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Blackwell in 2007
|Alma mater||Carleton University (B.Eng.)|
Harvard University (PhD)
|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|
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.
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.
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.
- "About Me, Professionally". Tlb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
- "Applications of Randomness in System Performance Measurement". Tlb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
- "Anybots · About the Robots". Anybots.com. Archived from the original on January 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
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