This Longboard Company Is Rethinking Electric Vehicles

Stanford grad and robotics engineer Sanjay Dastoor didn’t grow up skateboarding, but he now runs Boosted Boards, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that aims to build the world’s lightest electric vehicles. 

While studying engineering at Stanford, Dastoor and friends found themselves talking about how to get around campus faster. Their solution was an electric longboard. 

Soon after, Dastoor co-founded Boosted, and his team raised nearly half a million in crowdsourced funding through Kickstarter. During the manufacturing process, however, the company hit several road blocks, including pricing the product too low. 

Dastoor also participated in the Y Combinator and StartX accelerator programs and kept refining Boosted Boards’s process along the way. His team listened to consumers, focused on product quality and personalized customer service.

They are launching the second-generation Boosted Board this quarter with a removable battery pack, double the distance capacity and other significant improvements.

As a filmmaker, I’ve started using a Boosted Board for my video productions that require tracking or movement. It’s as smooth or better than a dolly or rail system. But whether you are cruising the beach or commuting a couple of miles to work, the board can get you where you need to go.

Watch this full episode of Behind the Brand with Boosted Boards and get inspired to bring your great invention to market or solve an interesting problem. 

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