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7 Things You Should Know About Limor Fried and Her Million-Dollar Tech Company

7 Things You Should Know About Limor Fried and Her Million-Dollar Tech Company

Limor Fried is the sole owner of a million-dollar tech company called Adafruit Industries.

In an article from Business Insider, she stated that in 2014, the company sold $33 million in products and is growing at a steady clip of about 20 percent year-over-year. Adafruit's main goal is to get everybody, especially young girls, more involved with technology, science, and engineering.

Fried and her company are passionate about providing easy-to-understand products that will encourage people to grow their interest in engineering and technology. Learn more details about her company below:

1. In 2005, Limor Fried became a MIT engineering graduate student.

2. Fried was the first female engineer to appear on the cover of WIRED magazine.

3. The name Adafruit Industries is inspired by Fried's long-time online moniker, "ladyada." It is a tribute to 19th-century mathematician Ada Lovelace who is widely credited as being the world's first computer programmer. 

4. Adafruit Industries has never taken venture-capital funding, which means the company can pay its bills and focus on its initial mission without having to working about fast growth. 

5. Starter kits include circuit boards and light panels which allow people to build projects in robotics, connected, appliances, art, and many other things. 

6. Recently, the company has invested in building technology to help people create elaborate costumes to wear to comic book and anime conventions. 

7. Last year, an Adafruit-sponsored maker group used the company's products to make costumes for a Brooklyn Ballet performance with motion sensors that lit up with every dancer's movement. You can watch the costumes in action below:

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