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My partner Ladyada of Adafruit Industries is a finalist for “Entrepreneur Of 2012″. I feel like the maker movement has grown up together, and now many of us have become businesses. Best of all, I think the open-source hardware companies out there have done a great job at keeping their open-source and maker values – while still being solid businesses.

Limor has been on the MAKE advisory board from the start and her kits have been part of the Maker SHED over the last 5 or so years, she does a weekly engineering video show and just launched a new learning system with her team. She’s the hardest working, smartest and dedicated person I know. To see an amazing woman (she’s the only one out of 15 finalists) an amazing engineer and an amazing business person all-in-one as a finalist is fantastic. There are some great companies there, it’s good to see “one of us” in the mix. Above, a video from the Adafruit HQ and to vote you need to use Facebook. I know that’s a barrier for many out there who do not like or use that service, but if you use Facebook and want to see a maker celebrated as both an engineer and a business person, please vote :)

Update: No Facebook needed now! Text 170116 to 22333 to vote for Limor “Ladyada” Fried for Entrepreneur of 2012

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Bennett Benson says:

    I read all 5 profiles. In my mind, there were 2 very serious competitors to Ladyada, at least on things that matter to me. And while I have a very strong dislike for Facebook, I clicked on the icon to log into Facebook so I could vote for Ladyada. But, alas, Facebook has made some more changes to their site requiring me to actually log into Facebook and follow some more privacy stripping changes. In the end, I couldn’t do it.
    I’ll just continue to support Adafruit Induistries with my dollars instead of my vote. Sorry.
    Bennett

  2. matt says:

    Yeah the must log in to FB(datamine) to have a voice thing is getting really old…

  3. Update! No Facebook needed now! Text 170116 to 22333 to vote for Limor “Ladyada” Fried for Entrepreneur of 2012

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