The Talking to Tech People Podcast w/ Jason Frazell
Daniel Tonkopi, Founder and CEO of Delfast, global leader in the e-bikes industry
Jason and Daniel talk about Daniel's path from a bike messenger company to developing the world record holding e-bike for both speed and distance, Daniel shares the biggest mistake he made earlier in his career that could have saved him a year of development and a lot of money. Jason and Daniel spend some time talking about the war in Ukraine and what it's like to have team members right in the thick of it while still trying to do their job.
Daniel Tonkopi is founder and chief executive officer of Delfast, Inc. Daniel is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of successful business experience. His previous entrepreneurial endeavors include best.ua, a Ukrainian business reviews service; X-Rift, an augmented reality mobile game; and Million Dollar Startup, a Kyiv-based startup school. In 2014, Daniel set out to transform the future of transportation and combat climate change with Delfast’s innovative e-bikes. He has since grown the company into a disruptive global e-bike leader that holds a Guinness World Record for greatest distance (228 miles) traveled on a single charge. In addition to Delfast, Daniel also serves as a business and entrepreneurial mentor for MiniBoss School, Startup Ukraine, and the Central Asia FLEX business program. He is an author, a former radio host, and is a prolific speaker, having appeared at dozens of industry conferences globally. Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations from Kazakh Economic University.