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Open-Source Hardware Hacker Ladyada Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the open-success dept.

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ptorrone writes "Limor 'Ladyada' Fried of open-source hardware company Adafruit Industries was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine. From the article: 'Recognizable by her signature vivid-pink locks, Fried (or Ladyada, as she is known on the internet) is one of the dominant forces behind the maker movement--a legion of do-it-yourself-minded folks who create cool things by tweaking everyday technology. Last year New York City-based Adafruit did a booming $10 million trade in sales of DIY open-source electronic hardware kits.'"

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Hawt (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42333851)

I'd stick it in her pooper.

Re:Hawt (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334169)

From open source to open sores.

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Re:reply (-1, Offtopic)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | about 2 years ago | (#42333983)

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she deserves it (5, Interesting)

Tweezak (871255) | about 2 years ago | (#42333923)

I've wondered what she was doing ever since she released Spoke POV years ago. I'm relieved to see that not all of her ideas were stolen.

Re:she deserves it (5, Interesting)

Tweezak (871255) | about 2 years ago | (#42333943)

maybe that didn't sound quite right. Someone swiped the POV system she developed and sold it on car wheels. They didn't even bother to change the programming interface. I was always afraid someone else was getting rich off her ideas and hard work.

Re:she deserves it (3, Interesting)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42334391)

How do you steal an open source hardware design? Clearly she doesn't care if someone else used her hardware design or she wouldn't have made it public. Since it's hardware it's more about patents than copyright, and if neither she nor the company selling the hardware patented anything, who cares?

Re:she deserves it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335861)

don't be a troll.

everyone here knows the GPL and CC-By-SA, and why content creators use them and what they hope to get in return.

ripping off someone else's design and selling it for profit without credit is a moral crime if not a legal one. if you don't see anything wrong with living by whatever you can get away with, that's both sad and sociopathic.

Re:she deserves it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335965)

If you wanted to be credited you shouldn't use the GPL. You should instead be using the original BSD license or something with an advertising clause. Go die in a fire, freetard.

Re:she deserves it (0)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 2 years ago | (#42336231)

But giving a million of your "friends" your entire music collection, without compensating the artists for their efforts, is still ok, right?

Re:she deserves it (2)

mcgrew (92797) | about 2 years ago | (#42336961)

It is if your music colection is all GPL. Want some free ebooks? Go to boingboing, Doctorow posts his books there. He credits that fact for his standing as a best selling author. As he puts it, "nobody ever went broke because of piracy, but many artists have starved because of obscurity."

The more people that are exposed to your stuff, the more stuff you'll sell.

Re:she deserves it (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42361449)

What is trolling about it? Hardware design has nothing to do with GPL or CC since it's not a copyright issue, it's a patent issue. Besides, even the GPL has no problem with selling derived works for profit - and there isn't even a provision for credit, just redistribution of source.

Anyway, I agree that giving no credit to the original designer is a sleazy move, but so is calling using someone's open source design "stealing". For all you know she could be happy to see someone building fully assembled and tested versions of her design/kit, as not everyone has the skills or time to DIY.

And how do you even know that the company selling it is making a *profit*? Profit is what is left after subtracting expenses of material, labor, advertising, etc. Unless you have seen their books for all you know they could be losing money.

And "moral *crime*"? Seriously? Is that like a thoughtcrime? Maybe you should stop making assumptions about what other people think about usage of their work and go find out their real opinions before making these pointless rants...

Go Ladyada (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42333927)

She is awesome.

Re:Go Ladyada (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42333933)

And her vagin is as tight as a man's anus.

-Borat

I was making things... (-1, Troll)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 2 years ago | (#42333935)

Before Limor Fried's parents were born.

Re:I was making things... (2, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | about 2 years ago | (#42334059)

Ever make ten million in revenue?

-jcr

ya paypal stole it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334119)

go figure

Re:I was making things... (-1, Troll)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 years ago | (#42334121)

A more important question is: how much did she pay in taxes? I'm not talking about dodging taxes by giving to charity, either.

Re:I was making things... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334223)

probably a hell of a lot more than you. what the fuck do you care?

standing on the throats of giants (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42337365)

she didn't Make that!

Re:I was making things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334343)

What's your point exactly? You get a write off by law for charitable donations. One year I gave 10K in donations and still paid $170K in taxes. How is the write off avoiding taxes given it is codified in law? Had I not donated my taxes would only have been slightly higher.

Really, what is your point? I don't get it. How much have you paid in taxes and given to charity? What is your monthly payroll?

Re:I was making things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335397)

What's your point exactly? You get a write off by law for charitable donations. One year I gave 10K in donations and still paid $170K in taxes. How is the write off avoiding taxes given it is codified in law? Had I not donated my taxes would only have been slightly higher.

Really, what is your point? I don't get it. How much have you paid in taxes and given to charity? What is your monthly payroll?

His point is that he's a giant douche

Re:I was making things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335693)

Yeah right... Your mom said your pizza bagel bites are ready in the oven, and to clean up the basement it smells like armpits, feet, and Romano cheese down there.

Re:I was making things... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334097)

And did your work result in $10M worth of sales or provide employment to others? This award was for being an entrepreneur; it sounds like what you have is a hobby, while this award recipient managed to bring technical knowledge and business sense together to create a viable business.

Re:I was making things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334307)

Ignorant Motherfuckers will lead us to the Idiocracy utopia!

Re:I was making things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42339499)

Is this /. or forbe$ ? Since when did we care if someone has managed to monetise what we do for free, as a hobby, because we enjoy the intellectual challenge, not because we are money grubbing bitches who probably walked over other peoples backs.to get there anyway. Since when was being a monetiser automatically deserving of respect? If you subscribe to the stereotypical American role model of someone who makes the most money, preferably if they got some other poor chumps to do the work for them, then I'll offer the suggestion that this isn't the right website for you.

Congratulations (5, Insightful)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | about 2 years ago | (#42333949)

Congratulations to her. She does run a truly innovative company that is based on actual production making actual profit. More companies should start doing that. You can't eat "projected revenue", drive it, or wear it against the cold.

Re:Congratulations (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42333961)

What a slut you are! You need a big cock shoved into your tight little asshole!

Re:Congratulations (3, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#42335677)

She is a success because she is driven by creating and doing not by raw greed. This is what makes her not only a success, but she has far more respect from people than any fortune 500 CEO.

Being a greedy Bastard, like Samsung, Apple, Dell, HP, Microsoft, etc... is more profitable in the long run because screwing people has a higher profit margin.

Re:Congratulations (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42338233)

Indeed, if she was driven by anything else, she'd move out of NYC. It can't be easy doing manufacturing there with the higher cost of space & NYC wages eating into margins.

Although she has been hiring engineers and online content creators at remote locations, so perhaps that is starting to affect her decisions.

Classical woman bonus. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334029)

A man having done the same, wouldn't get a tenth of the attention.

Don't dare to (deliberately) "misunderstand" me:
I'm not saying anything about her.
I'm saying something about a bunch of pathetic loser nerds practically falling over themselves because "Ooooh, a female hacker!”

It's insulting and sexist. It devalues that which actually deserves respect. In her case as well as in other cases.

Oh, only 12 light years (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334089)

/obligatory snide comment

still waiting for the microtouch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42334929)

Still waiting for the microtouch to be in stock.
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/11/10/18/201200/microtouch-8-bit-open-source-media-device
It's been "coming soon" for a year now...

Wore one of her T-shirts on Sunday (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335407)

Great for her! I knew her back when she was 14, protesting the Scientology abuse of the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology. She organized the printing and sale of T-shirts with lots of secret Scientology code words, like "Xenu", the name of the cult's secret galactic conqueror demon, and various criminal actions of the cult such as "Operation Snow White".

The T-shirt company actually tried to rip her off and keep the money without making the shirts. It took work, but rather than wasting all the money on lawyers, Ladyada and her dad arranged for her dad to pretend to be ready to order thousands of printed shirts, showed up in the company president's office, and her dad said "you have to deal with *her*". Having a punked out teenager who's smarter and much more coherent than you in your office, with her very angry father as backup, seems to have brought the T-shirt maker to his senses. I have 2 of those shirts,, and sent several to Dennis Erlich, a former cultmember who was a very vocal critic of the cult and a credible counter to the cult's attempts to whitewash away the crimes discussed in the old newsgroup.

Ladyada was a shining example of political protest at its best: sharp, knew her material, and kept her concerns about actual abuse and criminal activity while staying completely legal. I'm thrilled to see she's as sharp commercially as she was politically. I like to think that the lessons we learned about handling abuse and censorship contributed to early handing of spam, astro-turfing, and even the recent Arab Spring by preserving the role of electronic communications as effective, uncensorable expressions of speech and knowledge. They were a vaccine against cult and government abuse, and Ladyada was one of the sharpest syringes we had to administer that vaccine.

Re:Wore one of her T-shirts on Sunday (2)

bzipitidoo (647217) | about 2 years ago | (#42336583)

The T-shirt company actually tried to rip her off and keep the money without making the shirts

More details, please. What is the name of this t-shirt company? And why did they try to rip off a customer? Was it because they're prejudiced scum who figured a customer who is a minor and a female would just roll over dead rather than fight? Or did Scientology somehow hear about it and pressure them? But in the latter case, why not simply return the money? Of course the cult could have been encouraging the t-shirt maker to keep the money, to deal a crippling blow to the plans to make those t-shirts. Classic Scientology tactic, attacking the means.

Open Source Sells... (1, Interesting)

Lumpy (12016) | about 2 years ago | (#42335667)

Please All you nay sayers how you cant sell open source or make money off it... PLEASE, tell me how she is a failure...

Open Sells. Open is Profitable. This is a fact.

Re:Open Source Sells... (1)

Theaetetus (590071) | about 2 years ago | (#42335675)

Please All you nay sayers how you cant sell open source or make money off it... PLEASE, tell me how she is a failure...

Open Sells. Open is Profitable. This is a fact.

People will use single data points to make unconditional blanket statements. This is a fact.

Re:Open Source Sells... (1)

lurcher (88082) | about 2 years ago | (#42335719)

People will use single data points to make unconditional blanket statements. This is a fact.

Do you have any more examples of people doing that?

Re:Open Source Sells... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335823)

ahem*sparkfun*cough

Re:Open Source Sells... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42336817)

Ah, yes. Two examples. Heck, even if you get it to several thousand examples of one-off businesses netting $50K-$10M apiece, they're still dwarfed by Sony, Apple, Oracle, Microsoft... walled gardens are wickedly profitable. Sucks, but there it is.

Re:Open Source Sells... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42338621)

So Adafruit, Sparkfun, Makerbot, Arduino... no matter how many counter examples we can cite, you'll only accept that it's a perfectly viable way of doing business if there's a simple majority?

That's dumb, both historically and now.

Re:Open Source Sells... (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#42337037)

Please All you nay sayers how you cant sell open source or make money off it... PLEASE, tell me how she is a failure...

Well, she sells open source hardware. Not software, hardware. People are more willing to pay for atoms (and it's why the open-source hardware license does not allow for NC/ND - because they realize people will want to buy the things rather than go through the effort of building from scratch).

Plus being a one-stop shop for practically everything you need helps a lot (like the Amazon model - you just go to one place and get it all - it may be more expensive, but you'll probably save by not having to deal with a million and one stores).

And finally - she does interesting and useful content. Her blog entries are extremely useful and detail how she turns stuff into useful stuff that people want to hear about. More "here's a way to make our charger iPod/iPhone compatible" and less "Apple suxx0rs, buy Samsung, no walled garden!".

In other words, she sells stuff people are interested in playing with, sells practically everything related to it (if it isn't on the site, it probably doesn't exist), and provides content useful to people.

And there are plenty of open-source companies. Though, oddly, the reaction to some of them is negative - like CodeWeavers, who support the WINE project. Seems every time their CrossOver product gets mentioned (which is their bits added to WINE, plus support), people complain "Why should I pay when I can get it for FREEEEEEEE apt-get-whatever".

Re:Open Source Sells... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42339593)

Hardware. Software. Apples and oranges. You can't download a piece of open source hardware for free and have it on your desk minutes later (yet). If all FOSS in the world was (for some technical reason) only possible to distribute freely as source code and not when compiled as binaries, RMS would live in a mansion.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335747)

I'm astonished that she has managed to turn a healthy profit on the dead-and-buried DIY electronic kit industry. After Heathkit and the likes went out of business, I thought it was all over for the kit businesses. But yet we also still have Velleman, Ramsey, and Sparkfun.

x0xb0x (1)

LizardKing (5245) | about 2 years ago | (#42335821)

Ladyada created the brilliant x0xb0x - a faithful recreation of the Roland TB-303 synthesiser and sequencer, but with MIDI and a flashable firmware. It's a a brilliant device, and acknowledged that what made the 303 so good was the combination of synthesiser and sequencer. All previous clones had imitated the sound generation aspects alone.

Re:x0xb0x (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335893)

"The gadget was designed by Limor Fried and an unidentified “crazy German engineer” who has kept his identity private." Or in other words, the crazy German designed it.

Re:x0xb0x (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42337371)

Awww... so disillusioned.
Next thing you're going to tell me is that Elon Musk didn't design the Falcon.

Company, good, as a person, I'm not sure (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42335905)

I've had opportunity to deal with Limor directly (why I'm posting as AC, as I am truly a coward) I like what she's doing in terms of her company, but personally, she's got a very closed "My way is better than yours" and "I make more money than you so you're wrong" attitude, which is very much different than many other open source folks I've dealt with. Maybe that is an effective personality trait in a CEO... I never want to have to deal directly with her again. If that is the way she also works with her employees, it must be a soul-sucking, denigrating place to work- you'll fit in as long as you join her cult of personality.

Re:Company, good, as a person, I'm not sure (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42336317)

I'm near retirement and have worked in embedded software for four different companies. In all my years of experience, the best engineers I have encountered were those educated at MIT. Limor Fried is not only from MIT, but she did a stint at the MIT media laboratory. I've bought lots of products from her and the quality is first rate, her circuit boards are works of art with tin plating on the solder pads (compare that to a Velleman board) and legible annotation.

A year ago, I ported her software library for the Adafruit touch-screen LCD display to the STM32 ARM platform. I can tell you that her software design is close to perfect - I found very few places where I could improve on her methodology.

What I like best about Limor Fried is her ability to teach fundamental concepts using state of the art multimedia. Where the beloved Heathkit had their extensive paper manuals, Fried publishes online tutorials with clear photographs and YouTube videos.

I guess the point is that if you meet someone who is intellectually gifted, educated at one of our finest universities, and sports hot pink hair and a lip piercing, you should be adult enough to expect some, shall we say, personality quirks.

Lastly, what is with all these adolescents here posting "anonymous" toilet jokes about Fried - was "Teen Beat" magazine uninteresting this month?

Speaking of Anonymous postings, I'll give my name.

James P. Lynch (Jim)
lynch007@gmail.com

Re:Company, good, as a person, I'm not sure (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42336497)

My point was not about the quality of her work- it was how difficult she was to work *with* - a fundamental idea behind open source is that it is collaborative- my experience with her was that you had to do things her way, very much the antithesis of collaboration- which gives me the impression that her overall approach is fundamentally limited. I don't like her personality quirks in terms of human-human interactions. Hair color, piercings, etc. are irrelevant to her company's products.

Do I want to use her products? Sure! Do I want to work with her? Hell no!

Re:Company, good, as a person, I'm not sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42338147)

Have a buddy with a mess of degrees in nuclear engineering from MIT. Same thing. Good guy, he can put the breaks on it when he needs to. But it takes effort and choice.

Everyone has their quirks. Everyone has their tolerance for quirks. I'll take awkward personality over say, someone that plays annoying music all the time.

Re:Company, good, as a person, I'm not sure (1)

ptorrone (638660) | about a year ago | (#42349653)

i do not believe this person claiming to work with limor has, could you provide any evidence at all?

Re:Company, good, as a person, I'm not sure (1)

Xenna (37238) | about 2 years ago | (#42337033)

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

Matthew 12:33

Re:Company, good, as a person, I'm not sure (1)

ptorrone (638660) | about a year ago | (#42349587)

hi "anonymous" - there isn't anyone that's worked with us at adafruit and limor that hasn't continued to work with us in some way that i am aware of. i've been part of just about every meeting or interaction on any of our products and limor has never said anything about "money" ever. if you've actually worked with her (or us) you'd know how bizarre your comment is. anyone is welcome to contact mitch altman, or jay silver or anyone we work with (we're very proud of all the makers we work with) - everyone at adafruit loves working here, it's a real family and you're free to contact any of us and me directly and i'll gladly have you chat with anyone here if you're actually someone we've worked with. no full time employee has left the company and we've never fired anyone :)

Whose motorcycle is thees? (1)

sethmeisterg (603174) | about 2 years ago | (#42342415)

It's not a motorcycle, it's a chopper. Whose chopper is thees? Zed. Who's Zed? Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.

Buh Bye, Radio Shack (1)

sethmeisterg (603174) | about 2 years ago | (#42342455)

I'm very glad to see this company thriving. I thought after Radio Shack shitcanned its line of electronics kits, that future generations might not experience the joys of learning and assembling electronics projects. Here's to wishing her much success in the future!
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