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China seeks to make even more stuff



ARM’s much anticipated IPO is around the corner


Samsung: from fruit exporter to the 2nd largest chip manufacturer


“Packaging” chips in the US


Making sure the CHIPS act isn’t just crumbs

The lull in US manufacturing


Inside a TSMC fab


Philips, an electronics giant, has faded from its former glory


Chip inventories rise as demand falls



The business of games and their hardware


How (some) chips get made


Challenges in trade between China and U.S. highlighted by forced labor bill


Moving manufacturing out of China


Foxconn executive discusses the dramatically scaled back project in Wisconsin

A paradigm shift

Broadcom trying to acquire VMware for $61 billion

Trying anything and everything to get through the chip shortage


A development to watch: Intel in Ohio

What the success of just-in-time manufacturing can (and can’t) teach us today

Atoms and Bits: a new newsletter on hardware/software businesses



Pololu’s account of the chip shortage

Foxconn is coming to Ohio to manufacture cars


Savannah tells the story of the supply chain crisis in the U.S.

The Defense Production Act and the global supply chain


Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd raises $45m

Supply delays have made their way inland with railway bottlenecks

Apple went all in on China. Their bluff has been called


How the largest semiconductor manufacturer affects the chip shortage

Supply shortages challenge maker companies and innovation in semiconductor industry


Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs are going unfilled

Global shipping still hasn’t righted itself

Peloton to break ground at a new manufacturing campus in Ohio

CHIPS for America: a new bill tries to stimulate semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. #makerbusiness


How does Germany have the 2nd largest trade surplus in the world? And other questions in global economics.



To make it through a tough business cycle, layoffs should be a last resort


How 3M is able to ramp up production of N95 masks


1,000 True Fans, how creators can sustain themselves in the digital age


How to start, manage, and fund a paid membership program


Apple’s Mac Pro doesn’t fall far from the tree



Patreon: 4 million patrons, $1 billion in payouts


Will it scale? Culture at Google, it seems, will not.

A radio tuned to one station, tells many stories about manufacturing electronics

Robotics manufacturer Anki is stripped for parts


Kickstarter shutters Drip, its Patreon-like competitor

Re-evaluating Amazon after its acquisition of Whole Foods

Facebook struggling to break into hardware

Makerspaces struggle to stay in business even as interest in the industry grows


When mobile payments and government surveillance align

A list of companies owned by Amazon. It’s big.

Charitable business and the Buy-One Give-One angle

Invent-Her by Collab @collabnyc – apply now!


Trade war rolls on, effects will have lasting implications


Local business

Tariffs, lobbyists and line items

SiFive is a startup to pay attention to. RISC-5 is here to stay.

What’s next for Indiegogo after leadership shakeup

The giants of tech vs. the startups of home security


Brooklyn based goTenna is finding its place as a supplier for enterprise and governmental consumers

Over 30 years of hardware development – An interview with Parallax, Inc.

Diversifying your portfolio with sneakers?


Shapeways expanding its reach with Etsy shop integration

Robotics manufacturer Anki shuts down


Open source may be the foundation of computing, but there are issues far from settled

Amazon’s mascot shows how even small measures can reinforce business culture

The sustainability of open source software

The ethical, financial, and logistical challenges with hardware support

The shifting industrial landscape, by way of a converted paper mill


Counterfeit glue, rat poison, and international trade


Japan and the EU enter into monumental free trade agreement

The strange world of low-margin online returns

Apple manufacturing in the U.S.? Easier said than done.

Indiegogo helps raise money, and dabbles in incubation


Designing hardware is hard. Designing a test jig can be harder.

A field guide to designing your PCBs, learned the hard way

When it comes to new technology, adoptability is just as important as viability

The makerspace bubble in China



Trader Joes generics are often made by name brand manufacturers.

Open-source hardware requires a community. A little celebrity doesn’t hurt.

The golden age of microbrands?


Japanese word working and more in December’s issue of HackSpace magazine!

Bill Gross’s 7 lessons to help you and your business succeed

Spotlight on Makeblock, one of the latest companies to find success in the STEAM market


Wearable Myo ends production, soon to release smart glasses

Rethink Robotics closes shop. Long live collaborative robots #makerbusiness


Fewer startups, and other collateral damage from the 2018 tariffs

Electronics manufacturing is a burger of complexity


Despite multiple bankruptcies, RadioShack continues to find ways to keep the lights on


The end of Toys “R” Us marks the end of an era, even if it didn’t have to be this way

American startups are having an increasingly smaller share of the market

The many, many manufacturing processes listed on Wikipedia

Maker movement is about teaching skills, but also interest in STEM


Aquarium troubles: the cost of iteration and troubleshooting with a manufacturers abroad

@the_prepared is Soliciting Original Content on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Limor’s “10 Cool gadgets” that didn’t make the cut for @strategist @nymag


Hardware compounds the challenge of businesses working to improve their data centralization

A journey through Shenzhen, the electronics manufacturing hub of the world

The first step in making: a PCB

At Glowforge, a culture that is customer-focused and transparent


Tesla and the perils of automation #makerbusiness

Looking back at Electric Objects, a postmortem of a hardware startup #makerbusiness

What all businesses can learn from the maker movement

Not forgetting the importance of hardware, Particle acquires RedBear

Inside Adafruit or: How a Maker Company Makes @HackSpaceMag #makerbusiness


Lessons in launching a physical product #makerbusiness

Prototyping PCBs with Particle, a guide from a pro in the field #makerbusiness

Maplin collapses as rescue talks fail

Boldport Club at 500 subscribers


Starter Stories: Mini Materials

Pololu’s New Machines

The Public Radio’s inventory dashboard

Ten Days in Shenzhen


Adafruit Machine Line

Sweden adds fee per package plus VAT for packages from China

The Incredible Mrs. Lin

Competing with BigCo: 2018 Edition



Some go to production hell. I went to production heaven.

Presentation: Ten Year Futures – Benedict Evans

Adafruit interviews Dan Rasure, Managing Partner TechShop 2.0

Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs


The Prepared’s Favorite Tools of 2017

TechShop is closed, files bankruptcy

Limor Fried featured in NYC’s HER BIG IDEA!

Hardware in 2017


Where Internet Orders Mean Real Jobs, and New Life for Communities

Alibaba to invest $15b in tech, set up research labs around the world

Amazon’s Domination is Blocked by a Delivery Truck


The Prepared Podcast – Jonathan Cedar, BioLite

Lessons Learned Scaling Airbnb 100X


The software routing 260,000 grocery deliveries a week

Avnet Acquires Dragon Innovation


How Authority and Decision-Making Differ Across Cultures


HAX Hardware Trends 2017


Transforming Today’s Bad Jobs into Tomorrow’s Good Jobs

Drone Racing League Raises $20 Million From Sky, Liberty Media, WWE

“Free Arduino” – Free as in Freedom #makerbusiness

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

Brave raises $35M in Initial Coin Offering



Why Jitneys Will Survive Uber

Raspberry Pi and CoderDojo Join Forces

Airbnb’s Internal University to Teach Data Science

The Not-So-Secret Code That Powers Robots Around the Globe


Kickstarter Hardware Studio

PBS Kids releases baby’s first HDMI dongle

Strings Attached

Arrow launches free overnight shipment for all products in stock

China’s big push for its global trade narrative

Field Study

[Reading List] Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change

Simple & Powerful Commitment Strategies: Monthly Reports

GE’s Jeff Immelt Warns Donald Trump on Perils of Protectionism

SCM Simulator!

Where It’s Made: An Airbus Plane

IFPI Global Music Report 2017

Cities Seek Deliverance From the E-Commerce Boom


How Intel Makes a Chip

Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove

MakerBot’s technology of the future grapples with its rocky past

Undercover in an iPhone Factory (video)

We must ensure the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a force for good

Bezos On Risky Business

Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?

Amazon’s Robot War Is Spreading

The productivity paradox

Warehouse Process Analysis

Millennials More Upbeat on Manufacturing’s Future

The Economics of Airline Class

5 interesting things from Arduino Day (video) … And there was cake

Andrew Ng: Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity


SoftBank Invests $300 Million in WeWork

Apple acquires Workflow

“The Future of Vegas Revenue Is an Illusion”

Zenefits founder Parker Conrad takes another crack at HR onboarding

Interview with Altium! Tomorrow – 3/21/17 4:30pm ET

MakerFaire Chicago Postponed Until Fall 2017

Google Small Business “Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs”

Jessa Jones: Master Microfixer

Tune in tomorrow for AAE – Ask A Lawyer Edition 3/15/17 8pm ET

Michael Kratsios @WhiteHouse deputy CTO @mkratsios @peterthiel @WHOSTP45 formerly @amac @smithmegan @USCTO44 @WHOSTP44

Futuresource: OS Battle Heats Up In Education Market

Fictiv 2017 State of Hardware Report

Bak USA: Manufacturing With A Social Conscience In Buffalo NY

Snuggie Legal Battle Actually Matters A Lot

Let’s talk about tech literacy

Snap, Learning, Money

The Jobs Americans Do

Distributed Manufacturing


The Art of War – Sun Tzu – An Animated Book Summary

DistroKid: What I’ve been up to for the past 4 years

Ladyada @adafruit & makers removed from @whitehouse website #WHChamps #NationOfMakers @mfgday @makerswomen

Makies Power Down, For Now

Apple: Right to Repair iPhones Encourages Hackers @Apple :)

Heptagon acquired RF Digital in 2016 – then ams AG gets both … @amsAnalog #makerbusiness

Former Arduino co-founder Gianluca Martino is working on an Arduino programmable

Makers and car advertising

Fresh Layoffs at Makerbot Under New CEO

Battle of the Library Sorters

SparkFun’s former CEO starts “SPARK X”

Examining Pitch Culture

Zenefits Cuts Nearly Half of Staff

It’s Time to Transform ERP into a Systems of Engagement

Fedex Launches Fulfillment Services

50 Things That Made The Modern Economy – The Shipping Container

Repair Cafes

MakerBot’s next job: print a new CEO

Beating Kickstarters to Market

Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required


Amazon Expands Into Ocean Freight

DigiLens and the AR Display Price Barrier

Tune in tonight @ 9pm! AaE – “bunnie” Edition

How to Make America’s Robots Great Again

Samsung Battery Report

Samsung & Batteries

Memorize Your Metrics

DoD Education Program

Kickstarter’s Make 100

The 16 Top Tech Policy Developments of 2016

How It’s Made: Adafruit AdaBox – Our Subscription Service

Filling High-Skill Manufacturing Job Openings

Factory Maps

Celebrating the Winners of MIT IDE’s Inclusive Innovation Competition



Live video stats overview for an electronics show

“UPS Takes a Stake in Retail Returns”

“A Case Study of Crowdsourcing Gone Wrong” – Where is my shirt?


Happy CyberMonday ya’ll it’s #MakerBusiness

SparkFun CEO Glenn Samala interview by @PearceMelcher @sparkfun #makerbusiness @CHIPADDICT

Arduino co-founder joins AutoDesk to work on CadSoft EAGLE

“Intel is laying off a major portion of its wearables group”

The future of “makers” is live video (it’s here, now getting distributed) @kickstarter

Particle Announces $10.4 million Series A Funding @particle

On our reading list … The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware: Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang

Avnet Acquires Hackster, Focuses on Hardware Startups @hacksterio @avent #makerbusiness

Adobe + San Francisco’s first permanently affordable manufacturing space

Time to hack! Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition @NintendoAmerica

GoPro Karma recall

“How the Empire State Building was transformed into a giant, glowing election tracker” @Obscura_Digital

Learn to code startup pi-top pulls in $4.3M to fund a global edtech push

“Free Shipping Is A Lie”

“Highway1 gets new leadership as co-founder Brady Forrest moves into an advisor role”

“Good News! Fixing Your Car Isn’t Illegal Anymore”

“Trade: It’s No Longer Rising”


Heirloom-quality gift company from @bre

“End of an era: BlackBerry will stop making its own phones”

Micro:bit Educational Foundation

“China’s factories in Shenzhen can copy products at breakneck speed—and it’s time for the rest of the world to get over it”

“A Merger Between Qualcomm and NXP”

State of the live streaming’ Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and now Twitter (Periscope)

Disney Accelerator 2016 video(s) – littleBits and Star Wars coming soon?

“codebender’s next chapter”

“Qualcomm Is Said to Be in Talks to Buy NXP Semiconductors”

“Behind The Crash Of 3D Robotics, North America’s Most Promising Drone Company”


“The Entire History of Kickstarter Projects, Broken Down by City”

“Silicon Valley startups invade Best Buy”

Drone Racing investments

“InstaPart: Get Any Symbol & Footprint in 24 Hours – SnapEDA”

UPS begins testing emergency drone deliveries with CyPhy

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware (Full Documentary) and Who invests in hardware?

Wearable tech company Thalmic Labs raises $120 million from Intel, Amazon, and others

Facebook acquires modular consumer hardware maker @nascentobjects @BabackE

(make) Business books…

Dyson “brings engineering to life”

Maker biz Friday, what we’re reading…

How Google Is Schooling Apple And Microsoft In The Battle For America’s Classrooms

Quickie tour of some of Adafruit (video)

Joichi Ito Director, MIT Media Lab – Maker biz and more with Ladyada and pt (video)

What we’re reading … Makerbiz on Fri… by Digistump is for sale @digistump

“Google shelves plan for phone with interchangeable parts” @projectara

Hanjin – “South Korean container carrier stops accepting new cargo as U.S. ports block its ships”

“The future of Gadgeteer” (discontinuing .NET Gadgeteer)

LulzBot Parent Company Ranks 122 on Inc. 500 List @lulzbot3d @inc5000 @alephobjects #oshw

Why We Still Don’t Have Better Batteries


“The Prepared”

Jenny Lawton COO of TechStars @jennylawton @techstars

Nottingham ‘internet of things’ firm facing closure @365_Agile @WirelessThings

Blackbox “a new shipping company from the creators of Cards Against Humanity” @coolboxes

“Backers of Open-Source Chips Launch Startup”

Toys R Us will have Raspberry Pi ?

“Money doesn’t buy better core metrics but it buys growth speed”

John Maeda – Automattic “Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion” @johnmaeda @photomatt @WordPress @Automattic

CastAR gets new CEO and Popular Science has a new Editor in chief

“You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers” – Follow up, our interview with CEO/Chairman of RadioShack

The CEO and The Chairman of RadioShack – Answering your questions! 8pm ET TONIGHT!

Sparkfun has a new CEO Glenn Samala, Nathan Seidle on to designing new products …

“How I Founded a $2 Billion Company with a 95 Cent Book from RadioShack”

Seeed Studio has new offices!

Cyber ITL – “The Cyber Independent Testing Lab (CITL)” – Consumer reports for software safety

DangerousPrototypes introduces “DirtyBOM/DirtyAssembly”

Formlabs raises $35 million for its 3D printing system and teams with Autodesk

The marketing of Circuit Playground (educational Arduino-compatible)

“Why This Ex-Google Design Exec is Building a Startup with Crazy Whiz Kids”

Glowforge raises $22M in new funding ($59.67M total)

“Kickstarter Creators Lifted by Amazon Launchpad”

Overview of funding, hardware accelerators and more (video)


BREAKING NEWS – Raspberry Pi maker Premier Farnell bought by Avnet @Avnet

“Hardware companies should never take venture money”

“Analog Devices to Buy Linear Technology for $14.8 Billion”

Kickstarter’s “12 Tips on Shipping Rewards”

“America wants to believe China can’t innovate. Tech tells a different story”

Bunnie working with Snowden on phone tracking and also taking on the DMCA Section 1201 with the EFF

“Dollar Shave Club Sells to Unilever for $1 Billion” (subscription services)…

SoftBank $32B acquisition of U.K.-based chipmaker ARM to target ‘Internet of Things’

TechShop – new CEO and more…

“How yuppies hacked the original hacker ethos”

The 9 start ups in Disney’s Accelerator program (and some more littleBits news)

“How to Take Your IoT Product from a Breadboard to Manufacturing”

DIY Co. launches JAM (and more funding)

“Amazon’s counterfeit problem is getting worse”

Ubuntu’s “How to Make Money with Open Source Hardware”

“The Myth of the Millennial Entrepreneur” and a follow up on some stats from

“Facebook allows U.S. users to create fundraisers for nonprofits” – next up crowdfunding? – “Maker survey”

“20 Experts Share Their Best Advice for Hardware Entrepreneurs”


Crowdfunding advice … “Before you work with a marketing service, consider this”

OSH Stencils – “PCB solder paste stencil maker founded by do-it-yourself engineers”

Premier Farnell’s CadSoft sold to Autodesk

Adafruit’s engineer, Limor “ladyada” Fried interviews Digikey CEO Dave Doherty

“TechShop Announces Initiative to Help Launch 10,000 Startups by 2022”

Time travel – Maker business milestones over the last 10 years and more…

“A New Breed of Intellectual Property”

“A Scaling Magic Trick”

(How to end a Kickstarter, the good way) – ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone by Planetary Resources

Thank you Makers – Ladyada at the Whitehouse today!

“Failing Forward: Lessons Learned From The End Of A Startup”

Raspberry Pi maker Premier Farnell bought by Daetwyler

“The 3-D Printing Bubble May Have Burst”

“The Economics Of Selling Hardware”

Digistump launches – Custom PCB Service

Car cloned…

We are what we celebrate @littleBits on the cover of WIRED UK

The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen – our video review!

Internet trends report by Mary Meeker, KPCB 2016

“No Venture Capital Needed, or Wanted”

3D Scanning and (the Lack of) Copyright

Make: and littleBits at Barnes and Noble (NYC)


RadioShack .. is back? Names new CEO and more…

“If Work Is Digital, Why Do We Still Go to the Office?”

“Back to the Roots” – fish tank that grows food (cool maker company)

“The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen – Delivery Update”

“3 pitfalls that can sink any crowdfunded hardware startup”

“Nerds and Rockers to Face Off in a Queens Parking Lot”

“Federal Judge Says Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine A Perfectly Legitimate Source Of Evidence”

“What Is Your Hardware Business Gross Margin?”

Design in Tech Report 2016 — For Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, by John Maeda

OSH Park now a has a store front …

“Anyone Can Back a Startup Now”

The return of Quirky? Auxiliary …

Celery (pre-orders) for websites – acquired by Indiegogo

“Built Tough, Built Loud: The Development Story Behind the Loudest Speaker On the Market”

“We are what we celebrate” – Ayah Bdeir on the cover of WIRED UK

“The Trials Of Packaging A Product For The Apple Store”

Robot writing bot’ company Bond! Acquired by Newell Rubbermaid


“The Secret Culprit in the Theranos Mess”

“Brooklyn’s Wearable Revolution”

“MakerBot, the face of 3-D printing in the city, continues to falter, while little-known Shapeways cleans up”


“Inside One of the World’s Most Secretive iPhone Factories”

More on Makerbot

“The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup”

MakerBot will no longer make its own 3D printers

The Real Story of How Amazon Built the Echo

Notes on Hardware: Things to Know When Investing in Hardware

“The Inventor’s Handbook”

Women in venture capital and their impact on female founders

“Top 25 Websites, Tools and Resources for Hardware Startups”

Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold (robots that take things apart)

GoPro Launches Developer Program

“The hidden psychology of failure”

Apple is selling 3D printers (in Europe)

“The Drone Manufacturers Alliance”

“2016 State of Hardware Report” and Instructables – videos videos videos

“EBay Will Sell Its Own Boxes To Kick Up Its Brand Awareness”

“100K MakerBot 3D Printers Sold Worldwide”

“Maker.Works by Digistump – Custom PCB Service”

Is RadioShack Back?

“Solidoodle Announces Suspension of Operations”


“Internet of Things: Are We There Yet? (The 2016 IoT Landscape)” by Matt Turck

“Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s”

“Periscope Hits 200 Million Broadcasts, Number Doubles in 3 Months”

“Seeed Featured on Wired Magazine UK April Issue!”

“Preparing for Production of The Essential Guide To Electronics in Shenzhen”

“Owning DirtyPCBs: an opportunity lost”

“YouTube wants more female driven content” (video)

“Does Reshoring Fashion Manufacturing Make Sense?”

“Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat”

Sugru – sales hit $5.5m in 2015

Daily LIVE show(s) from Amazon

“How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement”

“By The Numbers: The Rise Of The Makerspace”

“From Prototype to Production”

“E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard”

Boldport – kit subscriptions

“CEO” and “value vs valuation”

More on low postage “China is classified by the UN as a developing country”

“Culture shock – Samsung’s mobile woes rooted in hardware legacy”

GoTenna gets funding and is now in REI

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Crowdfunding Campaign by Coin, Inc.

Dale Dougherty Returns as CEO of Make: @make @dalepd #makerbusiness


Jameco’s has a free shipping club

Gregg Brockway CEO of MAKE has left Maker Media (MAKE)

The Postal Service is losing millions a year to help you buy cheap stuff from China

TBS and Mark Burnett line up celebrity judges for “America’s Greatest Makers,” created with Intel | Turner

“Kit Biz Profit and Loss”

The 360 degree videos are coming

A Burning Man’s Will Chase moves to Maker Faire

“E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard”

“Eight Lessons From The Hoverboard Craze”

Amazon’s New Jets Are a Threat to FedEx and UPS

Mattel’s “ThingMaker” – a 3d printer for kids

Amazon may take on Alibaba?

“How Free Returns and Exchanges Are Affecting America’s Retailers”

Physical tutorials / video kiosks and more next to products in concept “store”

Temporary UPS depots

Exclusive interview with Fred Dart – CEO of FTDI @FTDIChip #FTDI @adafruit

The Essential Guide to Electronics in Shenzhen

Follow up – FTDI CEO, Fred Dart interview is coming

Latest FTDI drivers via Windows update cause issues with fake chips

Pressured by Amazon, more retailers rush for speedy deliveries

What happened to all the @quirky data from inventors?


These 7 Startups Are Poised to Become Unicorns in 2016

Why Kickstarter Projects Ship Slowly

Electric Imp shipped 500,000 units

Magazines are a tough biz

“Hardware Testing Guide for Mass Production”

“5 Venture-Capital Tips for Hardware Startups”

MAKE announces changes, plans and more for 2016 – Adds CMO / CCO …

Microchip Technology to Buy Atmel for Nearly $3.6 Billion @MicrochipTech @Atmel

“Content Marketing for People Who Hate Writing”

Dole’s container ships

ATMEL to be acquired by Microchip? is 1 of only 2 companies that can sell postage online

Intel acquires drone company – Ascending Technologies – light painting is the new “hello world” for drones

Lily the camera drone has $34 million in pre-orders (60,000 units)

Columbia House is BACK! Vinyl Subscription service

Segway has a robot you can ride …Advanced Personal Robot (video)

castAR: AR & VR system by Technical Illusions Kickstarter is going consumer product only (not developer)

“Ramsey Electronics shuts down it’s hobby kits division” #makerbusiness

Intel Completes Acquisition of Altera #makerbusiness



3D Systems exits the 3D printer consumer biz

When a Unicorn Start-Up Stumbles, Its Employees Get Hurt

Amazon Seeks to Ease Ties With UPS — “How do you make sure that you’re guarding against the potential outcome where your customers might increasingly become competitors?”

Oldie but goodie – “Ten Rules for Maker Businesses” by Wired’s Chris Anderson (now 3D robotics)

“Big Changes At Popular Science” #makerbusiness

We’re callin’ it – 2016 will be year of the Makers on Twitch

Bosch launches smart home subsidiary – wants Robert in your home

Atmel acquired by UK’s Dialog Semiconductor $4.6 billion deal “Internet of Things” is the play – what’s missing? and a twist!

Autodesk Creates $100 Million Fund for Internet-of-Things Startups

Four trends transforming IoT in 2016


“5 Cool Packaging Technologies of the Future”

The Content Marketing Handbook a 30,000+ word blog post about content marketing

“X Marks the Spot That Makes Online Ads So Maddening” – let’s together end the forced sign-up-for-newsletter

“‘Unboxing’ Videos a Gift to Marketers”

The next delivery battlefield – Drones, USPS Metro same day, crowd sourced delivery

“State of Hardware 2015”

“Why MakerBot and 3D Systems are Losing the Desktop 3D Market”

Bolt: “Kickstarter is Debt”

#GivingTuesday Social Media Phenomenon


Profile on iFixit (repair/takedowns and more)

“Finally — some data on whether crowdfunding is a good investment or not”

Thank you from Adafruit

From prototype to production of a 3D printer

@adafruit interviews the @microcenter CEO Rick Mershad ! (video)

Why big companies die #makerbusiness

Bolt’s – Hardware By The Numbers & haxlr8r “How do you build hardware startups in 2015”

How Brookstone Wants To Crowdfund A Comeback

The SEC rules to permit crowdfunding

Ignite has a new home – becomes a public benefit corporation

The cost of labor in China, up…

E-commerce platform vendor Shopify grows Q3 revenue 93%

Pimoroni plans to sell 4% of its business through equity crowdfunding

Kickstarter passes two billion dollars in pledges … & TechJect Robot Dragonfly

Startup Playbook – written by Sam Altman

“How Fraudulent Users Slip Under the Radar” and eBay “triangulation fraud”

USPS’ bizarre reason for denying insurance claim (don’t rely on USPS)

Google abandons plan for a retail store in New York City

Metrics metrics metrics!


The humble beginnings and ambitious future of 3d printing

“Going Back to the Garage – Hardware Renaissance Just Starting” – PDF

How MOO coupled product innovation with mass manufacturing

Western Digital to Buy SanDisk for $19 Billion

In conversation with PCH founder Liam Casey #makerbusiness

@Inventables: The Hardware Store for Designers $5m in funding, $10m so far…

Square “paid” Starbucks to use Square … and now that’s ending

“WeWork Used These Documents To Convince Investors It’s Worth Billions”

Update! MakerBot sends Adafruit comments “What is going on at MakerBot?”

What is going on at MakerBot ? Our take @makerbot @stratasys #makerbusiness

“Five Techniques I Learned from the Glowforge Launch” – An Open Letter from One Hardware CEO to Another

Microsoft and Google Call an End to Patent Battles

“A radical experiment at Zappos to end the office workplace as we know it”

The Curse of a New Building


Drops for Stuff: An Analysis of Reshipping Mule Scams

What’s the Future of Online Retail Delivery?

Open-source 3d printer maker Aleph Objects takes growth to third dimension

When hardware kickstarters actually ship

Quirky files for bankruptcy

Y Combinator Gets Hardcore About Hardware

Limor Fried of Adafruit talks about New York City’s upcoming MakeFaire – New York Business Journal

What did Billion Dollar Companies Look Like at the Series A?

Etsy is set to introduce Etsy Manufacturing

Adafruit’s Limor Fried Ushers In A Cool New Age for Hobby Electronics

Punk Rock ethics are good business

Will your hardware startup make money?

NYTimes says “The Internet of Way Too Many Things” – who wants to hear actors talk?

4 billion-dollar opportunities for hardware as a service #makerbusiness

The characteristics of a billion dollar consumer hardware startup

ThinkGeek is opening a retail store

How many Apple watches did Apple ship? #makerbusiness and a new wearable from ASUS

The Wharton Crowdfunding Study #makerbusiness

You Can’t Outsource Knowledge


How one small business makes electrical engineering easy

Drone makers getting a ton of funding #makerbusiness

littleBits in high end retail + “Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers” #makerbusiness

“50 Companies That May Be the Next Start-Up Unicorns” – 2 are hardware @RethinkRobotics @3drobotics #makerbusiness

Alibaba Profit Misses Expectations; $4 Billion Stock Buyback Is Planned #makerbusiness @alibabatalk