About Us

PEAR: An Acronym for performance enhancing audio research

PEAR Sports

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 users 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) have 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.

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

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

    CTO / Co-Founder

    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.



Two years ago I came down with a mysterious illness. I had problems with nausea and low blood pressure. It took nearly all of those two years before I was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. In the meantime, I donated a kidney to my brother, and lost about twenty pounds (about a quarter of my body weight at the time). By the time I received my diagnosis, I was too weak from surgery and my illness to get much exercise. Once I started getting better, I gained most of the weight back, but had lost much of my energy and muscle tone. I wanted to get back in shape, and find a happy medium between my weight when I was well and my weight when I was sick; but I couldn’t afford to hire a trainer. Then I found Pear. Since purchasing a Pear system in January of this year, I’ve completed 34 workouts and burned over 10,000 calories. I’ve dropped six pounds. And I’ve become someone who works out regularly again. I currently work out 6 days a week, doing weight lifting and HIIT or fat burning runs on alternate days. Something else happened in the last two years: I got engaged! I’m getting married in the fall and, thanks to Pear, I’m going to look smashing in my wedding dress!


I like the fact that PEAR just works. What it does, it does extremely well. I have a friend who is a personal trainer for cyclists and he did some metabolic testing with me and he gave me this big program that included target heart rates but it required me to constantly look at a heart rate monitor while I ran and it became a total pain. I consider my runs “me” time, and I get lost in the music. In my job I produce videos and some my best ideas and creativity come while I’m running. The less distraction, the better. If I’m constantly looking at a watch I’m never able to get into that zone. With PEAR I just put the headphones on and do what it says. It’s very easy to get lost in the moment when all you’re doing is following directions. I’ve tried a bunch of health gadgets that promised results but didn’t deliver, until I used PEAR. It has become an indispensable part of my running program.


A little over 5 years ago, Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through treatment, her body suffered, she just wanted to be healthy again and be able to do even the simplest tasks by herself. Five years later, at 49, Kathy feels extremely blessed to hit her 5-year survivor mark. She finally completed her chemotherapy medication and was officially declared in REMISSION! So what would anyone in this situation do? Run a marathon! In April of 2014, fresh off her medication, Kathy and her nephew Zach decided they were going to train and run their first marathon together. With Kathy being in Minnesota and her nephew being in Florida one would think this was going to be a difficult task. But they both decided to use Matt Fitzgerald’s Marathon Training Plan so that while they were far apart, they could still train together. Close to the end of the training plan, Zach moved closer to Kathy for college and they were able to use their PEAR and train together.