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Million dollar baby

Businesses designing and selling open source hardware, making millions

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The designer will:

• Provide design files (in the preferred format for making


modifications to them).

• Allow the modification and redistribution of the design files.

• Allow the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of devices


from the design files or modifications of the design files.

• Publish documentation and/or any software it has developed


that is essential to the proper functioning of the device.

Source: OSHW definition v 0.2 4/30/2010

Make:
The designer may require
others to:
• Provide attribution when distributing design files based on the
original designer's.

• Provide attribution when manufacturing devices based on the


original designer's design files or derivatives thereof.

• Release as open-source hardware devices based on the


original designer's design files or derivatives thereof.

Source: OSHW definition v 0.2 4/30/2010

Make:
Manufacturers of a derivate
device must not:
• Imply that the device is manufactured, tested, warrantied,
guaranteed, or otherwise sanctioned by the original designer.

• Make use of any trademarks owned by the original designer


without explicit permission .

Source: OSHW definition v 0.2 4/30/2010

Make:
Open source
hardware projects:
Total projects

400

300

200

100

0
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 est. 2011 est.

Source: OSHW annual - Torrone, MAKE magazine


Make:
Where’s the party at

Approaching $1m Over +$1m Over +$10m

Make:
Adafruit
Industries
New York, NY

Educational electronics,
Arduino products, tutorials
& culture jamming

Over one+ million in revenue

Make:
Arduino

Italy, worldwide

Open source physical


computing platform. Open
dev, documentation, ADC,
I/O. Over 150,000 sold

Over one+ million in revenue

Make:
BeagleBoard

Worldwide

Low cost fan-less,


computer board.
Expandable, 3rd party
manufactures, Digikey,
Mouser TI

Over one million in revenue

Slide added post - presentation 5/2/2010 Make:


Bug
Labs
New York, NY

“LEGO” computers. Plug


and play, modular system
for building devices, rapid
prototyping, VC funded

Approaching one million


in revenue, est. 2010
Make:
Chumby

San Diego, CA

Open source ambient


computer. Web connected,
licensing to 3rd parties.
Chumby patent, VC funded

Over one+ million in revenue

Make:
Dangerous
Prototypes
Netherlands

Open source reverse


engineering tool, new to
OSH, started as a
community project on
Hack-a-day
Approaching one million
in revenue, est. 2010 - 2011
Make:
DIY
Drones
San Francisco, CA

Open source micro-sized


civil UAVs for aerial
mapping and education.
Community driven, project
co-founder EIC Wired
Approaching one million
in revenue, est. 2010
Make:
Evil Mad
Scientist Labs
Oakland, CA

Open source educational


projects. Craft and hack,
hardcore OSH. Fully OSS
tool chain. Fun projects

Approaching one million


in revenue, est. 2010
Make:
Liquidware

Canton, MA

Arduino accessories,
contracting, sensors,
prototyping, banking,
odd stuff, grant funded

Over one+ million in revenue

Make:
MakerBot
Industries
Brooklyn, NY

Open source 3D printer kit.


Based on RepRap.
Companion 3D repository
“Thingaverse”, funded

Over one million in revenue

Make:
Maker
Shed
Sebastopol, CA

Bring making things to pop


culture, Make magazine, TV
show, Maker Faire - gift
shop is the Maker Shed

Over one+ million in revenue

Make:
Parallax

Rocklin, CA

Kit heritage (BASIC stamp,


PIC). Robotics, education,
tutorials, “New” entry in
OSH

Over one+ million in revenue

Make:
Seeed
Studios
Shenzhen, China

Arduino derivatives, break


out boards, sensors, rapid
manufacturing & proximity
to supply chains

Over one million in revenue


Slide added post - presentation 5/2/2010

Make:
Solarbotics

Calgary, Canada

Educational electronics,
robot kits, BEAM robotics,
solar kits, OSH - Arduino
related

Over one+ million in revenue

Make:
SparkFun
Electronics
Boulder, CO

Educational electronics,
break out boards, large
selection, BatchPCB, rapid
manufacturing

Over TEN million in revenue

Make:
The numbers
the future

• These are just 13 companies representing approx. $50 million

• There are currently about 200 OSHW projects, 300+ in 2011

• Most of the $1m+ companies are rapidly approaching $5m

• Many of the companies not listed (dozens) will be +$1m

• By 2015 OSHW will (likely) be a +$1B collective

Make: