Circuits.io was founded in 2012 by Karel Bruneel and Benjamin Schrauwen. After struggling for years to design and teach to design electronics using existing EDA tool, they felt that electronics design needed an urgent jolt. Learning from how software is designed, they came up with the following magic recipe which is at the heart of circuits.io: (i) allow to easily build on pre-designed electronics modules, (ii) use intuitive tools that hide much of the complexity in software, and (iii) embrace the open hardware movement. We promise that circuits.io will always be free for open hardware designs and that you can export all your designs, we will never lock in what actually is yours.
Karel holds a PhD in electronics CAD, is a notorious tinkerer, and co-founded Dwengo. He went from blowing up capacitors as a kid, studying electronics engineering, to getting a Ph.D on FPGA CAD tools from Ghent University. When not hacking on circuits.io, he loves to ride his racing bike over the famous cobble stone hills of Flanders or ride some waves in a Batman costume. You can follow Karel on Twitter.
Benjamin is an entrepreneur and professor at Ghent University. He previously co-founded Mollom, a web spam filtering service acquired by Acquia, and at university he is running a research lab focused on machine learning and robotics. His first computer was an Apple II, has been tinkering with electronics ever since he was able to hold a soldering iron, and as a baby even went to bed with a screwdriver :) He studied computer science at the University of Antwerp and went on to get an engineering degree and a Ph.D. at Ghent University. On the few sunny days here in Belgium, Benjamin goes climbing or paragliding. He also has a keen interest in electronic music and all machines generating it. You can follow Ben on Twitter.