Limor Fried on Making DIY Look Easy

As the founder of Adafruit Industries, a New York City-based DIY open-source electronic hardware kit maker, Limor Fried finds herself among the rarified few female engineers who are also bonafide entrepreneurs. Last year, Adafruit, which helps people create complex devices using everyday technology, did a booming $10 million trade in sales of the DIY kits. In addition to a legion of do-it-yourselfers, along the way, Fried picked up another fan: Entrepreneur magazine which named her Entrepreneur of 2012.

Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries

Fave quote: “We are what we celebrate.” –entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen

Words of wisdom: “Be the change. If you want to live in a world that looks a certain way, don’t wait around for someone else to do it.” –business partner Phil Torrone

Required reading: Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson

Entrepreneurial idol: Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, publisher of countless maker-friendly magazines and books

Biggest motivator: Feedback that Adafruit is inspiring the next generation of engineers

Design inspiration: New York City

Via Entrepreneur

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