When Arduino was first formed in 2005; the goal was to give students and hobbyists an easy way to prototype electronic devices. Since then; however, the company’s boards have featured inside increasingly complex systems and software has become a larger and larger part of its business. Now, Arduino is making a drive towards the enterprise production environment; beyond the prototyping phase, and to find out more; we spoke to Fabio Violante, CEO at Arduino; who talked us through product strategy, his overarching vision for the company; and how it will invest its latest $32 million cash injection.
How would you describe Arduino to someone unfamiliar with the project?
Arduino was born at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as an easy-to-use tool for fast prototyping; aimed at students without a background in electronics and programming. The aim was, and still is, to make technology accessible and easy to use for everyone. We have always been focused on universal innovation, actively building a company that solves real problems and has a positive impact on the world.
Over the years, Arduino expanded to offer tools for education and professionals. In the past decade and a half, Arduino has been an integral part of STEM / STEAM programs all around the world. There is an entire generation who grew up learning about technology through our boards and software. Now, that generation is entering the workforce and they’re changing how engineering departments work. They want the flexibility, speed and ease they know from Arduino, and we are lining up new products and services to deliver that for them.