Adafruit’s Ladyada (Limor Fried) named Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine @EntMagazine

E2012
Page46
Page48
Ladyada was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine today! Thank you everyone in the maker, open-source, hacker, artist, engineer and designer community who nominated and voted for Ladyada Entrepreneur of the Year, from the beginning of the process, the nomination and the finals, it all took us by surprise. The fantastic folks nominated all have amazing companies, causes and efforts, we’re trilled to be included with them. Thank you!

The magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2012, Limor Fried, founded Adafruit Industries in 2005 and through it, is educating and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists. The open-source hardware and electronics company not only designs a catalog full of cool tech products that clients can order–it gives away the step-by-step instructions and tutorials for them to learn how to do so themselves. Fried’s new badging system also makes learning exciting for kids, by rewarding them for mastering new tech-savvy skills, and furthers the educational mission of Adafruit Industries.

From the article…

  • 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


Previous profile here, and here’s a preview of the article January 2013: Feature: Entrepreneur of the Year here. And an interview “Magazine names hacker Limor Fried ‘Entrepreneur of the Year'” on CNET here.

With this award comes great expectations and responsibilities for all of us at Adafruit to keep doing a good for our community, customers and for our team. Thank you everyone for all the support.


Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards

Join Adafruit on Mastodon

Adafruit is on Mastodon, join in! adafruit.com/mastodon

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Join over 36,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



14 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s fantastic! Well done Lady Ada!

  2. WTG! Congratulations on “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

    2005-2012 = overnight success!/jk

  3. That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  4. CONGRATULATIONS!

    Never a more well deserved award.

  5. Congrats on nailing this award Limor, thanks for sharing, not only your passion for electronics, but for the community, source code, eaglecad files and your creative, entrepreneurial spirit.

    We are all delighted for you.

    Happy Holidays.
    SD.

  6. Brains and beauty: a winning combination.

  7. So cool! WOOT!

  8. Congratulations! You earned it. Such a great role-model for my girls.

  9. I am so pleased to see this.
    Please take a moment to enjoy this well deserved honor.

    – 4 year old ladyada fan Clara (and her dad)

  10. Congratulations! You are an inspiration to us all.
    and it says a fair bit that this post has gotten buried in your blog already today. I had to scroll down almost to the end of first page to find it.
    Great company you built – and keep.

    Mele Kalikimaka from Maui to NYC!

    – jerry

  11. Let your passion and innovation be a shining beacon of light for all the makers, inventors, artists, and future engineers.

    Congratulations!

  12. Congrats, Limor! Modern miracle for sure 🙂

  13. Very, very cool. A ton of inspiration for new builders, for women, but I think the things you are doing for the youngest generation of builders is the best.

    You rock!

    (And a "You rock too!!" to the crew at Adafruit, you deserve some of the credit)

  14. Congratulations! Glad to see your hard work recognized.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.