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Entrepreneur magazine has named Adafruit‘s founder and lead engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried, as the Entrepreneur of 2012. A tireless proponent of the open source movement, Limor started Adafruit in her dorm room at MIT in 2005. Today, Adafruit is housed in a 12,000-square-foot industrial space in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, sells 800 different products, and hit $4.5 million dollars in sales in 2011.

Check out the video below for more about Limor and Adafruit. Her own words sum it up best:

My passion is teaching people electronics and showing them just how fun engineering can be. … Not only do I design and manufacture electronics, but then I give away the recipe of how it’s done. And I do this because I think it’s really important for people not only to understand how we make stuff, but how they can make stuff themselves at home. … I give away all this information so people can learn, share, and build their own businesses from it.

Congrats Limor! You’re a fine role model for budding engineers across the globe.

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.



  1. Scott says:

    …I think you meant “4.5 MILLION dollars”, not “4.5 dollars”. One is a good sales figure for a company, another is enough to buy me a small sandwich.

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      Thanks Scott! Best typo I’ve made in a long time :)) Fixed.

  2. ameyring says:

    Congratulations! You are a true champion of the open-source and maker movement!

  3. cyclist916 says:

    Congrats! I am jealous of all of the fruits of her labor, but she absolutely deserves her award.

  4. BobAtWork says:

    I’ve followed her work since those dorm days at MIT. She absolutely deserves this – an impressive individual.

  5. Balloondoggle says:

    Congratulations, and thank you!

  6. ka1axy says:

    Well deserved. For a while I thought hardware hacking was dying out. Limor has been one of the leaders of the comeback. Hard work, dedication and intelligence are occasionally rewarded!

    (along with MAKE, of course :-)

  7. Johnross1968 says:

    Smart is Sexy.

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  9. darylynn says:

    What a clean work area.

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