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Erik Kettenburg


As a boy, Erik Kettenburg taught himself electronics and programming. His natural curiosity for hardware electronics has led him to build some impressive projects, even at a young age.

His recent Kickstarter project, the Digispark, was a big hit for providing a cheap, easily embeddable Arduino-compatible board for hackers and hobbyists. What started out as a way to scratch a personal itch turned into a wildly successful project. Erik continues to contribute to the open-hardware community through his website and online store at


Ready to start a business? Hear the story of lessons learned by one inventor's kickstarter project to help you decide if you want to try your hand at making a living as a Maker, and what you need to be prepared for if you do.