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In 2010 there were 13 Open Source Hardware companies that were making $1 million or more… @adafruit #OHM2019 #oshwa @ohsummit #opensource #opensourcehardware @OReillyMedia #foocamp

In May of 2010, almost 10 years ago, Ladyada and I gave a presentation called “Million dollar baby – Businesses designing and selling open source hardware, making millions” (video).

Intro text from the event:

“At O’Reilly’s foo camp east 2010 at Microsoft’s NERD center (MIT campus) we presented “Million dollar baby – Businesses designing and selling open source hardware, making millions” at the Ignite hour. 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide – we tried to capture the excitement and great work from just a few of the dozens of open source hardware companies & resellers. Special thanks to all the companies who helped with some data points and to the OSHW workshop group.”

At the time (2010), the companies that were approaching $1m in annual revenue were:

  • Bug Labs
  • Dangerous Prototypes
  • DIY Drones
  • Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

At the time (2010), companies OVER $1m annual revenue:

  • Adafruit Industries
  • Arduino
  • Beagle Board
  • Chumby
  • Liquidware
  • MakerBot Industries
  • Maker Shed
  • Parallax
  • Seeed Studios
  • Solarbotics

At the time (2010), there was only 1 company that was over $10m in annual revenue:

  • SparkFun

The slides are embedded above and on Slideshare. Here’s a PDF. And … photos on Flickr from the event.

Coverage at the time (2010):


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