Erik de Brun is one of the co-owners of Redshift Sports. He took some time while at Sea Otter to chat with Ben about Redshift as a company, the products, his background, pole vaulting, and more.
About Redshift Sports:
“Redshift Sports was founded in 2013 by Stephen, Erik, and Scott with the goal of making components that help cyclists and triathletes ride further, faster, and more comfortably on the bikes they already own. We are a small group of mechanical engineers who happen to be avid (if somewhat average) cyclists and triathletes.
Prior to founding Redshift Sports, we managed (and still manage) Ripple Design LLC, an engineering consulting and product design firm in Philadelphia. Ripple Design works on a wide range of products, from medical devices to large-scale landmine clearance equipment. We drew on this extensive design, prototyping and manufacturing experience to bring our first product – the Switch Aero System – to market.
In June 2013, we launched the Switch Aero System on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding platform that lets independent backers jump-start small businesses and projects. The response was overwhelming – people loved the idea of maximizing the versatility of their existing road bikes. We raised 2.5 times our original funding goal, which allowed us to bring the system to market. We can’t thank our Kickstarter backers enough – none of this would have been possible without their support! You can check out the original Kickstarter video below – the system has evolved a lot since those first prototype units!
In late 2015, we launched our second product – the ShockStop – on Kickstarter. The response was again fantastic and with our backers help we were able to bring the ShockStop to market in 2016.”
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