IonQ is the leader in universal quantum computing. We believe the best way to build a quantum computer is by starting with nature: IonQ uses individual atoms as the heart of our quantum processing units. We levitate them in space with semiconductor-defined electrodes on a chip, and then use lasers to do everything from initial preparation to final readout and the quantum gate operations in between. It requires counterintuitive physics, precision optical and mechanical engineering, and fine-grained firmware control over a variety of components. IonQ was founded in 2015 by Jungsang Kim and Christopher Monroe.