Learner

Member Since: October 20, 2011

Country: United States

  • As an Intel engineer in the 1980s and 90s, I had the jarring experience of observing SV entrepreneurial culture at first hand. I formed the impression that it was largely frat-boy culture, devoid of intellectual rigor. Instead, it was reliant upon the flim-flam of slick power point presentations by tall, glib, good-looking white males whose rosy business plans were based on dozens of unknowable embedded assumptions. In 2017, SV entrepreneurial culture remains essentially unchanged, except that the males are drawn from around the world. In contrast, I applaud what Sparkfun has done. Hats off to Nate and his entire group of employees.

  • McGuckin is a treasure. I know of no other store that carries such an encyclopedic inventory of hardware. There is tremendous value to the entrepreneur or scientist or home owner in being able to roam what is essentially a vast well-curated selection of hardware, and see and touch that inventory. I visit Boulder at least yearly, and typically spend 3 hours each trip at McGuckin roaming and thinking and buying. The experience is similar to what it was like visiting Fry’s Electronics in Silcon Valley in the 1980s and 1990s, or, today, visiting, Powell’s Book Store in Portland. The sales clerk are extremely knowledgeable and personable. McGuckin is the heart of Boulder.

  • This is undoubtedly one of the worst microcontrollers ever to be sold by Sparkfun. Perhaps not Sparkfun’s fault: simple negligence when there are too many Arduinos to track the actual performance and function of any one? Recommendations: (1) customer? read the initial set of comments in this forum and run for the hills; and (2) Sparkfun? stop selling this lemon. Stinks like a GM Vega or Ford Pinto.

No public wish lists :(