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Show Notes 95: Celebrating Raspberry Pi with Eben Upton




To celebrate their recent IPO, this week we revisit our interview with Eben Upton of Raspberry Pi from 2022.


Tune in to hear about:


  • Eben’s route to Raspberry Pi

  • Celebrating the people that have been part of the journey

  • Doing business in the pub (a very Cambridge thing)

  • From managing a supply chain (please remember numbers and comments are from 2022), to moving into retail

  • The weird and wonderful uses of a Raspberry Pi (and a challenge for someone to achieve Eben’s desire to get a Pi beyond low earth orbit?

  • Stories of breaking websites and thoughts on office-based working


And of course, floating the company, on which Eben recently said:


“Nearly sixteen years ago, in the autumn of 2008, a handful of us set off on this journey together. We were driven by a shared realisation that something had gone badly wrong in young people’s interaction with technology; a shared conviction that we should do something about it; and the beginnings of a shared idea of what that something might be.


In the years since, we’ve accomplished amazing things, as a company, as a Foundation, and as a broader movement. We’ve designed PCBs; written software; taped out chips; published magazines; filed patents; trained teachers; run after-school clubs; and seen our products taken to space, to the bottom of the ocean, and to the ends of the earth.


We’ve sold over sixty million low-cost, high-performance, general-purpose Raspberry Pi computers to the enthusiasts and educators who remain at the heart of the Raspberry Pi movement, and to the industrial and embedded customers who today account for over two-thirds of our sales.


And thanks to the availability and salience of those computers, and to the curriculum reform and teacher training initiatives championed by the Foundation, we have seen a resurgence in interest in computing among young people.


In sixteen years, Computer Science has gone from being the easiest subject to get into at Cambridge to the hardest, a change that has been reflected across the UK higher education sector and beyond. We have engineers working for us today who got their first experience of computing on a Raspberry Pi platform.”



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