I've been a biker since my teens. I started on a Jawa 50cc moped (my dad had a Jawa bike when he was a young man in Romania) and the graduated to my first bike at the age of 15: a Suzuki TS180 Enduro.. I would "push" it to various trails and deserted beaches along the St. Lawrence river and meet up with friends. All my buddies had bikes and for us, they represented freedom. It didn't matter if rained or if we had to scrape ice off the seat. We traveled, camped and got into trouble.
Fast forward many years later to my 30th birthday. A buddy of mine, Paul Graham, was selling his Yamaha Seca 650. He had offered to sell it to me after having lent it to me while he was away on various business trips but I turned him down. We had a one year old in the house and I didn't think my wife would be to crazy about me riding a bike. Little did I know that my wife, who had ridden on my original Jawa and Suzuki bikes, had purchased it and was planning on surprising me with it. What a thrill that day was … driving the bike around our 1 acre backyard with ballons on it in front of all my friends who had shown up for the surprise party. I still have the Seca 650, though it needs a lot of TLC. I'm probably going to need a new bike to make it to Sturgis, South Dakota for the Buffalo Chip this summer … it is a long way from Ottawa, Canada (26 hours to be specific).
Fast forward a few more years to 2012. I was on a business trip in San Francisco and my buddy Paul, who had moved from Ottawa to San Diego, invited me to drop by for a few days. He had since launched a motorcycle customization business as well as BikerBuddy, a company that manufactures active safety gear for bikes.
While sitting around the pool, I showed him what we were up to at FaveQuest. We had just launched MyEventApps, an affordable solution for building mobile apps and I was pretty excited about the product. To demonstrate the power of the solution, Paul and I built an app over the weekend. The app, called BikeQuest (now MyRiderApp) was aimed at bikers in southern California. It includes events and the best routes and biker friendly spots in the area. He couldn't believe how easy it was to build an app using MyEventApps and wanted in: we signed up his company, Dynamic Solutions Group, to rep MyEventApps in the motorcycle market.
Paul's relationships in the biker business, coupled with our success in the mobile market in the last year eventually led to massive opportunity to build an app for Sturgis Buffalo Chip. With nearly 500,000 attendees, it is the world's largest music festival for bikers. Paul is heading up from San Diego and Bill Love (FaveQuest President and co-founder), Shawn Griffin (FaveQuest VP Business Development) and I are all heading to Sturgis in late July! We may post pictures
Read more about Sturgis and FaveQuest in the Ottawa Citizen right HERE.
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