Bill Gates and my realationship.

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I have been walking besides Bill Gates since before the personal computer entered the scene and the richer he got the poorer I got. I have drunk a beer with Mr Balmer but never meet Bill personally even if we been in the same room many times in the past.  Anyway we are linked. He in the big and I in the small.

I think he has done good. Not just the money. I once talked to a programmer in one of Microsofts teams and he told me Bill occasionally personally contacted him  with insightful technical questions. That is a hard thing to do and to keep up the technical knowledge when you also run a big company on a daily basis.

Now he does even better with Melindas and his foundation. Hats off for you Bill from a poor programmer to a richer programmer. Respects from a Linux user! 😉

TED talk with Bill and Melinda

Time to invest

As most small companies we have a few choices when it comes to producing our products.

1.)  We can solder and mount components in-house.  This is time consuming as the pick-and-place step takes time but with a solder paste stencil and a reflow oven it is workable. We can do series of up  to 100 boards this way.  We usually have  six boards on a panel like this.

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2.) We can produce and mount the boards in China. For a card like the one above we pay $1-2 for mounting so this service has a nice price.  With small series we have to pay a higher BOM cost then we do when me mount them ourselves as we then can buy more components as many of them are the same over several boards.  The big drawback is that we tie up money on boards that sit on the shelf.

3.) The possibility to buy your own production equipment has been far away for small companies for a long time.  Stencil printers and reflow ovens, as the one we have today is available since some time  but now also a pick an place machine is available at a good price. It is this one

IoT, M2M and VSCP talk from Grodans Paradis AB

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