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Limor Fried
Date and place of birth
b. Brookline, MA
Current location
New York, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
200506, Research Resident

Limor Fried is an American electrical engineer and owner of the electronics hobbyist company Adafruit Industries. She is influential in the open-source hardware community, having participated in the first Open Source Hardware Summit and the drafting of the Open Source Hardware definition, and is known by her moniker ladyada, an homage to Lady Ada Lovelace.

Adafruit was founded by Limor ‘Ladyada’ Fried.

Limor was an Eyebeam resident between 2005-2006. During this time she founded what has become Adafruit Industries, the $33mil company focuses on access, STEM learning and open source hardware.

During her residency at Eyebeam, Fried created new hardware and expanded Adafruit’s presence. Her goals were to make the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels and create the premiere online resource for learning electronics. Since its founding in 2005 it has grown to over 100+ employees and is a 100% women owned company.

Limor is the manager of the the longest running live video electronics show on the internet, and was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED and was awarded the Entrepreneur Magazine’s, ‘Entrepreneur of the year’, in 2012.

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