Jim has always been a hands-on sort of guy. He spent his teen years building stuff and wrenched in a bike shop. In college, he joined the solar car race team and spent far more effort designing and building solar cars than he did on classes. Fortunately, Jim had a knack for standardized tests and was accepted to graduate school in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. While there, he worked a bit on hybrid car technology and did his thesis on race car data acquisition. In 2006, he quit his real job and moved to Australia with his wife to train more and find inspiration. He was only there a few weeks before he really wanted a power meter, but didn’t like the options. Jim realized that his background in bicycles, engineering and data was a good fit, so he decided to build one himself — and then Quarq was born. Quarq started shipping their first production units 2.5 years later in June 2008. In 2009, Quarq sponsored Cervelo TestTeam, a professional cycling team lead by Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre.