About Boosted: Our Founding Story

At Boosted we’re dedicated to solving problems and making life better. We want cities to feel smaller, campuses to be more accessible, and commutes to actually be enjoyable. We’re on a mission to bring fun, fast, simple transportation to everyone.

Our story begins in the summer of 2011, when Boosted’s three co-founders came together to work on a problem each had been working to solve independently.

Meet the Founding Trio

John Ulmen, then a robotics PhD candidate at Stanford, wanted a faster, more efficient way of getting around. He loved cruising across campus on his longboard, but for all the fun he was having, the exhaustion (and sweaty shirt) was impossible to ignore. To John, an electric skateboard seemed the clear solution. His first prototype was controlled by an RC airplane remote and had no brakes, but it could reach 20+ miles an hour and climb hills with ease. On John’s very first ride, onlookers chased him down to ask about the board. The market potential was clear.

On John’s very first ride, onlookers chased him down to ask about the board. The market potential was clear.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Dastoor, a classmate of John’s, had been collaborating with another former classmate, Matt Tran, on a similar project. Both envisioned a future where people would opt for an alternative form of transportation that would actually add joy to people’s daily lives. They were intrigued by Segway, but knew that to make a meaningful impact, they needed to build something people actually wanted to ride. Enter John’s kickass prototype.

Sanjay, ever the visionary connector, asked Matt and John to join forces, and Boosted was born.

Success on Kickstarter

From there, things accelerated quickly. The trio were accepted into two of the most prestigious incubators – Y Combinator and Start X. In the Fall of 2012, Boosted launched one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns to date.

 

In late 2013, Boosted shipped its first ever production boards to customers and the response was overwhelmingly positive. 2014 became a year of scaling as the company worked to produce the hundreds of boards from its Kickstarter campaign and the growing pre-order backlog. With every board shipped, the buzz kept growing louder and people began to see the board not only as a fun, fast skateboard, but as a viable, vehicle-grade form of transportation.

Today, the paradigm has shifted – to date, our community has amassed over 10 million miles ridden across the globe. Last mile transportation and urban mobility, once the domain of public policy wonks, is one of the hottest topics in Silicon Valley and the mainstream media. And we couldn’t be more excited.

 

Our team continues to explore the limits of imagination, seeking every day to develop the future of living and moving. We’re an eclectic mix of tinkerers, problem solvers, city dwellers, nature lovers, and engineering nerds tackling major commuting issues with one goal: to make urban transportation faster, easier, and a whole lot more fun. We welcome you to join in on the journey. You’re gonna love getting there.