The tools and tech I use to run a one-woman hardware company

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2024-02-13 11:30:01

Winterbloom is a boutique, open-source synthesizer company and it has exactly one engineer - me. I am responsible for everything - from the hardware design, to the firmware, to the documentation, and everything else! Because this is a ton of work I've had to be very deliberate with the tools and tech that I use.

This article is a look into our current tech stack one year in and some ideas I have for the future. I'll go from the microcontrollers, the firmware, and all the way up to user guide. I hope this is helpful, but if you want more details about something or if something doesn't make sense, feel free to reach out.

A one-woman company requires a far different approach than any sort of company with more than one engineer. As I go through this tech stack, remember that these choices and decisions are made with that context in mind- they probably won't hold up as well when taken out of that context!

The quote above is something that really resonates with my philosophy: I'm not trying to chase the state-of-the-art, I'm trying to use well-understood tools and technology to accomplish my goals. While I've used a relatively broad set of languages, tools, and frameworks throughout my career, with Winterbloom I try to leverage stuff that I feel "fluent" in as much as possible.

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