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Women in STEM - Limor Fried

When Limor Fried was studying Electrical Engineering at MIT, she was also busy starting her own company from her dorm room. That company, named after fellow Woman in Tech Ada Lovelace, is called Adafruit, which quickly became one of the leading manufacturers of open-source electronic kits for makers of all ages.

Limor graduated from MIT with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and followed that up with a Masters in Engineering 2 years later. Already experiencing success, Adafruit quickly grew into a multi-million dollar venture and then moved its headquarters into New York.

An innovator and pioneer in the learning electronics industry, Limor has been celebrated through many different awards and milestones so far in her career. She was the first woman engineer to be featured on the front page of “Wired” magazine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave her the 2009 Pioneer award, and she was named the 2011 Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company.

In an interview with MagPi magazine, Limor talked about why she loves entrepreneurship, “Running your own company isn’t for everyone, I wasn’t even sure it was for me at first, but the freedom and flexibility to pursue whatever you want and work on the important things is seductive and rewarding. There’s a ton of risk, of course, but the biggest risk is regret later if you don’t even try.”

To learn more about Limor and her work with Adafruit, check out her wikipedia page:

And you can also watch this interview on the MAKERS YouTube channel:

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