These founders left Google to chase a vision of healthier screen time for their kids — and their flagship product has become a hit in classrooms and homes

  • Pramod Sharma worked at Google in Mountain View, California and noticed when he dropped off his daughter at the company’s daycare facility, there were no tech products allowed.
  • Sharma and his co-founder Jerome Scholler created Osmo in 2013 to create a positive and educational screen time experience for kids.
  • Osmo’s magic lies in its proprietary hardware piece that snaps onto a tablet, using mirrors to connect the movements a child makes on a physical game board with animations on the screen.
  • Osmo has raised over $US38 million, has more than 60 employees, and can be found in a half-million households worldwide.

Circa 2012, Pramod Sharma was working on a Google project to scan physical books and put them on the internet.

Like many at Google, Sharma would drop off his daughter each morning at the company’s on-campus daycare facilities. Over time, he recognised something both ironic and worrisome.

There were no tech products in the room.

“They were very proud of their wooden blocks from Germany,” Sharma told Business Insider in a recent interview. Read more

Nick Bastone - Business Insider Australia - 5 Nov 2018

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