Ian Bernstein

Ian Bernstein

Co-founder / Chief Technology Officer


Sphero

Boulder, CO USA


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.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
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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Education

Education

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GED
undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Career

Career

Co-founder / Chief Technology Officer

I work with the executive team as well as lead our research and design team in developing new products.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

I lead the development of many a Sphero product. I lead our team and give them direction in software engineering, app development, and product prototyping. Essentially, I help make the call on what to build and how to build it.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The most important thing about running a company is to not get too caught up in things and let the stress overtake your life. Know when to keep going, but also know when to quit.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I've always had a rule to never have a job where I wasn't always learning something. And, always chose fun. If you aren't enjoying what you are doing, do something else.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"If we don't make this work, it's not going to be good. "

Challenges I Overcame

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