How do you find your purpose as an entrepreneur? And what do you do after you find it to build a successful business? We're talking to the President of Brooklyn Bicycle Co Ryan Zagata about his journey from tech to bicycles that all started after he took a trip to Vietnam. Learn how he discovered his purpose and the actions he took to transform Brooklyn Bicycle Co. from an idea to reality.
Episode 22: A Conversation with Ryan Zagata, President of Brooklyn Bicycle Co.
The George Hahn Podcast
Ryan Zagata is the president and founder of Brooklyn Bicycle Co., formerly Brooklyn Cruiser. Before starting the company, Ryan was selling software. Naturally, my question was: How does a guy go from selling software to starting a bicycle company? So, I rode my Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Willow 3-speed out to the company HQ in Brooklyn to have a conversation with Ryan about connecting those dots.We talked about his strict but nurturing Catholic upbringing in Syracuse, NY, his nearly flunking out of college, his first job with a New York senator, his excitement and fears about leaving the “security” of a corporate job and breaking out on his own, and his formula for running a successful business that more than doubled its projected sales in its first year.One of the components of this formula is a piece of advice from the highly-respected bicycle industry veteran and author Grant Petersen, who is the author of Just Ride and the designer of Ryan’s bicycles. His advice? Stay out of the industry. It sounds strange and counter-intuitive, but it makes total sense when you listen to the podcast.I always enjoy talking to Ryan, and I loved this conversation. I hope you do, too.