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- Chris has decided to once again hang his shingle and do design consulting via his company, Analog Life, LLC
- This is after a year at Hologram, who have changed directions on hardware, leading Chris to look for design opportunities elsewhere.
- Art installation
- Dave doesn’t like consulting
- Startups offering equity
- “Proof of blink”
- Things to do when you’re stressed:
- Write about how you’re feeling
- Talk to (your significant other)
- Learn something new
- Publish something
- Go for a walk
- Go through your contacts, reach out to people you haven’t talked to in a while
- Read a book
- Ponder the nature of the universe and how massive it is and how not much really matters after all
- Think of ways to make a difference
- Mentor younger engineers
- Ask for advice from more experienced folks
- Answer forum posts
- Listen to music
- Play some music
- Post a funny tweet about electronics
- Post a business idea to Twitter
- Do a live stream
- Create a silly piece of PCB art
- Ask Twitter what they want to learn right now
- Plan a training course
- Listen to an off topic podcast or audiobook (fiction)
- Do some pushups!
- Drink a biiiiiig glass of water
- Magic smoke escape tag
- 110 GHz scope from Keysight
- Shahriar visited the LeCroy factory to look at a previously “fastest scope” front runner (100 GHz)
- Forum post about the inside of the scope
- Dave is doing another meetup Weds Sept 5th
- IMTS is coming up in Chicago. Chris will be doing a meetup with the folks from Bolt and there is a meetup at mHUB with former guest John Saunders.
- Dave did a Live Stream trying out KiCad again
- Dave is looking at a learning system using KiCad
- Olimex does high end SBC boards using KiCad
- Eagle moving upmarket
- Altium Nexus
- Traps in chips (EEVBlog #1115) showcases why it’s important to read the datasheets
- Bunnie’s talk at ToorCamp
- Finding bugs in datasheets
- Goodfear badge
- Leaded Zeppelin (see below)
- Chris just put in a talk for Supercon. You should too!
Thanks to Tomás J. Sepúlveda for the picture of the blink man
That was a great episode, Dave should get on more again
Git an interview with Jeri without tellin’ Dave
Maybe do the Ben interview first though …
404 very auspicious
Nathan Campos says
I think it would be very nice to hear from some guests about consulting and all that. A lot of people like us are getting into consulting and would benefit from the experience of others.
Low Voltage Labs (@LowVoltageLabs) says
Chris, Congrats on entering the consulting world. (I think again?)
For anyone looking to go freelance or looking for side work, here are some suggestions on places to look:
– Contract Manufacturers: Many times CMs have customers that need something re-designed because a part has gone obsolete or the design needs a refresh. Companies often like just paying one bill so I have in the past worked through a CM as a contractor to help their customers.
– Distributor sales people and FAEs: These people are talking to companies every day and often get asked if they know any contractors. Or sometimes if they are trying to sell a particular part will recommend a contractor that has used the part before. Just be ready to return the favor and use that distributor when it comes to registering and buying parts.
– Cold calling old contacts: This is one of the hardest for me, but is well worth while doing. Check in with people you’ve worked with in the past. Often times they need help and they know you and how you work so it makes getting started easier.
– How about the internet? Like many things in life finding consulting work seems to come down to who you know. In the past I’ve had a website advertising my work, posted to job sites, bid on projects online, etc. But over the years more than 95% of the work I’ve gotten has been from personal contacts.
Best of luck!