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ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Paul Berberian

Sphero's CEO is always thinking bigger


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CEO, Sphero

Berberian has steered the consumer robotics startup from Techstars Boulder to the Disney Accelerator last fall, which in turn led to a deal to make a smartphone-controlled BB-8 toy for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and a financing round of $45 million in 2015.

The toy, released in September, is flying off the shelves. “The movie hasn’t even come out and Christmas hasn’t happened,” says Berberian. “We’re running out of inventory so we’re scrambling to make more.”

How do you top “Star Wars”?

“Having a success like that allows us to think much bigger,” Berberian says. “We have the funding; we have the momentum; we have the hype—all the positive things you could hope for. Now we have to take all of that and deliver on it.”

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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