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.
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