Yes, Women can hold their own in the male-dominated Tech World and Limor Fried is one outstanding example.  She founded AdaFruit Industries, an open-source hardware company in 2005. The company designs, manufactures and sells a number of electronics products, electronics components, tools and accessories. It also produces a number of learning resources, including live and recorded videos related to electronics, technology, and programming.

When a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she began selling electronic kits on her website from her own designs in 2005.  She later moved to New York City to found Adafruit Industries.  [She named her company in part after Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of the poet, Lord Byron, born in 1815.  She is sometimes referred to as the “world’s first programmer” due to her work with Charles Babbage and his proposed computer, the Analytical Engine.]

In addition to distributing third party components and boards such as the Raspberry Pi,   Adafruit develops and sells its own development boards for educational and hobbyist purposes. 

In addition to manufacturing and selling electronic devices, Adafruit regularly publishes tutorials featuring their products. The tutorials show how to build projects, highlighting their products’ abilities and strengths. The site hosts close to 1600 guides and articles written by collaborators. The guides range from teardowns of existing wearable electronic devices to 3D printing projects to overview and introduction of Adafruit merchandise and how to build projects.

By the way, last I heard, AdaFruit Industries was valued at approximately $50 million.


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