First order of business is to remind everyone that SparkFun offices will be closed on Friday, January 1st, 2010 for New Year's Day. Orders will not be available for pick-up and we won't be shipping anything out. As usual, you can still place orders online!
Now for the fun stuff. It seems that every year goes more quickly than the previous one and 2009 was no different. We're currently sitting in the final few days of December and 2010 is staring right at us. Unbelievable.
2009 was a great year for SparkFun and as it draws to a close, we want to get a little introspective with the 2009 SparkFun "Year in Review - By the Numbers."
8 - the number of floors of geeky goodness in the first electronic vendor building Nate visited in
Shenzhen, China. Back in February, Nate went on a bit of a "Tour de Geek" in the 'motherland of
electronics.' He met with vendors, toured factories, and saw tons of electronic bits and pieces to inspire him!
100,000 - the number of total orders SparkFun had received from its opening to February 17th, 2009. The even crazier thing? We are now nearing order number 200,000.
1 - The number of vehicles that made it into the creek during the first annual SparkFun Autonomous Vehicle Competition. This competition was our first crack at an event like this and it went great! We are looking forward to next year's competition already!
400 - about the number of people who attended our soldering workshops at Maker Fair - San Mateo! We brought a crew of 14 people along and they guided people as they soldered the ClockIt and the MetroGnome kits!
2 - The number of Mbps (synchronous) our new internet supplement gave us. As our company continues to grow to meet our customers' needs, we needed more bandwidth! A lot of us stream music at our desks, and we wanted to continue doing so! SkyBeam came to the rescue so Pandora wouldn't cause our computers to slow down to a snail's pace. Recently we upgraded even more to a 10 Mbps synchronous from Forethought - our internet is smokin' fast!
471 - The number of new products we posted in 2009. Wow. This is up from 390 in 2008. What cool new gadgets will 2010 bring? We can't wait to find out.
4 - The number of ad photoshoots the SparkFun MarComm team shot during the 2009 year. They took trips to Moab,UT, Las Vegas, NV, Buffalo, NY, and had one right here in Boulder, CO. Look for these ads in MAKE Magazine, Servo, Circuit Cellar, Elektor, or Nuts and Volts.
73 - The current number of SparkFun employees (as I'm writing this...who knows what it will be by the end of the week). We started 2009 with 50 employees. Pretty amazing!
419 - the number of comments on the "SparkFun Gets a Cease and Desist Letter" newspost - a SparkFun record! Back in October, SparkFun got a C&D letter from SPARC International for the use of the word "spark." I'd get into the details, but my head might explode. Read all about it here - and feel free to leave a comment or two!
1,806 - the number of Facebook "fans" SparkFun's page has. We just created this Facebook page a few months ago and have been amazed by the number of fans, comments, and general activity we've received. It's been a great way to keep in touch with our customers.
30 - Approximately the number of feet our new sign is off the ground. We are currently subleasing our space from Polycom, and though they are completely moved out, their sign is still in front of the building until we take over the lease completely. Hopefully this new sign will get rid of at least some of the confusion!
Well, there you have it - 2009 at SparkFun in a nutshell! Thanks again for a wonderful year and we can't wait to see what 2010 will bring us! Happy New Year to all of the SparkFun Community!