Ian Bernstein was raised in New Mexico and home-schooled from a young age, where he initially developed an interest in robotics taking all the household electronics apart.
At the age of 12 Ian attended the International BEAM Robotics Games and was hooked. From that point forward, Ian’s interest and passion for robotics grew as he won awards worldwide for his robots. He attended both New Mexico Tech and Colorado State University, all while working at a custom robot development shop and running his own web-development company.
Ian realized that there was something lacking in the world of smartphone-controlled devices, and saw an opportunity to get involved with the TechStars program. As TechStars requires teams to compete, Ian joined forces with Adam Wilson (Sphero’s other founder) and the two began their thesis under “phone-controlled robotics.”