Entrepreneurship Series – Featuring Rustem and his Robo Wunderkind

I came upon something truly inspiring. As usual I check few interesting startups each week. Lately I do it mostly in the IoT, B2B SaaS and Ecommerce/marketplaces space. It is not easy, with all the rest going on, so is really a matter of discipline to stay relevant and follow the trends.

During one of these sessions I met Rustem. This guy told me his story and it blew my mind.

Rustem and his team built this (see picture below).

robo wunderkind

Simply said, Robo Wunderkind is a robotics kit that allows you to build your own robot, so that kids also pick up basic coding skills along the way.

It is essentially a set of blocks which you can use to build all kinds of functional robots. Connecting the cubes is as simple as putting building blocks together — there is no wire or magnet.

robo wunderkind bricks

Then comes the 2nd fun factor. Kids can learn how to code by playing with the app’s visual programming interface which is super intuitive: kids with no previous exposure to coding will easily figure out how to program in the app.

robo wunderkind app

Here are some things that Robo Wunderkind can do:

  • drive around while avoiding obstacles
  • play a recorded sound when somebody enters the room
  • react to claps and other noises
  • play music when somebody picks it up
  • record and play voice messages
  • …and much, much more!

The idea was born end of 2013.

first robo wunderkind prototype

After building his prototype and putting his star team together, Rustem and Anna did something unexpected.

In 2014 they moved to Shenzhen, China to pursue their dream. There they learned all around hardware manufacturing.

That took a year and it mid 2015 came their Kickstarter campaign. Which ended up raising more than 3x the amount initially planned.

In this month, July 2016, almost 3 years after the idea was born and a ton of awards and pitches later, Rustem and team will start delivering their product to their 1 169 backers.

In simple words entrepreneurship is about dedication, patience and believe in what you do, and Robo Wunderkind is a true example of what it takes.

Go Robo Wunderkind Team!

 

Spicing up your LinkedIn profile – nifty icons and bullet points

The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that people should care more about their profiles in business networks rather than anywhere else (including their resume).

So while refreshing my LinkedIn and Xing profiles came the obvious need: “How do I add bullets to my LinkedIn profile?”

Getting Bullets on Your LinkedIn Profile

Actually there is no such thing as “bullet points” within LinkedIn. And you can do no formating. This is all.

Just kidding!

The simplest way to add some new symbols is to copy and paste them from somewhere else. In this case my blog. 🙂

So, just select (highlight) the symbol you want to use, copy it and paste it in LinkedIn. You can copy it by clicking Ctrl-C or right mouse clicking on the highlighted symbol and choosing COPY from the right mouse menu. Paste it by clicking Ctrl-V or right mouse clicking and choosing PASTE from the right mouse menu.

Of course, when pasting in your LinkedIn, you should have clicked on your profile and switched to edit mode.

And here are the symbols:

Stars:
★ ✪ ✯ ✰

Arrows:

☛ ☚ ☜ ☝ ☞ ☟ ⇨ ► ◄ ► »

Traditional bullets:

■ ♦ ◆ ●

Ticks:

✔ ✘ ☐ ☑ ☒

Email:
✉ ✍ ✎ ✏ ✑ ⌨

Phone:

✆ ☎ ☏

More:

♬♪♫ Ѫ ☮ ✈ ♥ ☠ ☊ ☗ ♘ ♝ ☃ ☂ ☁ ☀ ☺

If you really like it Klicki bunti, you can use these to make lines:
☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲
▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░

♬♪♫ Ѫ ☮ ✈ ♥ ☠ ☊ ☗ ♘ ♝ ☃ ☂ ☁ ☀ ☺

Hope you did not turn your profile into a Christmas tree. In fact, I used only two of these.