For fostering creativity with computers.
Twenty-four-year-old Alex Klein’s successful December 2013 Kickstarter produced a highly influential startup last year. Kano is designed to let anyone make their own computer and create their own stuff with it—and do so as easily as creating something in Lego. Kano has brought a level of sophistication and polish to the idea of using a Raspberry Pi controller as the building block of a computer, earning it a Cannes Gold Lion award for product design last summer. After raising $1.5 million to build and sell $150 make-your-own-computer kits (15 times his initial goal), Kano began shipping last fall. It’s found its way to 86 countries thus far.