This past Tuesday night I joined 300 passionate bicycle advocates at the Colorado Bike + Biz + Beer November Meetup. What is the CO Bike + Beer + Biz meetup? From CO Bike + Biz + Beer meetup page:

We’ve put together a regularly scheduled, fast-paced hour of ideas, entrepreneurs and bikes to capture some of the exciting things happening for Colorado Bikes, Biz + Beer around the Front Range.
At each event, four speakers share short pitches on bike products, events, businesses, art, design, tech, art, nutrition and any creative ideas in the bike space. This idea exchange is designed to help incubate bike biz, develop entrepreneurs, and improve all things bikes. Throw in a little bit of our community magic (read: beer and bike swag) and you have the best short weeknight party you’ve been too in a long time.

A very well organized event
A very well organized event

A Recap of November’s Announcements and Speakers

Download the slides from the presentation here

Downtown Denver Partnerships reminded everyone to come to the Grand Opening of the Arapahoe and Lawrence protected bike lanes. December 3rd at 11am. Link to come.

Luis Benitez thanked everyone for “being nuts” because we are the reason he has a job as the Director of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. 

Leslie Kehmeier from IMBA: “Have Mini-Van, Will Travel: Life on the Road Documenting Trails for IMBA + IMBA’s MTB Project”

Leslie has been traveling the country helping map and document all the open trails for the MTB Project. I always thought this app and website was another milage tracking app, but IMBA is more focused on capturing data, land use, and trail details instead of being another Strava. If you are a mountain biker please download and use this app so that IMBA can advocate on your behalf!

Rachel Scott from Quick Left: “Tips and Tricks to Weave the Bike into Your Business Decisions”

Rachel went through a quick timeline of how she used her passion of riding to help develop her career, and even examples of how she uses that passion to pitch clients.

Sarah Rawley from VIDA MTB Series: “YETI BETI: Building a Bike Around Community”

A great presentation on how a community is the key part of Yeti Cycles business plan, and creating a women’s bike was more about listening to riders instead of reinventing the wheel.

Allen Lim Dropping the Lines

Allen Lim from Skratch Labs: “Dopest Business Ever”

A motivational 5 minute talk about where Skratch came from, and how to stay humble during success. It was a great reminder that you can make something possibly out of nothing if you focus on spending less money than you have in the bank and utilize your resources well.

Join Us

Check out the next CO Bike + Biz + Beer on January 26th!

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