[Limor Fried] (Adafruit) up for Entrepreneur of 2012 award

[Limor Fried], the brains behind Adafruit is one of the five finalists for the Entrepreneur of 2012 award in Entrepreneur magazine. We’ve always been big fans of how she chooses to run her business. Adafruit supplies open source hardware and compiles tons of great tutorials on the pieces. Not only that but they have pushed very hard to build a community that shares information and encourages others to build things, with their “ask an educator” series and the community “show and tell” that we hope to emulate at some point.

You’ll notice she’s the only engineer in the list. Not only would your vote go toward getting an engineer to win, it would also be shedding light on the open source hardware movement.

Unfortunately, the voting is being done through facebook. We know many of you will opt not to participate due to this fact. It is unfortunate that this is becoming so common. I’ll be voting though. We could use more companies like Adafruit.


  1. Velli says:

    Unfortunate that voting through FB is common, or that people are refusing to put up with that crap?

    • Kuy says:

      Unfortunate that these voting systems permit logins from just one source. If they allowed you to authorize from Twitter, Google and, say, LinkedIn logins too then I’m fairly certain there would be fewer complaints. Plus they would have the added benefit of tweeting (etc.) activity which is a big plus for drawing attention to the campaign.

  2. Finally FB is useful for something other than getting sucked into family feuds. I voted for Limor.

  3. sawo says:

    What the fuck is it with that facebook. I don’t have one, and i won’t get one for voting. Sorry, but clear vote for Limor lost.

  4. Ajb2K3 says:

    She has just received my vote!

  5. Neil Cherry says:

    Yes, facebook sucks but I voted for Adafruit, Lady Ada, engineering and Open Source. I hope I won’t take a lot of (Facebook) crap for this.

    Sorry for not voting in the Red Bull thing but the Facebook part does suck.

  6. Zack says:

    What’s on the lips of all the health conscious moms around the country? Justins Nut Butter.

    I’m sorry, i hear the product is great but couldn’t they come up with.. well something else? :)

  7. Tom says:

    I don’t have a ‘real’ account on FB, but i do have one with fake information that i use mostly to access things like this.
    Limor has my vote.

  8. RussWill says:

    Limor has my vote. Nice video too!

  9. RussWill says:

    When did fb go from being stupid, to being evil?

    • Barefoot says:

      For me, it was when they started changing the security settings without telling anyone, AND automatically resetting options during these changes. I deleted my account during Zuck’s 60 Minutes interview.

      Good luck, [Limur]! I’d vote for ya if I could.

    • Reggie says:

      It’s always been evil, you just didn’t notice.

      • Charles' Nut Butter says:

        I did. I would absolutely love to have the data they collect. I have gone so far as to create a simple webcrawler that interfaces with facebook and dumps the data into a MySQL backend.

        It isn’t even close to all the aggregated info they have on my friends and family, yet they got so mad when I told them about the project.

        The only useful thing that I have done with is is make a interconnected chart of people that eat similar foods over time and see how it trends through my tiny social network.

        Survey say: PB & J is very contagious. A close No. 2 is Olive garden. Fast food is of middling speed but dies quickly and anything cooked at home brings lots of comments but almost no action.

    • maxxfi says:

      From its creation, obviously.

  10. Skitchin says:

    Something tells me voter turnout is going to be pretty bunk due to the FB app voting – “93 people use this app” and I’ll not be one of them.

  11. XOIIO says:

    Seriously? “Justins nut butter”? “Justin produces the most delicious nut butters”

    That’s fucking stupid as hell, I’m definitely giving my vote to adafruit.

    Nut butters, how douchey can a guy get.

  12. If position on the page is an indication of voting rank, Justin’s buttered nuts have pulled into second place, with Limor Fried moving from second to last place on that page. :-(

  13. Sam A says:

    Not only is Ladyada the only engineer on the list, she’s the only woman in the whole contest. The ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year’ category is completely full of young men, which is pretty fluxing unbelievable if you consider how many women there are in business and science programs.

    I call sexist bullshit on Entrepreneur magazine.

  14. EccentricElectron says:

    No disrespect to any of the finalists – but I couldnt see how they were they selected and without understanding the selection criteria I can think of many more deserving cases…

  15. chuck says:

    hate FB, but she got my vote. The rest are rat racers and money chasers, even the one with technology for the blind (yes, those devices make a lot of money).

  16. bluesteelbass says:

    Wow… a guy with a proprietary way of grinding nuts to make butter is on the same list as a biotech company researching ways to cure blinding eye diseases… and then a guy makes money ‘certifying’ fair trade? I need to start a damn non-profit, or start certifying that dust particles are in fact dust, and jump on the milk it for all its worth bandwagon.

  17. thexlc says:

    I noticed she was the only woman as well, that’s pretty bad out of 15 entries.

    The order seems to be randomly generated.

  18. Vonskippy says:

    Don’t whine about the facebook bullshit here, contact the editors of the magazine that’s sponsoring the contest.


    Come on hack-a-day-er’s, here’s our chance to let the sponsors know what non-brain-dead people think of facebook.

    So send them a comment NOW.

    • NewCommentor1283 says:

      although a good idea, i’d rather call then on a 1-800 number from an anon public pay phone and tell them how i feel

      giving them my email just means they make money off of me the same as the facebook kickback and is only rewarding them the same way(money).

      and anyone that believes that “this guy” does not sell email addresses is naieve, or ignorant

      the more money they make from our private lives, the more they will do it. i will not feed them any money or help them in any way. facebook is NOT my partner and never will be. NOT ONE FRIGING CENT

      oh and i’d have to delete more spam, thus giving my email provider more ad-clicks/money.

      im not a slave, unless i get a *&$*&^%*&%* CASH cheque. so unless your going to offer me CASH, i will not follow any trails of
      “i HAVE to click this link in order to make some random company richer”

      spam might be okay if it was something i like.
      but advertisments for fake, illegal, and potentally FATAL drugs is not something i enjoy reading. and i take offence to anyone telling me i should “just get them”

      PS: any email with a fraudulent “FROM:” field in it, OR an incorrect “TO:” field is illegal in most countries and that includes this one. take note.

  19. Myface Spacebook LOL:

  20. NewCommentor1283 says:

    yo yahoo! err wait, now H.A.D. is doing this too?
    will this be an everyday thing?
    stop posting nonstop articles advertising facebook!

    you just lost my trust, along with redbull.
    not that i ever purchased anything from you.

    anyone accepting donations or kickbacks from facebook in exchange for every customer being tricked into signing up for facebook is not a company i will do buisness with.

    hackers hack, kit-buyers buy,
    and facebookers get booked into… facebook

    too bad this article will probably be “pinned” at the top of the page for like, days? oh its so important we couldnt be bothered to click “next page” just to read it (again?)

    whata ya gonna do in 6 months when facebook doesnt even exist? IPO fraud usually results in the servers going down permenantly.


    • PatrikD says:

      Uhm – why exactly did *adafruit* lose your trust over this? Limor’s not the one pushing facebook. She merely got nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year.

      If you want to be pissed of at someone, be pissed off about Entrepreneur Magazine requiring FB to vote on their poll. HAD and Limor have nothing to do with that.

      • NewCommentor1283 says:

        1) EDIT: my bad, its that magazine i MEANT to referr to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry my bad!!!
        PS: i already dont trust ANY “magazine” so ditto

        2) im also a little ticked off at HAD just for making YET ANOTHER article about the joys of facebook.

        3) i know, its “only” two facebook articles in a row(week?), but soon enough it will be everyday. just like the rest of the web. and it HAS stop!

        (without brother-book)

    • PatrikD says:

      I fully agree that Limor deserves to win this.

      I’m just wondering – why this year, exactly? Has she been doing something recently that makes her even more awesome than last year? Or is it just that the rest of the world is only just now catching on?

    • Rob says:

      Whiskey Tango Foxtrot does this article have to do with the joys of facebook???

      Lady Ada and the folks at Adafruit are frigging folk heros to hackers. When they get good press, we’re all happy. In this case Entrepreneur magazine is giving her loads of good press by featuring her like this. So, HAD takes the time to point it out, and to encourage HAD-ers to vote for her. Not only would it be huge for her & her company, it would be huge for the open source cause.

      It’s Entrepreneur’s fault (and solely their fault) for running their voting through facebook. I gave it up in January and won’t have anything further to do with it, so I can’t vote. But that’s ONLY Entrepreneur’s fault. Blame them, then contact them directly. They’re not gonna spam you into oblivion just for contacting them about the way they’re running a poll.

      Take a breath dude/dudette… it’s gonna be OK.

  21. bootlegger says:

    well said Vonskippy.

    I have sent an email as you advised:

    I would have liked to place my vote for Limor Fried for Entrepreneur of the year 2012, but it appears the voting is only open to those saps who believe in FB. I am not a user of facebook, and it is banned on my machines at home, so I would appreciate it if you could open a proper voting booth to allow a fair and unbiased voting arena, or alternatively place a vote for me to count for Limor Fried.

  22. jtulley says:

    Yeah, the FB requirement will definitely be a detriment to Limor. Especially if it requires a “facebook app” with all its attendant privacy concerns to vote.

    My work has consistently won the “Best company to work for [in my state]” when the voting was through some website built specifically for the purpose. This year however, the voting was through Facebook, and all the techies at my work were too turned off(read: didn’t want to install another FB app, if they had FB at all) to vote.

    Yeah, we didn’t win.

  23. I find it odd that people on here are so anti facebook. Adafruit, Sparkfun, Evil Mad Science, Ben Heck, Jeri Ellsworth, and most of the biggest names in the maker / hacker movement all utilize facebook to it’s fullest extent. Hell even HaD has a facebook page. So what if facebook changes settings, just pay attention and keep your stuff up to date. If you are worried about your data being stored, Google stores far more information on you than facebook ever could.

    • Charles' Nut Butter says:

      “Google stores far more information on you than facebook ever could”

      Disease kills more people than murderers ever could, so we should not avoid murderers?

    • targetdrone says:

      I find it odd that people on here are so anti facebook. Adafruit, Sparkfun, Evil Mad Science, Ben Heck, Jeri Ellsworth, and most of the biggest names in the maker / hacker movement all utilize facebook to it’s fullest extent. Hell even HaD has a facebook page.

      It’s not odd that people with something to sell make use of all the free marketing tools they can. In the case of Facebook, they go with it because it increases sales or readership or eyeballs or whatever is paying the most for them.

      And if you think Google is bad, then do what any responsible person does: avoid them. Don’t use Google search as your primary engine. Employ their do-not-track cookie on any machine you have no other option on. Don’t permit google-analytics.js to load on your machines. Matter of fact there are over one thousand tracking sites I don’t allow to load; Google and Facebook are just two of them.

      An increase in sales due to Facebook doesn’t mean they get 100% coverage of their readership, though. I didn’t even realize any of those sites had Facebook anything until you mentioned them, as the tracker killers also prevent their little [f] graphics from loading.

      It is kind, however, to at least view a few ads on the sites you frequent. Slashdot has a “pay the ads away” subscriber model that I really like. I’d use that on more sites if they offered such a deal.

      • As a part time web developer and website owner I quite like Google Analytics and as a consumer, I like google and amazon’s custom adds. It shows me things that I actually might be interested in purchasing. It is much better than the old days where we had adds for horse hoof conditioner and montana car dealerships popping up in google adsense.

  24. SkyPirate says:

    I would very much like vote for Limor Fried, however FB brings the rage to the surface.

    Sorry Limor.

  25. helpdeskjunkie says:

    yall sound like a bunch of hipsters with your “hating facebook for no good reason” ways. hate to tell you, its only going to become more of a prominently used forum throughout the next few years. if you dont like it, dont use it. but dont flood HD with your whining. some of us come here for genuine comments, not just “wah wah wah facebook wah wah wah security settings wah wah wah”

  26. Ed Jaws says:

    Limor [Adafruit] gets my vote simply for the “Community Contribution” section. Entrepreneur sums it up well in the last paragraph:

    “Limor’s goal is to make the world a better place by creating great products and showing how they’re made so others can learn and share. Adafruit has discovered the more we all give and share, the more we all get back.”

    I keep my FB to look and keep track of what a few friends and favored businesses are doing (if I can avoid “Friending” them) but I almost never participate in anything. On signup and ever since, FB was given the bare minimum of my info… some true, some not-so-true.

    Now I can definitely put my membership to good use!

    Best wishes & Best of Luck to Limor Fried, a.k.a. ADAFRUIT!!

  27. slowJim says:

    I wouldn’t.

  28. turbochris says:

    FB vote? wtf…. sorry, lost vote for my favorite girl nerd…. dirty data mining FB…..

  29. Elias says:


  30. facefook says:

    don’t worry about that certain social networking site. their share value is dropping like a feather in a vacuum. it’s game over for them sooner rather than later.
    why not just sign up, vote for Limor then never use that account again, and be happy knowing you have wasted a tiny amount FB disk space.
    win win, no?

  31. Willy says:

    SALES IN 2011: $4.5 MILLION (Adafruit) <- Holy Crap!

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

    • Olivier says:

      I would prefer to create a fake FB account than using my cell phone number…
      BTW : does this numbers works outside US? Anyway, that’s another crappy move from entrepreneur magazine.

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