November 13, 2014
On Tuesday, November 18, Tech Cocktail is holding TechShop’s DC Maker Event: Learn How to Build & Launch a Hardware Product Company where attendees can learn about the Maker Movement, explore TechShop DC-Arlington‘s various tools and resources, and speak with industry experts and current TechShop members.
Prior to this summer, if you were to ask me if I had ever heard of electric bikes, my response would’ve been a resounding “wut?” In June of this year, I got the pleasure of meeting the DC-based Riide at Tech Cocktail’s DC Mixer and Startup Showcase, and learned that electric bikes aren’t even exactly a new thing – they’re used all over China. The company designs, builds, and sells a lightweight, battery-powered electric bike that beats other electric bikes currently in the market – and it has the potential to make electric bikes more mainstream in the United States.
Founded by Amber Wason and Jeff Stefanis, Riide is aimed at changing the way we approach transportation. With an approx. 25- mile range, and the capability to reach speeds of 20 mph or more utilizing the bike’s electric-powered throttle. Earlier this year, the two did an interview with Court Rye of popular Electric Bike Review, where they talked a little more about Riide’s specifications and capabilities. Further, as you’ll see in the video below, Rye actually reviews Riide and notes that Wason and Stefanis actually “created something unique in the world of ebikes that speaks to me (and I’m sure many others).” A pretty impressive review, which is why it was no surprise when it was announced that Riide was one of the eight winning startups to receive a grant from the Digital DC Tech Fund.
On Tuesday, November 18, Wason will speak at TechShop’s DC Maker Event: Learn How to Build & Launch a Hardware Product Company, where she’ll likely give an update on Riide’s progress, as well as share their story on how they got involved in the Maker Movement. Additionally, if you’re interested in exploring TechShop Arlington-DC’s 22,000 square-foot space (featuring things like a wood shop, metal shop, and electronics lab), stop by before the event or stay late after – tours will be held at 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Watch the video for the Riide electric bike here:
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