Starting a company is hard. I took the easy route: Spending eight hours a day in the office, walking home to eat dinner and take a nap before getting back on the computer for an additional four or five hours. Following this would be another few hours of sleep before getting back up to start the day anew.
When I first heard of TROBO, which came out of a Startup Weekend Orlando (which I’ve talked about before), I was interested in the idea of teaching STEM to kids, and building up the next generation of engineers in the US. I got really interested in them when I found out that both of the founders quit their jobs to follow their passion and get this project off the ground.
Meet TROBO, a cuddly robot created by two Orlando fathers that interacts with kids and helps answer questions while viewing an interactive screen! This plush toy quickly becomes a child’s favorite all the while helping them learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics (a.k.a. STEM)! TROBO’s Kickstarter campaign is over 60% funded and ends Monday. For those who don’t need a TROBO, other pledge options are available for t-shirts, stickers and more. TROBOs are amazing, interactive robots that actually read to children out loud and have the potential for a virtually endless story library. Compatible with iPads and iPhones and incorporating their own TROBO app, TROBO allows children to build their own avatar, include their name in the stories, and participate in interactive puzzles every few pages.
Starting a company is hard, but quitting your comfortable job to help that company grow is scary as hell. I am fully supportive of anyone who wants to follow their dreams. We’ve got an amazing community in Orlando, and as the founder of a small business, I’m glad to be a part of it. I truly believe what I said at WordPress Orlando last night: it is the strength of all of us working together and supporting one another that will help our entire city to grow.