IamA founder of Tindie, "Etsy for Tech". Started on /r/Arduino, team of 5, just finished fundraising (pitching 50+ investors), and have now closed $1m+ in funding. This is a follow up to last year's AMA, for anyone interested in startups/tech/Sili...
My short bio:
About this time last year, Tindie was a few months old. I quit my job, incorporated the business around the site (which was meant to be a hobby), and had just brought on our first hire. The AMA I did then was really popular with great questions, so I figured I'd do a followup since a lot has changed!
What is Tindie?:
We are building a marketplace for indie hardware companies - from Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, drones, you name it!
- 7,000+ orders
- 1,499 products for sale
- 300+ independent hardware stores sell through Tindie
- Distributed team of 5 (in Silicon Valley & Canada)
- Customers in 60+ countries including hobbyists, universities, Fortune 500 companies, and gov't agencies
- Raised over $1m+ in funding
- Worked at startups throughout the valley for last 5+ years before founding Tindie
- Started in sales, turned self taught engineer, turned CEO
- Took a year off to teach myself Python before becoming a developer advocate then web engineer
- Started tinkering with Arduino
- Asked this question in /r/Arduino and the rest is history
Job If you are a great Frontend Engineer/Designer, PM me with your portfolio!
The End Thanks everyone! After 9 hrs, I'm calling it a day. I'll check tomorrow for more questions. If you have any questions, you can find us: @tindie.
Emile, Founder of Tindie