What is SparkFun?

SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. No matter what your vision is, our products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. In addition to products, SparkFun, through our Department of Education, offers classes and online tutorials designed to help educate individuals in the wonderful world of embedded electronics. Our ever-growing product catalog boasts over 3,500 components and widgets designed to help you unleash your inner inventor.

SparkFun and Open Source


SparkFun is a firm believer in the ideology of open source technology. We believe an open market is a healthy market and we open source all of our product designs. SparkFun subscribes to the belief that open source tech encourages innovation and creativity, while helping empower individuals to build the projects they want.

SparkFun CEO Nathan Seidle recently presented at TEDx Boulder about the power of open source and how it has helped SparkFun succeed.

You can read more about Nate’s presentation and SparkFun’s open source philosophy here. You can also check out Chris Clark’s (SparkFun Director of IT) article “How SparkFun Built Their Open Hardware Business.”


Who Are We?

SparkFun employees exist in the same group as our customers - 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!

To find out some specifics about the SparkFun employees, you can find an incomplete list of current employees here. You can also find SparkFun on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Vimeo. If you’d like to come say hello in person, we run SparkFun tours on Fridays at 3 p.m.. Please call ahead at least 24 hours in advance to let us know you are coming!

Meet Nathan Seidle

Nathan Seidle is SparkFun’s Founder and CEO. Nathan founded SparkFun 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 a brief biography here.


Behind-the-Scenes

At SparkFun, we are proud of our geeky culture and love to share it. Check out this section for some behinds-the-scenes footage of all things SparkFun.

Tours

If you ever find yourself in Boulder and want a tour - we love visitors! SparkFun scheduled tours run Fridays at 3 PM, and please call ahead 24 hours in advance so we know you’re coming!

SparkFun Videos

To check out videos of SparkFun products, projects and behind-the-scenes action, check out our video page.

SparkFun Photos

To see some photos from SparkFun events, classes, customer features, and more, visit the SparkFun Flickr page.


Events

Part of our mission at SparkFun is to try to reach as many different people as possible to show everyone how fun, relevant and accessible the world of embedded electronics is. This level of outreach means we travel a lot, as well as host a number of events at our headquarters. We participate in Maker Faires, symposiums and conferences; hold classes on e-textiles, prototyping and microcontrollers; host a cutthroat annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and even hop in an RV to travel the country teaching programming to anyone who will listen. We’d love to hear about other events or opportunities to get involved in the community – if you’ve got ideas, we’re listening! Feel free to email us at marketing@sparkfun.com or education@sparkfun.com with any events!

To see upcoming SparkFun events, check out this page.


Graphics Downloads

Graphics: SparkFun has amassed quite a collection nifty graphics; we’ve got logos, slogans, evil scientists, Pete, highly-educated cephalopods and more. If you’d like to use any of them for your own personal, non-commercial use, feel free! However, if you’re interested in using any of our graphics or photos in a commercial setting, please chat with us first at marketing@sparkfun.com.

If you have a cool photo or graphic you want to share, feel free to email it to us at the above address or add it to the SparkFun Flickr account!

Photos: Please feel free to use our product photos in your project documentation or reports. If you would like to use a photo for a commercial venture, please contact us first at marketing@sparkfun.com. You can also find SparkFun photos on our Flickr page.

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Press & Media Relations

SparkFun Company Profile:

Founded: 2003

CEO: Nathan Seidle

Location: 6175 Longbow Dr., Boulder, CO 80301

Employees: 130+

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 marketing@sparkfun.com 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!

For copies of SparkFun Press Releases, please visit the following pages:

2009 Press Releases

2010 Press Releases

2011 Press Releases

2012 Press Releases