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

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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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