By Roadtrip Nation

Eric Gradman



My road in life took a while to figure out.
He finished college in the middle of the web crash, so rather than entering the workforce, he "hid out in graduate school."
Became a touring circus performer on the side while he was finishing his engineering degree.
Worked as a fire dancer, a clown, an aerialist, and an acrobat.
Says that conversation ("I'm joining the circus") did not go over well with his parents, who had more "traditional" jobs.
After graduation, he took a series of "boring" engineering and computer programming jobs.
Reached a crossroads where he felt he had to choose between being a performer and continuing with these dull jobs.
Says when he started making interactive art with his co-founder, Brent Bushnell, he "fell in love with engineering again."
Their company's goal is to show kids how engineering can be exciting and interactive.
Keep following my journey


Co-Founder & CTO

I’m an inventor. I make crazy carnival games, giant robots, and immersive theater.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Day to Day

My formal title now is "Mad Inventor". I invent and entertain to make others see technology as magic. I use aspects of my history as a circus performer, professional whistler, roboticist, and inventor to bridge the gap between art and engineering by inventing, producing and selling an array of technological amusements and games; creating and hosting “immersive” private or community events; and producing “interactive theater” featuring puzzles, performances and video-propelled competitions.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Get involved in every sort of activity on and off campus that tickle one of your broad interests. Constantly challenge your creativity!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get involved in different interactive technology programs or take classes that fall under this. Getting a wide variety of technical knowledge is extremely valuable.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"No one will ever use that! It serves no purpose. "