The Connector

The inspi­ra­tion behind Amino—a mobile-​​based social ser­vice aimed at con­necting users with spe­cial­ized interests—dates back to the teenage years of Ben Anderson, the tech savvy co-​​founder whose niche hobby of building robots engen­dered little enthu­siasm among his closest friends.

I would show them the cool robots I had built and they didn’t seem to care at all,” recalled Anderson, now a 25-​​year-​​old entre­pre­neur on the rise. “I knew there were people from Mis­sis­sippi to Japan who loved geeking out with robotics like I did, but I had no way of con­necting with them.”