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Trevor Blackwell

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Trevor Blackwell
Blackwell in 2007
Born (1969-11-04) November 4, 1969 (age 54)
Alma materCarleton University (BEng)
Harvard University (PhD)
Occupation(s)Computer programmer, engineer and entrepreneur
Employer(s)Anybots, Y Combinator
Known forInventor of the Eunicycle, founder and CEO of Anybots, partner at Y Combinator, first dynamically balancing biped robot
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Trevor Blackwell (born 4 November 1969, in Canada) is a Canadian-American[1] computer programmer, engineer, entrepreneur and roboticist based in England.[2]

Blackwell is a developer of humanoid robots. Blackwell is the founder and former CEO of Anybots and a partner at Y Combinator.

Life and career


Blackwell grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Blackwell studied engineering at Carleton University and received a Bachelor of Engineering 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.[3]

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.[citation needed]

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.[4]

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.[citation needed]

He co-founded Y Combinator in 2005.


  1. ^ @tlbtlbtlb (February 23, 2023). "TODO [x] Become citizen" (Tweet). Retrieved 2023-02-23 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Trevor Blackwell, Co-founder Y Combinator; Founder, Anybots interviewed by The Social Radars Podcast".
  3. ^ "Applications of Randomness in System Performance Measurement". Tlb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  4. ^ "Anybots · About the Robots". Anybots.com. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-02.