Nov 28th Meeting | Nathan Seidle, Owner & CEO of SparkFun

It feels like forever since we met last and the excitement has been building for our November meeting. Our guest, Nathan Seidle, is the founder and CEO of SparkFun, an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make any electronic projects possible.

When: Wed. Nov. 28th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Wolf Law Room 301

BIO: When Nate first started SparkFun, he was a junior in college, studying engineering, and was frustrated by how difficult it was to get his hands on the electronic parts he needed. Nate hoped for a website where he could easily find parts, where he could see clear pictures of what he was buying, and where he didn’t have to scour for hours to find data sheets and documentation – but that website didn’t exist. So he started SparkFun.

His goal was to make electronics easily accessible to the average person because, to put it simply, he thinks this stuff is awesome. Nine years after starting SparkFun, Nate still loves settling in with his soldering iron and creating a new project – and that’s what it’s all about. Creating, inventing and sharing ingenuity.

Meeting Followup:

Big thanks to Nathan for coming. I’ve included a PDF of his slides below. His thoughts were some of the best I’ve heard at StartupCU. Way glad I came. :) However, we had a small showing this time. Only 20 people made it. The good news is, these are the 20 most passionate club members and I’m way excited to see them every month.

I’d really like to see about 40 to 50. I’m sure Nathan didn’t mind the small crowd, but it doesn’t send the right message to our guests when so few people come. After the meeting we talked about ways to increase attendance. Some ideas are holding future meetings in the UMC and analyzing our club messaging. Please share any thoughts you may have.

Nathan’s slides: Nathan Seidle – CEO of SparkFun