Ian's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Boulder, CO

IAN BERNSTEIN

Co-founder / Chief Technology Officer
Sphero

“There’ve been a lot of times when I’m struggling and all my credit cards have been filled up, but luckily it’s all worked out. Just know when to keep going, but know when to quit as well.”

INTERESTS:

Engineering Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Exploration Passion Risk Hobbies & Pastimes Individualism Honesty Perseverance Dedication Hard Work Planning Struggle Doubt Talent

FOUNDATION:

Building Things

TAGS:

building things, choice, coding, combining interests, computer science, decisions, electrical engineering, excitement, fun, ideas, interest, learning, math, paths, possibilities, quitting, robotics, space, trying new things, web design

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Since he was a child, he always liked to take things apart, especially electronics, like cameras.
  • Majored in electrical engineering and computer science in college.
  • One day, he went to a career fair at his school and found that every job there sounded boring to him.
  • He decided that instead, he’d start his own company, and started a business doing custom web designs.
  • Worked at a robotics company part-time; one night, while playing with his iPhone, he realized that the robots he was working with should be able to be controlled by smartphones.
  • He became fixated on the idea, and started neglecting his web design business to prototype Sphero and apply to tech competitions.
  • He and his co-founder Adam Wilson came up with hundreds of ideas for robotics that could be controlled by smartphone, but ultimately, they chose to produce the Sphero robot.
  • Says that the most important thing about running a company is to not get too caught up in things; when he starts to feel stressed, he likes to get out of the office and exercise.

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