KANOChloe and Hollie testing out a computer kit.
Chloe Bridgewater is only 7 years old but she’s already getting paid to test products for a computer company.
Her new side hustle comes only a few months after she wrote a letter asking "Google boss" Sundar Pichai for a future job in tech.
Since her adorably honest and earnest letter went viral, Chloe and her family in Hereford, England, have gotten a lot of attention.
"It’s been absolutely bonkers," her mom, Julie Bridgewater, said in a video call Thursday. Chloe’s letter got even more attention when Pichai responded with a signed letter and encouraged Chloe to stay interested in coding, computers, robots, and math.
So now Chloe and her 6-year-old sister, Hollie, are keeping up with the latest innovations in tech at Kano, a computer kit company. Over the Easter holiday, the family took the three-hour trip into London to check out company headquarters. Kano had reached out to Chloe via her Twitter — naturally — after hearing about her Google letter.
Just this week it was announced that the young sisters are the newest board members for Kano’s product innovation board, which means they’ll be testing out new products and giving the company feedback before they go to market. Already the girls were sent a kid computer kit to build and play with.
"She’s having fun experimenting on her own," Julie said.
Computer testing is now all in the family.
The sisters will have to work out sharing computer time, since their mom said fights are already brewing over who gets to play with the device.
"Hollie’s a bit miffed on Chloe getting all the attention," Julie said, but it helps that both girls are both included with computer kit testing, so they both feel involved and excited.
Meanwhile their parents, Julie and Andy, are still overwhelmed by the attention stemming from Chloe’s letter.
"We both have our moments when we say, ‘Crikey, this is really happening,’" Julie said.
Back in class this week — the girls haven’t missed any school during all this — a teacher played Kano’s promo video of the girls playing and Andy talking about his daughters’ relationship to technology and computers.
"The teachers are really proud of her," Julie said about Chloe. And because of the success of her Google letter, her friends have taken inspiration and are writing their own, too.
All this for a 7-year-old, who at this rate, as her mom noted with a chuckle, is poised to have an "amazing CV by the time she’s 10."