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  • Lessons Learned
  • Dont make somethingyou dont use yourself
  • Know who youre making it for
  • Know what you want out of it
  • Make projects,not platforms
  • Respect the intelligence of the beginner
  • Experts are not the bestadvisors when you want to make tools for beginners
  • Good hardware, goodsoftware, good explanationand generous users make a great project
  • Document what you make
  • Change is painful
  • Expect resistance
  • ...and conspiracy theories...
  • Never ascribe to malicewhat can be explained with stupidity.
  • If nobody complainsyou’re doing something wrong
  • Including people is hard (but necessary)
  • If you are five people inthree different countries, you are a multinational company
  • If youre not prepared for someone else to adapt your work, dont share it online
  • If youre not prepared for someone else to improve your work, dont share it online
  • If youre not prepared for someone else to clone your work, dont share it online
  • If youre not prepared for someone else to trash your work, dont share it online
  • Organizing a startup is alot harder once the idea has traction
  • You cant run a startup part-time
  • Mistakes will getinstitutionalized
  • Pick your name carefully
  • *duino is not creative
  • Especially if your boardis not even compatible
  • Register every domain that you can
  • Hire a lawyer, you don’tknow why but she does
  • Be careful whensomebody is just too eager to help you
  • Even your friends might become a competitor
  • It’s good to be friends, better if it’s in writing
  • Open source software doesnt necessarily translate into a business model...
  • Open source hardware has to.
  • If a defective boardmakes it through QA...
  • ...it will be delivered to the most vocal customer...
  • ...who will publishelectron microscope pictures of it...
  • ...pointing at every atom that is out of place...
  • ...Twittering that everyboard you ever made is seriously flawed...
  • ..whose follower will robotically RT and in 8hours someone will declare your company doomed.
  • Your most importantcustomers are not the most vocal ones
  • You might need to travelthe world to meet them
  • but, most of all
  • Don’t let the fact thatyou don’t know whatyou’re doing stop you