Who Needs Cars When You’ve Got Fold-Up Scooters & Electric Bikes?
Just because CES is over doesn’t mean we’re not still oohing and ahhing over all the new gadgets and gizmos that were announced last week. We’ll continue highlighting the best of CES for the next few days here on Brit.co, and this next installment is all about easing your daily commute.
At CES this year, Urb-E and Faraday Bikes both announced new innovations to two-wheeled transportation. Urb’s e-vehicle is a ridiculously compact motorized scooter, and Faraday’s Porteur aims to be a beautiful, functional electric bike.
First up, the scoop on Urb-E’s e-vehicle. This super compact electric scooter folds up, making it small enough to fit in between your legs while sitting on a train, bus or car. This compactness also makes it easy to bring in anywhere you go.
Urb-E’s got plans for public charging stations, but for now you’ll charge at home. One battery charge gets you 20 miles of movement, which is great for commuting in a city. In terms of speed, the max is 15 mph, which is also city-friendly.
The part we love the most? The fact that you can customize your scooter with sleeve inserts in the colors of your choice. Oh, and those sweet LED lights ;)
The price point is speculated at $1,500 a pop — we’ll know more when the Kickstarter campaign launches in the next few months. Stay tuned!
Next up, The Faraday Porteur. Dubbed “the ultimate modern utility bike,” the Porteur is a beautiful electric bike, made with design top of mind.
There’s a motor on its front wheel and batteries stored inside the frame, making it look like a regular city commuter bike rather than a bulky electric bike.
It has a 350-watt motor, which works to about three times typical human power. Naturally, that measurement is slightly subjective, but we’re all about getting a little power to boost us up all the crazy hills in San Francisco.
The great thing about the Porteur is the fact that it operates as a regular commuter bike when you want it to, and simply gives you a little extra power when you need it. The battery isn’t bulky, which means its not adding a ton of weight for regular biking. The Porteur is available for pre-order for a cool $3,500. Definitely an investment.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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