Anna Iarotska

1. What is the best advice ever received?

Years ago, when the idea of Robo Wunderkind was just born, a friend told me: the ability to embrace the unknown ultimately defines success for start-ups. While this advice comes across as challenging – it’s hard for anyone to get comfortable with unforeseen – over the years, I started to fully understand and appreciate what he was saying. It resonates with me every day. Nobody in my team, including me, knows enough, and there are times when we have to make a decision without 100% understanding its effects. However, had my co-founder and I restrained ourselves from letting go, Robo Wunderkind wouldn’t have made it this far.

2. What gets you out of bed every morning?

Seeing so many positive effects and outcomes of what I do is the greatest motivator for me. Whenever I hear stories about the successful use of our product in homes and classrooms, or personally meet children who are passionate about learning and creating with technology – especially if this interest was originally awakened by Robo Wunderkind – I am very proud of my team, which adds the motivation to develop Robo Wunderkind further and further. This feedback confirms that with Robo Wunderkind, we are creating a product that is really changing the way children learn in a positive direction.

3. What are your next milestones?

Bringing Robo Wunderkind to first place on kids’ wish lists next Christmas, as well as integrating our product in thousands of new schools and educational institutions around the world next year is on my immediate agenda. My next long-term ambitious goal as a founder and CEO: to bring our company to the next level and become the leading provider of educational programming and robotics solutions in three years. Most importantly, expand the team and hire the best talents that will grow our company, spread our vision to every parent and teacher, and make kids happy with an amazing product.

4. What is your best analog moment?

I will remember forever the first time I saw Robo Wunderkind, fully working, in the hands of a 7 years old girl. Seeing the result of what my team and I have worked on for years, with all the downfalls and successes that happened in between, was truly incredible and emotional. Observing the joyful child, seeing her learning through play and absolutely loving it, was the most rewarding thing ever happened to me. These days, I am living this moment again and again when I see classrooms full of kids with Robo Wunderkind, as well as happy families using it.