Apologies again, @docneto
@PapaOlabode That is a loaded question, and it is really on a case-by-case basis.
Some startups develop their products completely in house, with components sourced either locally or abroad. These startups typically sell directly to their customers and the look and feel may not matter a lot, examples of such products are inverters.
Some startups prototype and get manufacturing runs from China. Typically, these are selling to a different clientele and as such the look and feel of the final product matters more. An example is VNTS.
Note should be taken also that there are local places to actually manufacture a product: Microscale Embedded can manufacture excellent printed circuit boards (and as well as doing contract manufacturing work, produce their products completely in house), and Tranos just got an Injection Molding Machine, Webber has a Plasma Cutting Machine and can do very intricate enclosures.
At the end of the day, it's mostly a cost for quality vs capacity and IP issue that determines how startups produce IMO.