Kristian Rauhala

 

KR-headshot-July2-2012Kristian Rauhala

President & Co-Founder of PEAR Sports

In 2010, Kristian Rauhala co-founded PEAR Sports as a way to provide personalized training programs to runners and athletes of all levels. He is an entrepreneur who seeks to turn his passions and interests into new endeavors.

Prior to founding PEAR Sports, Rauhala was the CEO and Co-Founder of H2O Audio (now X-1.com), the leading water sports music company offering waterproof headphones and accessories designed for athletes. At H2O Audio, Rauhala helped create and patent a new category of products that has revolutionized water sports. He raised over $6M in equity financing and grew H2O Audio to be on of the INC.500 fastest growing companies. He also developed partnerships with H2O Audio and Olympic swimmers Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin and waterman Laird Hamilton.

Born in Finland, Rauhala moved to the U.S. in 1997. For more than 7 years, he worked in business development and wireless engineering for Nokia. Subsequently, Rauhala worked for Elektrobit Inc. in San Diego, CA as a regional manager.

Rauhala holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology Finland and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from San Diego State University. In his spare time, Rauhala is an avid surfer and triathlete.