Creative computing pioneer Kano has announced the opening of its new North American office in the United States. Following a year of international growth for the company, Kano is also reinforcing its leadership team with promotions and new hires. This expansion is fueled by 2017’s $28M Series B investment round and the successful rollout of Kano kits to over 4,500 brick and mortar stores across North America.
North American Expansion
Kano’s first North American office is located in the 18th century historic building of Saxonville Mills in Framingham, Massachusetts. The building is a former woolen mill that now generates a third of the electricity it consumes via onsite solar panels in the roof. The new office will become the center of all North American operations, hosting a team focused on sales, marketing, business development, customer success and operations across the region.
This new office strengthens Kano’s existing leadership position at the forefront of the learn-to-code and STEM categories and improves service for customers and partners in the region. Kano is committed to continue building its North American community, on the heels of the mass roll out of Kano kits in retail stores last year. The company also maintains a range of ongoing, local, education partnerships like the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Connect Home initiative.
Kano is also the creative computing choice for over 1000 education programs around the world, from code clubs in Kansas to after school programs for refugees in Lebanon, with full curriculum and professional development to empower educators.
The new Framingham office will be led by Gregg Stein, who joined Kano in 2017 as VP Global Sales and has now been appointed new Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and General Manager North America. Stein will continue working to cement Kano’s pioneering position in the learn-to-code space, in order to take the category to the mainstream. Prior to joining Kano in 2017 as Vice President of Global Sales, Stein was Head of Global Sales at music startup ROLI, where he handled global commercialization and international growth.
"It’s is an exciting time for Kano, and I am thrilled to be taking on the newly created CRO and GM North America role," said Stein. "Kano is fundamentally transforming and demystifying technology for the masses, taking people on an educational and engaging journey from the physical world into the digital world. Kano is the first of its type in the marketplace and continues to define the STEM category. I can't wait to collaborate with the team and our partners to lead Kano into our next phase of growth."
New Leadership Team
Alongside Stein, Jamie Beaumont, former VP of Finance has been appointed as new CFO for the company, and will now oversee all financial efforts for Kano operating alongside Kano’s CEO and Cofounder Alex Klein. Before Kano, Beaumont was CFO at Tangent Communications PLC.
“Since joining Kano, the incredible opportunity we have to create a fundamentally different kind of technology company has always been clear to me” said Beaumont. “It’s one that allows people to create with technology, not just consume it. The challenge is exciting and engaging, and I am delighted to continue to turn the vision into a reality as part of such a talented team.”
Kano has also reinforced its marketing team with the incorporation of Omar Gurnah as new VP of Marketing. Gurnah comes from Sonos, where he used to lead Global Retail Marketing. Working alongside Beaumont in the UK, Gurnah will be focused on expanding the maker community by reaching new audiences, inviting them to create technology and harness the world around them.
“As Kano celebrates five years since ideation, we’re excited to be taking this next step in growing our maker community with the establishment of a US operation,” said Alex Klein, Co-founder and CEO of Kano. “Gregg and Jamie are already instrumental to Kano’s success, and in these leadership positions, they’ll only continue to propel the brand forward. With Omar now on board too, I’m as confident as ever that we have the right teams and tools in place to further demystify technology and provide greater opportunities to create it - on a global scale.”
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