Paul Budnitz

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Paul Budnitz
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Born (1967-09-14) September 14, 1967 (age 49)
Berkeley, California[1]
Residence Shelburne, Vermont
Education Berkeley High School[2]
Occupation Founder of Kidrobot and Ello
Owner of Budnitz Bicycles
Home town Berkeley, California
Spouse(s) Sabine "Sa" Budnitz

Paul Budnitz (born September 14, 1967) is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder of Kidrobot, a retailer of art toys, apparel and accessories, and Ello, an ad-free social network.[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 family with a nuclear physicist father and a social worker mother. He graduated from Berkeley High School and eventually transferred to Yale University in Connecticut.[11][2]


In 1990, Budnitz began working on two films, 93 Million Miles from the Sun and the 13-minute-long[12] Ultraviolet. Both won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival[citation needed] and were distributed worldwide. Artforum magazine hailed 93 Million Miles as "one of the best films of 1997."[citation needed]

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

Personal life[edit]

Budnitz has ties to Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Montana; and Shelburne, Vermont. He is married to Sabine "Sa Budnitz" and lives in 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. ^ Description of Ultraviolet, Berlinale, 2002.
  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. 
  17. ^ "Ello Launches App -". Retrieved 8 May 2016. 

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