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Mark Lanctot
2006-12-19, 09:46
I just checked out the wikipedia entry for Slim Devices:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slim_Devices

There's an interesting tidbit at the end:


Slim Devices was featured in the December 2006 issue of Fast Company magazine. The article focused on the company's unique business model and profiled the three key leaders; Sean Adams (CEO), Dean Blackketter (CTO), and Patrick Cosson (VP of Marketing).

Anyone see this article? It's obviously pretty recent.

EFP
2006-12-19, 10:41
http://slimdevices.com/au_news.html

listed a week ago

Mark Lanctot
2006-12-19, 11:32
Very interesting article.

A couple of cool points:


Slim Devices will bring in around $10 million in revenue this year.


Its fans include music stars Herbie Hancock and Alanis Morissette.

?


And its latest product, released last September, the higher-end $2,000 Transporter, has reaped three times the expected orders.

I know it's been a success, I didn't realize how much of a success.

This very forum is prominently featured as are some of the contributors - Adrian Smith (what's his forum name?), Felix Mueller, Andrew L. Weekes, kdf. There's also a warning or two about how the forum is going...

stinkingpig
2006-12-19, 11:40
adrian smith is triode.

mherger
2006-12-19, 11:43
> - Adrian Smith (what's his forum name?)

I know him, I know him! He's done a _lot_ to improve my MusicInfoSCR ;-)

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Nostromo
2007-02-25, 15:52
I agree, very nice article.

They claim that enthusiasts who are not Slim Devices employees also contributed to the design of the hardware. And the only example they have is that guy who helped improve the firmware. I'm not even sure this example supports their claim. Any other example you can think of?

I would like very much to contribute. Unfortunately, I don't know beans about programming. I made some programs in Basic when I was a kid, that's all. I could maybe translate Slim Server in French if Logitech decides to support multiple languages. I have some experience. I translated a book from English to French.

ModelCitizen
2007-02-25, 16:29
They claim that enthusiasts who are not Slim Devices employees also contributed to the design of the hardware. And the only example they have is that guy who helped improve the firmware.

Richard Titmuss (of SoftSqueeze fame) helped with the firmware I believe. Andrew L. Weekes helped design the Transporter PSU. I'm pretty certain there were others whose ideas were incorporated in to the Transporter (see forum). Someone is reponsible for all those bloody buttons and the knob (wait till I get my hands on them!).

I'm very glad they've sold more Transporters than they thought they would. I felt that Sean might have gone out on a limb to make the Transporter and it was lovely to see his enthusiasm with making the cicuitry and signal path as pure as he could. He/they deserve the sales.
Hopefully it'll mean it'll continue to be supported too!

MC

ModelCitizen
2007-02-25, 16:43
From said article:

"says KDF (for Google protection), who makes his living as a hardware designer for a printer manufacturer near Vancouver, British Columbia. For several years, he has often spent his lunch break working on software for Slim."

Just how long is his lunch break?
MC

kdf
2007-02-25, 17:04
On 25-Feb-07, at 3:43 PM, ModelCitizen wrote:
>
> Just how long is his lunch break?
>
yeah...beauty of editing for brevity :)

It is amazing how much of a day you spend killing time when you are
stuck generating 3D models of circuit boards for documentation. Other
than that, it doesn't really take much time to send a few emails and
run the server during the day. If I'm listening to music, there's
nothing stopping me from running a patched server to see if things work
right. Of course, what happens when it doesn't, is that I can't help
but "just change one little thing" and before I know it, no time to hit
the lunch room :(. I prefer snacking anyway. Some play foosball, I
play perl. I know...sad, really.

-k

cliveb
2007-02-26, 01:52
Just read the Fast Company article - very interesting.

The one point that really surprised me - and I apologise for being a bit ageist here - is how young Sean Adams is. Maybe I've been living on Mars, but I had no idea he is only 27. What he's achieved (product-wise) and the extremely mature attitude he exhibits on these forums made me assume he must be in his forties or thereabouts. Truly a very wise head on young shoulders. I take my hat off to you, Sean.

mherger
2007-02-26, 02:10
> What he's achieved (product-wise)
> and the extremely mature attitude he exhibits on these forums made me
> assume he must be in his forties or thereabouts.

Same here - I imagined him gray-heared wearing a beard (I'm sorry, Sean
:-))

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Skunk
2007-02-26, 05:25
Someone is reponsible for all those bloody buttons and the knob (wait till I get my hands on them!).


Here's your answer*, but I can never tell when Pat is being facetious.

I knew sean was <30, but didn't realize he isn't an engineer (as of 2004 according to the EE Times link). The quest for knowledge and invention is something school represses anyway, IMHO.

* http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/111/ears-wide-open-sidebar.html

Mark Lanctot
2007-02-26, 07:16
Someone is reponsible for all those bloody buttons and the knob (wait till I get my hands on them!).

This was actually a user request - I can remember more than one forum member saying how it would be nice to have external controls on the next-generation SB.

In regards to the knob, this is clearly due to the overwhemling love of the Audiotron knob, again expressed very frequently in the forums.

So - watch out what you wish for, it might come true. Even though Slim/Logitech hardly ever responds to "what I'd like to see in the SB4" threads, they are clearly reading them. Makes me kind of nervous as the most frequent requests lately are for USB ports, SS-on-an-SB and video out...

Oh and in regards to Sean's age...he's younger than my little brother! :-) Although my little brother now has a son of his own though.