The skilled professional is often also a skilled amateurEben Upton remembers that around 6 years ago, before he’d sold a million Raspberry Pi boards, his clientele was almost entirely composed of amateurs, mostly adult hobbyists. In fact, a lot of them were also professional engineers. These users, convinced by their personal experiences of the power and stability of the RPi as a stable IT platform, quickly also adopted it in their professional lives.
This is nothing extraordinary, says Eben Upton, a good player. “Arduino did this long before we did.” The history of technology offers many examples where known proven ideas were found in family life before being transposed to the professional domain.
The porosity of the border between private and professional life is never so fruitful as when professional activities correspond to the deep aspirations of individuals.
Children are some of the most demanding consumersEben Upton explains: “If you can make a device that will withstand a child’s bedroom, it will certainly withstand a factory! When those who have bought their first RPi for their own edification, at home, then take it into their professional lives, they have to explain to their colleagues that this board, seen as a toy, is more reliable than a lot of devices that claim to be industrial.”
You can see Eben Upton in the video below. He replies, amongst other questions, to a wish-list expressed by the French and Dutch editors of MagPi, the official magazine of the Raspberry Pi published in by Elektor.