NRI teenager is Silicon Valley's youngest entrepreneur

Shubham Banerjee, 13, a California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp recently invested in his startup Braigo Labs. Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project last year. When his parents were asked how blind people read and they told him to "Google" it, Shubham did some online research and he was shocked to learn that Braille printers also known as embossers, cost around $2000, a price too costly for most blind readers, especially in developing countries. He thought the price was very high and was certain there is a simpler way to produce his printer. He now wants to develop a desktop Braille printer that will cost around $350 and weigh a few pounds compared with current models that weigh over 20 pounds. After the Braigo won numerous awards and support from the blind community, Shubham started Braigo Labs with an initial $35,000 investment from his father which he used to build a more sophisticated version of his Lego based printer the Braigo 2.0 that can translate electronic text into Braille before printing. Intel executives were so impressed that in November they invested an undisclosed sum in his startup. They believe he is the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital. Braille Labs is using money to hire professional engineers and advisers to help design and build Braille printers based on Shubham's ideas Shubham is too young to be CEO of his own company so his mother Malini Banerjee has taken the job.