Trevor Blackwell

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Trevor Blackwell
Trevor Blackwell 2007.jpg
Blackwell in 2007
Born (1969-11-04)November 4, 1969
Canada
Education BEng Engineering, Carleton University; PhD Computer Science, Harvard University
Occupation Computer programmer, engineer and entrepreneur
Employer Anybots, Y Combinator
Known for Inventor of the Eunicycle, founder and CEO of Anybots, partner at Y Combinator
Website
http://tlb.org/

Trevor Blackwell (born 4 November 1969 in Canada) is a computer programmer, engineer and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley.[1]

Blackwell is a developer of humanoid robots. He is also the inventor of the Eunicycle, essentially a one-wheeled Segway. Dr. Blackwell is the founder and CEO of Anybots and a partner at Y Combinator.

Life and career[edit]

Blackwell grew up in Saskatoon, Canada. Blackwell studied engineering at Carleton University and received a BEng in 1992, then studied Computer Science at Harvard University and received a PhD in 1998. His dissertation applied randomized methods to analyzing the performance of networks and compilers.[2]

During graduate school Blackwell joined Viaweb for which he wrote the image rendering, order processing and statistics software. The company was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, and Blackwell moved to Silicon Valley to lead the Yahoo Store development group.

He founded Anybots in 2001 to build teleoperated humanoid robots. In 2006, Anybots announced a humanoid robot that walks and balances like people do, without depending on large feet for stability.[3]

As side projects, he has built two other balancing vehicles: a two-wheeled balancing scooter similar to the Segway but with different steering, and the self-balancing Eunicycle. Several hobbyists have built vehicles based on the open design of the machine.

He was a co-founder of Y Combinator in 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Me, Professionally". Tlb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Applications of Randomness in System Performance Measurement". Tlb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  3. ^ "Anybots · About the Robots". Anybots.com. Retrieved 2010-03-02. [dead link]

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