Big Omaha features speakers from across the globe who bring a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to the Silicon Prairie. As Big Omaha announces their speakers, we’ll be featuring them on SPN so you can get to know them and find out how they’re helping to shape the startup ecosystem prior to the conference on May 17-19.
Big Omaha added Alex Klein, co-founder and CEO of Kano, to their 2017 speaker lineup.
Kano is a youth-friendly, build-it-yourself computer kit that introduces computer programming to children and young adults. Powered by Raspberry Pi, the computer kits focus on storytelling, simple steps and creativity.
Kano was founded by Klein, Saul Klein (Alex’s cousin) and Yonatan Raz-Fridman in 2012. Kano quickly shot to success after a 2013 Kickstarter that raised $1.5 million from over 13,000 backers including Steve Wozniak and Yancey Strickler, one of Kickstarter’s co-founders.
Kano’s first computers were shipped in 2014, and the company has gone on to raise over $15 million in venture capital.
Klein was chosen as an emerging thinker shaping Britain’s future by CNN, a USA TODAY Change Agent, and featured as Forbes Magazine’s standout “30 Under 30” in Education for 2014 and 2015.
To read more about Alex Klein visit the Big Omaha blog.
For more on information on all of this year’s speakers visit the Big Omaha Speakers page. More speakers will be announced as the conference approaches.
Check out the Big Omaha Tickets page for registration information.
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