One of the changes we’re working on over here at Style Lemon is to focus on products that are more eco and people friendly, all in an effort to strive towards a greener and more organic lifestyle. And this next post and interview are the very beginning of that.
Go green, go modern, go FlyKly Smart Wheel. Back in 2011, Niko Klansek, CEO and founder of FlyKly, introduced the FlyKly electric bicycles to the US market. The idea was well accepted, but since Niko is one of those people who always look for the better and bigger, a true think-outside-the-box person, he hasn’t stopped there. With the help of his team he developed the FlyKly Smart Wheel and today we are happy to have Niko as our interview guest.
Style Lemon: Niko, would you please shortly describe what exactly the FlyKly Smart Wheel is and how the idea for it was born?
Niko: FlyKly Smart Wheel is an all-in-one paddle assist that turns any bicycle into a smart bicycle. The idea for it was born through the FlyKly electric bicycle. To be honest, from the practical point of view, wherever I would go with a bicycle I would get sweaty and felt unpresentable for the meeting.
Style Lemon: The idea for this project was presented on Kickstarter. Your goal was to reach $100,000 within 40 days and you reached that number in just 35 hours. Tell me about this experience? By the way, the project reached high $701,239 at the end.
Niko: We were really surprised and on the other hand very flattered that so many people believed in us.
Style Lemon: Was a celebration in order?
Niko: When the campaign was finished, we were sitting with the team and getting our website launched, so at that moment we were happy and at the same time we felt a big responsibility.
Style Lemon: First, it was “just” a FlyKly Smart Wheel, now it has that true value added to it. Which levels of smart have you already met and which ones are you still in the progress of making?
Niko: The FlyKly Smart Wheel, Smart Light and Smart Application are just the beginning of the FlyKly vision. All these products are available at flykly.com. FlyKly wants to improve the way we commute and make the cities more people friendly.
Style Lemon: You also work on other projects, such as E4B, SportBoard and BizMe. Where does this drive come from?
Niko: I love to work on different projects with different people and I really love to help and share my knowledge. For example, BizMe is a new project I have just started and it helps projects with advising and funding.
Style Lemon: How do you manage it all together?
Niko: It’s easy. I do what I love.
Style Lemon: Is there a person, thing or a book that you’ve found particularly inspirational on your journey?
Niko: I used to play basketball, so Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson. And then in business, my family is my inspiration and people that have done remarkable things that have changed the world for the better place.
Style Lemon: What’s next for Niko Klansek, new products, ideas…?
Niko: I just want to continue to grow and make many different projects successful.
Style Lemon: Since you had lived most of your life in New York City can you let us in on some of your favorite spots or favorite things about the city?
Niko: Favorite things about the city are people and the energy. Favorite spots: a hot dog place in Nolita called Asiadog, living in Soho and riding a bicycle around Hudson River Park.
Style Lemon: Any final thoughts?
Niko: We are living in a place and time of history where it’s on us to make our habits and lifestyle sustainable. So FlyKly is just a little part of this and we hope to inspire people and make the difference.
Style Lemon: Niko, thank you very much for taking the time today. Style Lemon wishes you a lot success in the future and hopefully the world becomes not only modern, but also greener thanks to you.
Niko: Thanks for having me and welcome to visit our website.