What’s the inspiration behind Lynx City?
We wanted to create a micromobilty company that focused not only on electric means of transportation, but also helped the planet in other ways. At first, we took this idea to a few city officials. We landed a partnership with a small town in CT, who agreed to deploy 50 scooters to prove the concept. Once we saw our idea in action, we started bidding outside of CT and landed Orlando, FL, where we went toe-to-toe with some big competitors. We've only grown from there.
You've built a business model where you donate to charity with every ride. Why did you take this approach?
As soon as we realized we wanted to name our company after an animal, we made the decision that a portion of our funds will go back to saving our planet. We operate in different geographic areas and want to be able to help different types of wildlife in the environments where we work. We've supported a number of organizations to date, and we only plan to pledge more funds in the future. We find that this is a great way to share our company's values with our customers and to make Lynx more than an electric scooter brand.
How did you meet your co-founders?
I met Dave Harvey by happenstance, when we sat next to each other at our wives’ nursing school award ceremony. We were both serial entrepreneurs and hit it off instantly. Five years later we founded Lynx City.
Nathaniel Brogadir popped into my sights after we first started Lynx. After Dave introduced us, we had a great brainstorming session and we quickly realized Nat was what our company was missing.
How do you balance your team as the the CEO of two companies, Lynx City and Complete Control Systems?
I have a great team of business partners who have put together a strong team of staff members. It’s easy to oversee two companies when the people you work with are great at what they do.
It’s easy to oversee two companies when the people you work with are great at what they do.
How do you handle risk and competition?
Consumer education, employee training, and a massive insurance policy. Competition will always exist and keeps us all on our toes.
What’s been the #1 (or two) top challenge(s) you’ve faced while launching your company?
Besides the elephant in the room (COVID-19), I would have to say startup capital. Micromobilty is a very capital-forward business and requires a large fund to start in each city.
What is your superpower?
Being able to talk with any type of personality.
What’s your kryptonite?
Negativity. The problem with negativity in general is that it brings everyone down. There are tough situations every day, but I prefer to take them in stride, rather than being negative. I encourage our team to stay positive through the difficult times and and to keep on course.
Do you have any other hobbies/things you like to do in your spare time?
I'm the Executive Officer of the Lake Candlewood Chapter of The United States Power Squadron, which promotes boating safety. I love adventure, woodworking, and time spent with friends and family.
Do you have a(ny) mentor(s)? If so, what have they taught you?
Eight years ago my brother and mentor passed away at the young age of 41. He was my best friend and taught me that life is too short not to take risks. I try to enjoy every moment as if it was my last.