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Aidan Chopra – Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer and Explainer in Chief of Bitsbox

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

Mentioned in this episode…

Companies:
Bitsbox
SketchUp
Google
Trimble
Kickstarter
Boomtown
Wiley Publishing

People:
Aidan Chopra
Scott Lininger
Praful Shah
Brad Schell
Tom Wyman

Enjoy this episode and subscribe to Slice’d Podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts!

To learn more about Aidan’s journey, read his article “Have a Co-Founder so You Can Take Vacations”

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