We create smart and electric bikes that we can sell to city dwellers around the globe, and our bikes recognize their riders. They have alarms, they have automatic lights, they have anti-theft tracking and a team of bike hunters that hunt them down and retrieve them when stolen.
Today we’re super excited to be talking with Daan Rekkers of VanMoof USA, and that might not be a name that you’re familiar with yet, but you’re going to be at some point because VanMoof is rethinking the way the world is biking. So when you sit on one of their newly crafted smart bikes, you’re kind of taken into the future where no one else has gone before, so let’s jump in and Daan what do you do at VanMoof, did I say that right, VanMoof?
[00:02:37] Well let's start from the very beginning, what is VanMoof?
[00:03:15] So when we talk about what's smart about them as a rider, what am I experiencing that's different than other bikes?
[00:04:24] What is the philosophy behind the bikes, how did this get started, what's the thinking behind it?
[00:06:51] Daan I'm really interested in the security factor with your bikes, you spoke before about three stages, what are your three security stages?
[00:07:46] So if somebody is walking by and they hear this which they do, is that a first indication, is that an alarm that you would know to call the police for?
[00:09:29] Wow, can we get into what the average cost is per bike?
[00:11:15] What are the different ways that people in the different countries and different cultures use your product like as far as leisure and work transportation and such?
[00:12:28] Interesting. As an American housewife, I can't imagine doing the full weekly shopping with a bicycle, how does that happen?
[00:13:02] What do you see when you dream with your team, ten years what does the new model of the smart bike look like, possible wings?
[00:14:15] Let's talk about the founders, what was their inspiration?
[00:15:01] So what is VanMoof plus, I've heard about that I don't know what it is?
[00:15:54] Wow, I mean honestly you compare that to a car, just financially let alone the environment and health-wise and everything, why would you do anything else?
[00:16:17] So what cities are you in and where are you hoping to go?
[00:16:50] What would you suggest for small, some mid companies that want to open stores for their businesses in New York or specifically Brooklyn, what advice do you have, what have you learned along the way?
[00:17:40] So if you could go back, very beginning with your Brooklyn expansion, because we all have regrets, I would have done this differently, what are the one or two things be that you do differently?
[00:18:44] So if someone wanted to contact you about more information, seeing your showroom, just trying out some bikes how would they get ahold of you?