) as an Assistant Professor in machinability and machine design. Dr. Stanislao was Professor of Industrial Engineering (I.E.) at the University of Rhode Island; Chairman of I.E. Dept. and Associate Dean at Fenn College of Engineering, Cleveland State University (Ohio); Dean of the College of Engineering & Architecture, Presidential Advisor, and Vice-President of Agricultural Affairs at North Dakota State University (Fargo). He finished his academic career as an Adjunct Professor and Director and Coordinator of the Industrial Engineering Program in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Dept. of Montana State University (Bozeman).

Dr. Stanislao has received numerous awards and recognition, including the North Dakota Economic Development Award, American Men of Science, and many Who’s Who. He is a member of the IIE, ASME, ASEE, and the Industrial Engineering Academy of Texas Tech, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Montana and Massachusetts. He has numerous inventions, and holds patents to a Slurry Pump (5,114,312 and 5,100,288), a Rolling Ramp Device (6,643,878), and a Lift Apparatus and Method (7,325,654). Joe has over 85 refereed journal articles, 105 conference papers and presentations, and 4 books published. He is now enjoying life in private practice and as a founder and advisor to Product Funder, Inc. in Bozeman, MT.

We know what it takes to be successful in product design, engineering economics, manufacturing and distribution.

Product Funder Team

If you have a great invention idea, and know you want to make it a reality, let Product Funder help you get it there.

Product Funder Team