A Feature on the ChiliPad Innovators
Meet our FoundersCo-founders Todd and Tara Youngblood harness 11 years of sleep-experience to catalyze your nighttime with one pivotal focus: sleep-driven health. With Tara’s extensive background in science and research and Todd’s success in sales and product development, the duo has revolutionized sleep-improvement technology by focusing on the final frontier of sleep optimization: temperature.
Todd and Tara’s academic and professional expertise, endless hard work and community-focused commitment to helping others sets them apart as sleep and technology development experts, as well as small business owners.
Tara the Scientist
“You don’t need more sleep, you need better sleep,” says Tara Youngblood, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at Kryo Inc.
Since launching the ChiliPad in 2007, Tara has spent over 10,000 hours studying the science of sleep. You know that whole rule that to be an expert at anything you have to spend 10,000 doing it? Yeah, Tara definitely qualifies as an expert in sleep science.
Applying her analytical skills from her physics and engineering background, her passion currently is to shape the future of sleep-driven health by making sleep easy and drug-free.
Tara’s unique approach to accomplishing this goal combines multiple disciplines, including Alternative Medicine, Physics, and Sleep Diagnostics. She works with leading international researchers to further studies on cold therapy and its impact on sleep.
In 2018, Tara authored a leading white paper, connecting over 70 research papers to the effects of temperature and sleep quality. Her research has led to over a dozen patent filings and opportunities to speak on international stages as an expert on sleep science. As co-founder and executive of Kryo, Tara contributes to the strategic direction and daily operations of the company.
Prior to the founding of Kryo, Tara became a seasoned entrepreneur with market leading ingenuity and ability to identify market opportunities. She made multiple successful exits from ventures founded over the past 20 years and has marketing and product development experience stretching across many market segments and distribution models.
Born in Alberta, Canada, Tara is a passionate global traveler, with visits to five continents and over a dozen countries. She is involved with multiple community philanthropic activities, including youth sports and international relief trips. She is constantly seeking new opportunities to improve the quality of life by those most affected with sleep disorders.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “This woman does it all,” you would be correct.
Todd the Innovator
As for our Co-Founder and CEO, Todd Youngblood leverages his experience as a proven entrepreneur to change the way the world sleeps. Todd (with the help of his lifetime business partner, Tara,) has created, acquired and successfully exited multiple businesses in the past 18 years.
His long-term venture is to shape the future of sleep-driven health with sleep temperature optimizing technology.
Todd directs operations of our North Carolina-based headquarters, leading the company’s exponential growth in the past 3 years. He is a prolific innovator with contributions to over a dozen patent filings, as well as a seasoned operator in global supply chain and lean startup practices.
Todd is also highly effective at connecting athletes, military and other niche groups to product offerings. His track record consists of managing high growth companies with 6 consecutive years on the Inc 5000 list.
Todd has even accumulated over 2.5 million miles building markets with innovative products all across the world.
Todd is the father of four energetic boys he has with his wife, Tara, and, when he’s not flying around the world, he enjoys coaching youth football.