Engineering and entrepreneurship in many ways go hand in hand. IEEE members have for decades been at the forefront of turning their ideas into successful businesses. In this issue, we present IEEE’s efforts to attract more entrepreneurial types to the organization and to support members’ ventures through online resources, networking events, and more. A venture capitalist whose companies have never failed shares his advice with engineers who want to turn their business or product ideas into reality. We also feature several members behind some of today’s hottest startups and delve into the humble beginnings of Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and other multibillion-dollar companies.
Meet IEEE Member Limor Fried. Her do-it-yourself electronics company for hobbyists has carved out a category all its own and is worth millions. Through the new IEEE entrepreneur initiative, the organization hopes to attract more members like Fried who are developing engineer-inspired ventures.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.