9/27/21 – Episode 7
Today’s guest is Aidan Chopra, Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer and Explainer in Chief of Bitsbox. Bitsbox teaches kids to code through fun app-building projects that come in the mail every month. It empowers kids to “make stuff” from examples encouraging quick progress. Prior to founding Bitsbox Aidan was a Product Evangelist at Google working on SketchUp.
Aidan joined SketchUp before it was purchased by Google, when it was a startup out of Boulder, Colorado. He stayed with the company through two acquisitions, Google and later Trimble, before embarking on his own entrepreneurial journey with SketchUp co-worker, Scott Lininger.
About Aidan Chopra:
Aidan wanted to be a scientist from a young age but ended up pursuing art as a talented artist. He attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) for a Batchelor’s in Fine Arts, spent two semesters at Rhode Island Institute of Design (RISD) and furthered his education at Rice University, obtaining a Master’s in Architecture. Aidan is also a Board Member at Boulder Day Nursery Association.
In this episode with Aidan Chopra, you’ll learn:
- How Aidan’s calculus teacher pushed him towards art school
- His journey from Montreal to Boulder, CO
- How he was able to create his own title at Google
- The benefits of a co-founder
- How Aidan approached fundraising for Bitsbox (and blew his first pitch)
- What to look for in a mentor
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To learn more about Aidan’s journey, read his article “Have a Co-Founder so You Can Take Vacations”