The DIY Computer: A Discussion with Alex Klein, Founder of Kano


Alex Klein was an imaginative kid who didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. He expressed his creativity through acting, art, and finally, non-fiction writing before entering grad school at Cambridge to study philosophy and politics.

It was during this time that Alex met Eben Upton, the co-inventor of the Rasberry Pi, who inspired him to think about how computer technology could become more accessible to people of all ages, including kids.

Soon after, Alex’s six-year-old cousin, Micah, challenged him to build a computer as simple and fun as LEGO, “so no one has to teach me.” That challenge became Kano, a DIY computer kit based on the Raspberry Pi.

Watch the full video to see how Alex and his co-founder used Kickstarter to raise over $1.5 million dollars to fund Kano before receiving $15 million in Series A funding.

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