Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson

Co-founder / Chief Software Architect


Sphero

Boulder, CO USA


We chose fun, and then we emphasized it in everything that we did.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Says that because he didn’t grow up with much money, he developed a fascination with taking things apart and trying to build new things with the pieces.
From there, the natural transition was to learn code, which was essentially an extension of his penchant for building things.
One summer, he went and lived with a relative who wrote software for airplanes.
To satisfy his propensity for building things, he worked a day job constructing houses, but every night, he went home and studied physics.
Eventually, he couldn’t keep up the two lives he was living, so he quit his day job and went back to school, where he met his Sphero co-founder, Ian Bernstein.
The two came up with hundreds of ideas for robotics that could be controlled by phone, but ultimately, they chose to produce the Sphero robot; Adam says, “we chose to have fun.”
At one of the competitions that they entered, they won a mentorship by Disney CEO Bob Iger; Iger showed them the prototype for Star Wars’ BB-8 and asked them to develop the robot.
Says the most uncomfortable thing about running a company has been the interpersonal interactions he has to partake in, but he’s found his confidence in order to enact his vision.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Mathematics, General
University of Northern Colorado
undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
University of Northern Colorado
Career

Career

Co-founder / Chief Software Architect

I'm a total robot junkie in the R&D department of Sphero where I concept, print, mold, cast and design hardware devices.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Technology
Technology
Building Things
Building Things

Day to Day

My day is typically spent doing a lot of prototyping and experimenting with new hardware devices, product designs, and apps. I develop and manage Android/iPhone/Windows 7 Phone Applications that blend with our proprietary hardware to create a real-world interface to your smartphone. I work to make sure that all products and marketing are in line with the Sphero brand and mission.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I learned how to code and program from family members. Learn from people doing the job you want. Hands-on experience is a great teacher.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Be intellectually honest with yourself. If you don't know how to do something, admit that. From there, figure out if it is something you can figure out or realistically learn how to do in time. If not, get the right person to do it.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Mathematics, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't do both. This isn't making me happy. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Financial
Legal Trouble