In 2003, CU student Nate Seidle blew a power supply in his dorm room and, in lieu of a way to order easy replacements, decided to start his own company. Since then, SparkFun has been committed to sustainably helping our world achieve electronics literacy from our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. No matter your vision, SparkFun's products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible. In addition to over 2,000 open source components and widgets, SparkFun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to help demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics. We're here to help you start something.
This is very simple: We believe in learning from each other and improving upon each other’s ideas to a better outcome. To make this happen, we need to share.
Read Nate’s blog on IP Obesity.
Our founder, Nathan Seidle, coined the term “IP obesity” to describe companies that rely heavily on their intellectual property (IP) rather than on innovation. IP and patents are antiquated -- they are expensive, slow and, in the end, someone will copy your idea anyway. We believe that being open source forces companies to innovate quickly, focuses resources in the right places, and better serves the end user with lower prices and higher quality. Exclusivity only works against us. This is why we release schematics and design files for all of our products, why we celebrate when someone builds on our plans, and why we work quickly to make advancements.
Watch SparkFun founder, Nathan Seidle (Nate), provide his insights on open-source hardware
SparkFun employees exist in the same group as our customers - we are curious students, engineers, prototypers and hobbyists who love to create. We are snowboarders and rock-climbers, painters and musicians, engineers and writers, but we all have one thing in common: We love electronics!
You can also find SparkFun on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr. If you’d like to come say hello in person, we give tours most Fridays at 3 p.m. Please see our tours page for all the details.
This is Glenn. He took the reins as CEO of SparkFun in August 2016, after Nate decided it was high time he got back to full-time tinkering at SparkFun. Prior to joining SparkFun, Glenn was Senior Director/General Manager of Global Business Development for Arrow Electronics.
To read more about Glenn, check out his full bio here.
Nathan Seidle is SparkFun’s founder and former CEO. Nathan founded SparkFun in 2003 when he was a junior in college, and the company has grown to be one of the leaders in the world of DIY electronics and open source technology.
To read more about Nathan, check out his full bio here.
We still maintain our normal local pickup procedures – the Emporium can only hold a small selection of our catalog. We recommend ordering online before coming in if you order is going to be large or include a variety of components (it takes us some time to get those orders ready). If you do arrive and need something not on the Emporium shelf, you can place a local pickup order right here, and we’ll have it up for you in ~10 minutes.
We give weekly tours on Fridays at our new building! The tours start at 3:00 p.m. at 6333 Dry Creek Parkway, Niwot, CO, 80503. Please wear closed-toed shoes, as the tour also covers our manufacturing area. There are also many dogs in our building, so if any of your party are allergic, please have them take any medication 30 minutes before arriving.
SparkFun also has an on-site beehive. The hive is located at the northwest side of our parking lot, far away from visitor parking. The tour does not go near the hive and our bees are generally especially mild-mannered, but it’s probably best to bring your EpiPen if you have a bee allergy. Thank you for your cooperation, and we’ll see you soon!
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We look forward to seeing you!.
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
Tours: Friday, 3:00 pm MST
6333 Dry Creek Parkway, Niwot, CO, 80503
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CEO: Glenn Samala
Location: 6333 Dry Creek Parkway, Niwot, CO 80503
With a crew, mission, customer base and culture as unusual and passionate as ours, sometimes people want to write about us. We love it when that happens. Not only are we flattered, we’re also happy to help spread the word about the things we love: electronics, open source, education, geeks, dogs and beer. We work hard to stay good at what we do, and to keep our incredible customers as happy and excited about the world of embedded electronics as we are – that’s why we’re here! We try to keep the community informed about our goings-on through our blog, social media, press releases, and both local and national media. For further press inquiries please email Megan Arnold and we’ll be happy to talk your ear off about what SparkFun is about and why we love it here, and tell you about some of the amazing things our customers are doing!