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#441 – Motivational Speaker


  • KiCon is over! The only thing that really went wrong is Chris lost his wallet briefly.
  • Former guest Chris Anderson (@Chr1sa on twitter) is no longer going to TED conferences
  • Matt Foley motivational speaker
  • Simone Giertz is our only past guest who has given a full TED talk (?)
  • Derek Kozel
  • Dave “threw a grenade”
  • PCB wars
  • Dave made two predictions
    • Displace the low end tools
    • There will be a commercial venture supporting KiCad at some point
  • We discussed something similar in episode 188
  • KiCon Developer panel
  • Chris stood up a site for Reality Instruments, which is for add-ons for the Valve Index
  • Open source hardware
  • Names matter, don’t lock yourself in
  • Trademarks and brands
  • Tim Poole of Subverse
  • Anki shuts down, lays off staff
  • They had just done a new Kickstarter project
  • Boston Dynamics’ Spot Mini showcased during a Tech Crunch event
  • James Bruton
  • Silicon Valley is a documentary
  • The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley (documenatry about Elizabeth Holmes / Theranos)
  • Mousr
  • Brian Benchoff posts about the cost realities of low volume production
  • A twitter thread about #badgelife and getting started with electronics
Image from the SNL Sketch “Motivational Speaker”


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 2019-05-06  1h6m