As the founder of Adafruit Industries, a New York City-based DIY open-source electronic hardware kit maker, Limor Fried finds herself among the rarified few female engineers who are also bonafide entrepreneurs. Last year, Adafruit, which helps people create complex devices using everyday technology, did a booming $10 million trade in sales of the DIY kits. In addition to a legion of do-it-yourselfers, along the way, Fried picked up another fan: Entrepreneur magazine which named her Entrepreneur of 2012.
Diana Ransom is the editor of YoungEntrepreneur.com, as well as a contributing editor at Entrepreneur.com and columnist for Entrepreneur’s Startups magazine. She's written about small businesses and startups for The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Daily News, SmartMoney.com and FastCompany magazine. Ransom lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.