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Colin Guinn is a serial entrepreneur and high-tech product development expert. He is also the founder of Guinn Partners, an autonomous robotics and emerging technology consultancy that’s taking over the space. Colin heads and leads the team in strategic innovation, product development, and investment opportunities. Before Guinn Partners, Colin founded Austin Startup and Hangar Technology and served as chief revenue officer at 3D Robotics. He is also the founder and CEO of DJI North America.
Colin’s expertise and industry know-how make him one of the most interviewed experts on robotics and drone technology globally. Some of his areas of expertise include the subject of commercial drones in congressional hearings, and he has featured at premier industry conferences and in top-rated publications and newscasts, including 60 Minutes, CNN, Techcrunch, Forbes, and Fast Company.
As a life-long advocate of personal growth, Colin founded Gel Blaster, through which he has been helping families get up and be active. Together with his life partner Christie Woods, they have experienced a ton of adventure, several challenges, raced around the world, and found a balance in each other that works exceptionally well. They also finished 2nd in season 5 of CBS’s The Amazing Race in 2003. They also came first on The Amazing Race‘s most recent Reality Showdown season, competing against some of the most well-known competitors from Survivor, Big Brother, and past seasons of The Amazing Race. The power couple has also established games for their young family.
The Gel Blaster SURGE will change the way you play by keeping your head in the game with customizable colors and accessories. You can also blast revolutionary water-based eco-friendly, water infused ammo, without worrying about the mess. The ammo bursts on contact and immediately begin to evaporate for minimal cleanup and maximum fun for everyone. A practically designed product, the Gel Blaster SURGE comes with a rechargeable battery that can last 4–5 hours with a full charge time of an hour. It also has a safety switch that will change the way you play.
Though he has since established a package for the entire family, Colin terms it one of his most significant obstacles. Finding a solution that perfectly fit his entire family was a challenge but one they continually innovated to get over.
“The biggest issue we face is finding a solution that fits well for the entire family. The older son is too cool for foam darts. The younger son isn’t quite ready for the sting of the beefier weapons. Often, Christie and I end up playing referee, then we battle. We wanted a solution that allowed the whole family to jump up off the couch, run into the backyard, and play a game together,” Colin explains.
Moving forward, Colin wants to continue impacting more families to embrace less screen time to spend more time outdoors. To him, the Gel Blaster SURGE is the ideal solution that allows the whole family to jump off the couch, run into the backyard, and play a game together. This is essential to encourage basic childhood experiences of discovering, practicing, and pushing their creative limits. For Colin, it is his joy to see young kids create awesome childhood memories with their families.
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