MIT professor and LilyPad Arduino creator Leah Buechley writes in:

Nathan Seidle, the founder & CEO of SparkFun Electronics, is giving a talk this coming Monday about the history of SparkFun. If you’re interested in starting a business with $0 of investment capital, building a profitable company around open-source technology, designing electronics for manufacturability, or getting your favorite part sold on SparkFun, come join the discussion!

This talk will describe how SparkFun grew from a one man operation, run out of an electrical engineering student’s undergraduate dorm room, into one of the largest companies in Colorado, and along the way enabled engineers, designers, students and hobbyists to build new kinds of electronics. The talk will walk through pitfalls and triumphs, and discuss the creative, technical, and social philosophies underlying the company.

Nathan Seidle is CEO of SparkFun Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, a company he founded in 2003 as an undergraduate student in electrical engineering. The company, which has grown to over 80 employees, provides tools, hardware, and other resources for artists, engineers, prototypers, and hobbyists to “play with cool electronic gadgetry”. He is an accomplished engineer, innovator, and bootstrapping entrepreneur.

If you’re in the Boston area, definitely check it out!

Nathan Seidle at MIT
Monday, March 29 at 5:30pm
Room 32-155, Stata center at MIT
Cambridge, MA

Here’s where to find the portrait above.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • theophrastus

    Is that what he looks like? Hell, i can’t buy anything more from him. I want to buy nerd crap from nerds not jocks. Sorry… it’s just the way it has to be. I mean, just look at those “Make: Online editors and authors” on the right side of this page there; ugly nerds the lot of ’em… just the way I likes ’em!

  • Shadyman


    But there’s a special appearance by The Keg! And the soundtrack is available to everyone within earshot of Shipping.

    Okay, okay, I give in… I blame The Production Department.

  • Daniel

    Does anyone know is there a possibility of this presentation being available on the web for those of us who are not anywhere close but are still very interested in the content?


    Is there a way to be able to join the talk by ustream or any other method. Or, is there anyone that plans to go that could record it and post it on youtube or alike?