David Powell

Manufacturing startup gets a fast start

Manufacturing startup gets a fast start

Jason Perkail of Baltimore and Dimitri Furman of Gaithersburg are audiophiles, former DJs with a passion for high fidelity. They never thought they'd be manufacturers.

But one led to the other. In the space of five whirlwind months, they designed a high-end hi-fi system, raised nearly seven times as much money on crowdfunding site Kickstarter as they originally asked for and are now setting up a production facility in Gaithersburg.

Their company, Tubecore Audio, has 292 orders to fill for Kickstarter supporters who rushed to get a below-wholesale price for a product that will retail at $599. The men are negotiating distributor orders now, too.

"We just...