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CO-FOUNDER - TWO BIT CIRCUS: Using Multiple Engineering Disciplines To Re-Imagine The Steam Carnival

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Eric is the co-founder of Two Bit Circus, a think tank that is re-imagining carnivals - the carnivals that are being developed by Two Bit incorporate robots, fire and lasers. He spends his days inventing and designing for the carnival, utilizing numerous engineering disciplines as well as chemistry and software programming. Eric became interested in innovation when he was working for a think tank where he had to pick up a new concept everyday and immediately use it to create something new.

Degree: Computer Engineering - Computer Science - Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
Job Title: Co-Founder of Two Bit Circus
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

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Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

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$0 - $200,000
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Varies Widely, Full-time, Long hours
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Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Creativity, Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills

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Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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<span m='11530'>carnival</span> <span m='11855'>with</span> <span m='12180'>robots,</span> <span m='12840'>fire,</span> <span m='13145'>and</span> <span m='13450'>lasers</span> <span m='13990'>and</span> <span m='14050'>hopefully</span> <span m='14380'>bringing</span> <span m='14690'>it</span> <span m='14780'>to</span> <span m='14900'>a</span> <span m='14950'>city</span> <span m='15220'>near you.</span> </p><p><span m='16490'>I</span> <span m='16610'>think</span> <span m='16830'>I</span> <span m='16880'>have</span> <span m='17050'>one</span> <span m='17170'>of</span> <span m='17230'>the</span> <span m='17310'>most</span> <span m='17540'>fun</span> <span m='17750'>jobs</span> <span m='18090'>in</span> <span m='18140'>the</span> <span m='18210'>world.</span> <span m='19120'>I'm</span> <span m='19290'>kind</span> <span m='19480'>of</span> <span m='19550'>a</span> <span m='19610'>jack</span> <span m='19890'>of</span> <span m='19990'>all</span> <span m='20170'>trades,</span> <span m='20600'>a</span> <span m='20680'>mad</span> <span m='21010'>inventor</span> <span m='21490'>in</span> <span m='21570'>my</span> <span m='21680'>company.</span> <span m='22520'>And</span> <span m='22910'>my</span> <span m='23120'>desk</span> <span m='23480'>is</span> <span m='23730'>filled</span> <span m='24080'>with</span> <span m='24260'>electronics</span> <span m='25160'>and</span> <span m='25550'>mechanical</span> <span m='26140'>parts</span> <span m='27000'>and</span> <span m='27240'>software</span> <span m='27770'>that</span> <span m='27930'>I'm</span> <span m='28060'>writing.</span> <span m='28510'>And</span> <span m='29090'>I</span> <span m='29620'>kind of</span> <span m='29910'>live at</span> <span m='30060'>the</span> <span m='30170'>intersection</span> <span m='30630'>of</span> <span m='30750'>all</span> <span m='31020'>these</span> <span m='31280'>different</span> <span m='31590'>engineering</span> <span m='32080'>disciplines.</span> </p><p><span m='32920'>Sometimes</span> <span m='33310'>I'm</span> <span m='33390'>writing</span> <span m='33590'>software.</span> <span m='34250'>Sometimes</span> <span m='34650'>I'm</span> <span m='34680'>doing</span> <span m='34930'>chemistry.</span> <span m='36210'>Sometimes</span> <span m='36630'>I'm</span> <span m='36710'>doing</span> <span m='36900'>mechanical</span> <span m='37410'>design.</span> <span m='38250'>Often</span> <span m='38610'>I'm</span> <span m='38710'>making</span> <span m='39010'>robots.</span> <span m='39950'>But</span> <span m='40190'>every</span> <span m='40440'>day</span> <span m='40630'>is</span> <span m='40780'>an</span> <span m='40850'>opportunity</span> <span m='41370'>to</span> <span m='41480'>learn</span> <span m='41750'>something</span> <span m='42160'>new</span> <span m='43010'>and</span> <span m='43540'>build</span> <span m='43810'>something</span> <span m='44160'>new.</span> <span m='44400'>And at the</span> <span m='44500'>end</span> <span m='44590'>of the day</span> <span m='44720'>I get to</span> <span m='45040'>hold</span> <span m='45410'>something</span> <span m='45510'>in</span> <span m='45600'>my</span> <span m='45740'>hand</span> <span m='46060'>and I get</span> <span m='46270'>to say,</span> <span m='47120'>I made</span> <span m='47480'>this.</span> </p><p><span m='48226'>I got</span> <span m='48612'>an</span> <span m='49000'>undergraduate</span> <span m='49370'>degree</span> <span m='49600'>in</span> <span m='49710'>computer</span> <span m='50100'>engineering</span> <span m='50820'>and</span> <span m='50950'>I</span> <span m='50990'>moved</span> <span m='51330'>on</span> <span m='51580'>to</span> <span m='51750'>a</span> <span m='51800'>master's</span> <span m='52260'>degree</span> <span m='52550'>in</span> <span m='52650'>computer</span> <span m='53000'>science</span> <span m='53590'>with</span> <span m='53830'>an</span> <span m='54100'>emphasis</span> <span m='54510'>on</span> <span m='54610'>robotics.</span> <span m='55550'>When</span> <span m='55760'>I</span> <span m='55820'>got</span> <span m='56170'>out of</span> <span m='56260'>college</span> <span m='56940'>I</span> <span m='56970'>didn't</span> <span m='57150'>know</span> <span m='57270'>what</span> <span m='57380'>I</span> <span m='57430'>was</span> <span m='57600'>going</span> <span m='57700'>to</span> <span m='57750'>do.</span> <span m='58290'>So</span> <span m='58460'>I</span> <span m='58540'>started</span> <span m='58810'>working</span> <span m='59180'>in</span> <span m='59650'>computers,</span> <span m='60390'>social</span> <span m='60920'>media,</span> <span m='61540'>social</span> <span m='61900'>software.</span> <span m='62355'>I wrote</span> <span m='62810'>an ad</span> <span m='63130'>server.</span> <span m='64720'>For</span> <span m='64860'>a</span> <span m='64930'>couple of</span> <span m='65150'>years</span> <span m='65400'>I</span> <span m='65770'>had your</span> <span m='65880'>sort of</span> <span m='65970'>standard</span> <span m='66440'>out</span> <span m='66570'>of</span> <span m='66670'>college</span> <span m='67140'>career</span> <span m='67510'>path.</span> <span m='68420'>And</span> <span m='68700'>then I</span> <span m='68790'>found</span> <span m='69170'>my</span> <span m='69300'>roots</span> <span m='69660'>again</span> <span m='70510'>and</span> <span m='71180'>discovered</span> <span m='71870'>that</span> <span m='72020'>what</span> <span m='72200'>I</span> <span m='72270'>really</span> <span m='72630'>loved</span> <span m='72900'>to</span> <span m='73010'>do</span> <span m='73710'>was</span> <span m='74250'>understand</span> <span m='74820'>how</span> <span m='74990'>new</span> <span m='75180'>technologies</span> <span m='75850'>work</span> <span m='76520'>and</span> <span m='76670'>use</span> <span m='76920'>them</span> <span m='77070'>to</span> <span m='77150'>make</span> <span m='77400'>new</span> <span m='77600'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='78530'>And</span> <span m='78850'>ultimately</span> <span m='79390'>I</span> <span m='79470'>wound</span> <span m='79760'>up</span> <span m='79880'>working</span> <span m='80140'>for</span> <span m='80290'>an</span> <span m='80370'>amazing</span> <span m='81060'>think</span> <span m='81340'>tank</span> <span m='81890'>in</span> <span m='82070'>Glendale,</span> <span m='82470'>California</span> <span m='82820'>called</span> <span m='83170'>Applied</span> <span m='83660'>Minds</span> <span m='84550'>where</span> <span m='84760'>they</span> <span m='84890'>gave</span> <span m='85190'>me</span> <span m='85240'>the</span> <span m='85380'>opportunity</span> <span m='85980'>to</span> <span m='86090'>build</span> <span m='87700'>amazing</span> <span m='88160'>stuff.</span> <span m='88560'>Sometimes</span> <span m='88960'>it</span> <span m='89020'>was</span> <span m='89140'>robots,</span> <span m='89590'>sometimes</span> <span m='90010'>it</span> <span m='90090'>was</span> <span m='90250'>concept</span> <span m='90770'>cars,</span> <span m='91110'>sometimes</span> <span m='91480'>it</span> <span m='91540'>was</span> <span m='92010'>3D</span> <span m='92450'>touch</span> <span m='92840'>technologies.</span> <span m='93610'>I</span> <span m='93660'>built</span> <span m='94450'>night</span> <span m='94820'>vision</span> <span m='95170'>systems.</span> </p><p><span m='96080'>And</span> <span m='96390'>the</span> <span m='96530'>thing</span> <span m='96730'>that</span> <span m='96860'>tied</span> <span m='97160'>all</span> <span m='97300'>those</span> <span m='97490'>things</span> <span m='97700'>together</span> <span m='98030'>was</span> <span m='98970'>I</span> <span m='99130'>basically</span> <span m='99590'>had</span> <span m='99790'>to</span> <span m='99860'>learn</span> <span m='100440'>a</span> <span m='100520'>new</span> <span m='100850'>engineering</span> <span m='101340'>discipline</span> <span m='102050'>constantly.</span> <span m='102660'>Every</span> <span m='102790'>day</span> <span m='103210'>I was picking</span> <span m='103520'>up</span> <span m='103600'>something</span> <span m='103920'>new</span> <span m='104540'>and</span> <span m='104680'>immediately</span> <span m='105500'>using</span> <span m='105810'>it</span> <span m='105910'>to</span> <span m='105990'>create</span> <span m='106400'>something.</span> <span m='109770'>Ultimately</span> <span m='110250'>I</span> <span m='110330'>left</span> <span m='110560'>that</span> <span m='110780'>company</span> <span m='111210'>and created</span> <span m='111690'>my</span> <span m='111870'>own</span> <span m='112030'>company</span> <span m='112700'>where</span> <span m='112870'>I</span> <span m='112930'>get</span> <span m='113130'>to</span> <span m='113210'>do</span> <span m='113360'>that</span> <span m='113560'>but</span> <span m='113680'>I</span> <span m='113750'>get</span> <span m='113910'>to</span> <span m='113970'>decide</span> <span m='114245'>what I</span> <span m='114520'>make.</span> </p><p><span m='115720'>And</span> <span m='116160'>what do</span> <span m='116430'>you wish</span> <span m='116700'>you knew</span> <span m='116975'>when you</span> <span m='117250'>started</span> <span m='117540'>your</span> <span m='117830'>career?</span> </p><p><span m='118990'>When</span> <span m='119430'>I</span> <span m='119500'>got</span> <span m='119750'>out of</span> <span m='119830'>college</span> <span m='121590'>I</span> <span m='121720'>thought</span> <span m='122070'>that</span> <span m='122210'>there</span> <span m='122360'>was</span> <span m='122910'>a</span> <span m='123570'>path</span> <span m='124090'>I</span> <span m='124150'>was</span> <span m='124340'>supposed</span> <span m='124850'>to</span> <span m='124910'>follow.</span> <span m='125645'>Like</span> <span m='125930'>there</span> <span m='126020'>was</span> <span m='126170'>a</span> <span m='126240'>next</span> <span m='126560'>step</span> <span m='126960'>after</span> <span m='127240'>college.</span> <span m='128020'>It</span> <span m='128160'>turns</span> <span m='128430'>out</span> <span m='129260'>there</span> <span m='129750'>isn't a</span> <span m='129870'>next</span> <span m='130139'>step</span> <span m='130370'>after</span> <span m='130590'>college.</span> <span m='131020'>It's</span> <span m='131330'>up</span> <span m='131610'>to</span> <span m='131730'>you</span> <span m='132250'>to</span> <span m='132360'>figure</span> <span m='132770'>out</span> <span m='133180'>what's</span> <span m='133510'>right</span> <span m='133820'>for</span> <span m='133930'>you.</span> <span m='134660'>For</span> <span m='134820'>me,</span> <span m='135260'>my</span> <span m='135530'>passion</span> <span m='136070'>is</span> <span m='136750'>learning</span> <span m='137690'>new</span> <span m='137950'>things</span> <span m='138370'>and</span> <span m='138500'>putting</span> <span m='138670'>them to</span> <span m='139000'>use</span> <span m='139270'>immediately.</span> <span m='139870'>Inventing</span> <span m='140490'>new</span> <span m='140660'>stuff.</span> <span m='141630'>And</span> <span m='142480'>if</span> <span m='142600'>you</span> <span m='142720'>can</span> <span m='142850'>accept</span> <span m='143130'>the</span> <span m='143220'>fact</span> <span m='143580'>that</span> <span m='143870'>only</span> <span m='144220'>you</span> <span m='144430'>can</span> <span m='144610'>decide</span> <span m='146070'>what</span> <span m='147110'>is</span> <span m='147190'>best</span> <span m='147480'>for</span> <span m='147600'>you</span> <span m='147920'>and</span> <span m='148430'>you</span> <span m='148560'>can</span> <span m='148720'>pursue</span> <span m='149010'>that</span> <span m='149265'>and</span> <span m='149520'>you</span> <span m='149590'>can</span> <span m='149810'>be</span> <span m='149930'>successful</span> <span m='150190'>at it,</span> <span m='150885'>well,</span> <span m='151320'>you're</span> <span m='151470'>going to be a</span> <span m='151790'>success.</span> 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