Building an Open Business

Business Leadership Day
Location: F 151 Level: Novice
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SparkFun Electronics is a rapidly growing provider of electronic components and assemblies that has prospered from a dorm room to a $25MM company with no outside investment. An early reliance on open source technologies enabled this growth and has now developed into an undercurrent that permeates the culture.

Now, with an infrastructure rich in open source technology and a custom-built ERP system being gradually pushed public, SparkFun is facing the challenge of pushing further into open source technology while mitigating risk and pressing innovation.

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Christopher Clark

SparkFun Electronics Inc.

I began as the sole IT professional at SparkFun Electronics when it was very small and now manage a diversified staff of fourtteen. During the past several years my responsibilities have grown from initially developing our internal ERP system to overseeing the rapid scaling of our growing business in all aspects information technology.

My degree is in mathematics and I’ve spent time as an image processor for the Cassini mission to Saturn as well as phlebotomist and camp counselor. When not hard at work I’m somewhere in the Colorado mountains, snow or shine, partaking in nature’s beauty.


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