About Us

PEAR: an acronym for Performace Enchancing Audio Research


about us

our story

In 2011, years before personal tracking devices took over the market, Bob Allison and Kristian Rauhala founded PEAR. With backgrounds steeped in innovative audio products, our two founders understood the power of sound and its direct effect on performance. Their vision was simple - help people train not only smarter, but make training enjoyable, so that they get the most out of each workout and stay motivated to accomplish their goals. From this idea, our real-time audio coaching was born.

Initially, PEAR set out to design hardware that would elevate a user's fitness experience. As technology evolved, so did our focus. We realized quickly that what users were actually craving was an intuitive, interactive coaching platform with carefully curated content. Powered with this knowledge we created a first-of-its-kind app, known as the PEAR Sports App. The development of our innovative coach authoring tools (CAT) has set us apart from apps that strictly track data, and allows us to provide dynamic, real-time and interactive audio coaching. Today, the PEAR Sports App boasts thousands of workouts and training plans ranging from running to yoga to kayaking. Our goal is to introduce our users to Olympians, World-Champions, and fitness innovators all accessible via a quick download on iOS and Android devices.

Today, PEAR is proud to have a team of twenty of Southern California’s best and brightest. Our team continuously strives to shape the future of fitness technology and elevate user experience. We look forward to being a part of your fitness journey.


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PEAR tracks, monitors and performs the calculations for you, taking your performance to new heights.

how we got our start

our founders

bob allison

Bob Allison is the founder and managing partner of Innovate Partners, LLC, an operationally oriented venture capital investment and advisory company serving emerging growth companies. Innovate has been the lead investor in a number of successful emerging companies including Jabra, InterWorks, Emisense, Expensable Software and Ultimate Ears, amongst others. Mr. Allison also served as a General Partner of Edgewater Private Equity Funds, based in Chicago from 1998 through 2004.

kristian rauhala

Kristian is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Co-Founder of PEAR Sports. He is an entrepreneur who seeks to turn his passions and interests into new endeavors. Kristian was formerly the CEO and Co-Founder of H2O Audio, a product that provides waterproof audio products with high quality sound. Prior to that, Kristian co-founded Ohmlop, LLC, an earth friendly technology company that focuses on eco-friendly alternatives for consumer electronics products. An avid triathlete and surfer, Kristian lives in Solana Beach, CA.