Paul Budnitz

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Paul Budnitz
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Born (1967-09-14) September 14, 1967 (age 55)
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationBerkeley High School[2]
Occupation(s)Founder of Kidrobot and Ello
Owner of Budnitz Bicycles
Founder of
SpouseSabine "Sa" Budnitz

Paul Budnitz (born September 14, 1967) is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder of retailer Kidrobot, and the social network Ello.[3][4][5][6] He also owns Budnitz Bicycles in Burlington, Vermont.[7][8][9][10]


Early life and education[edit]

Paul Budnitz grew up in Berkeley, California in a Jewish[citation needed] family. His father was a nuclear physicist, and his mother was a social worker. He graduated from Berkeley High School and eventually transferred to Yale University in Connecticut.[11][2]


Budnitz is also a film director, and in 1996 he directed the film 93 Million Miles from the Sun. In 2001, he directed Ultraviolet, a 13-minute short film.[12]

Budnitz is the founder of Kidrobot, Ello, Budnitz Bicycles, and Superplastic.

Personal life[edit]

Budnitz has lived in Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Montana; and Shelburne, Vermont. He is married to Sabine "Sa Budnitz" and the couple split their time between Vermont and New York City.[13][14][15][16][9][17][10]


  1. ^ Dean, Josh (1 June 2011). "Giving Himself Room to Roam". Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ellen Lee, Special to The Chronicle (25 April 2010). "Monster toys are latest designer must-have". SFGate. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  3. ^ "The utterly desirable Budnitz Titanium bikes". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. ^ Marc DeAngelis (6 November 2015). "Vinyl Jeopardy: The Life, Death & Rebirth of Kidrobot - Complex". Complex. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  5. ^ "The downfall of Circa night club". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  6. ^ Paul Budnitz: The Kidrobot story by Carolina D'Souza, Gulf News, 18 July 2008
  7. ^ "The Evolution of Ello". Tech Times. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  8. ^ Gina Bullard (1 March 2013). "High-end bicycle maker Budnitz rolls into Burlington". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Is Everything Better in Boulder? - Best Places to Live 2016 - Men's Journal". Men's Journal. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Paul Budnitz - About". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  11. ^ Smith IV, Jack (10 June 2015). "The Talented Mr. Budnitz". New York Observer. Retrieved 8 May 2016. He eventually went to Yale, where he'd study engineering while obsessing over art, and then pivoted, studying art while obsessing over computers and making films in his free time.
  12. ^ "Paul Budnitz". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  13. ^ "Property Transfers". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  14. ^ "Paul Budnitz, Founder of Kidrobot -". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Paul Budnitz designs the ultimate town bike". Vermont Sports Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  16. ^ Alicia Wallace Camera Business Writer (7 January 2010). "Vinyl toy company Kidrobot to make Boulder its home". Retrieved 8 May 2016. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  17. ^ "Ello Launches App -". Retrieved 8 May 2016.

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