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Build It. Share It. Profit. Can Open Source Hardware Work?
"50,000 Arduino units have been sold worldwide since mass production began two years ago. Those are small numbers by Intel standards but large for a startup outfit in a highly specialized market. What's really remarkable, though, is Arduino's business model: The team has created a company based on giving everything away. On its Web site, it posts all its trade secrets for anyone to take—all the schematics, design files, and software for the Arduino board. Download them and you can manufacture an Arduino yourself; there are no patents. You can send the plans off to a Chinese factory, mass-produce the circuit boards, and sell them yourself — pocketing the profit without paying Banzi a penny in royalties. He won't sue you. Actually, he's sort of hoping you'll do it."
arduino  opensource  clivethompson  entrepreneurship  hardware  technology  diy  openhardware  microcontrollers  electronics  adafruit  wrt54g 
october 2008 by robertogreco

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