SON NGUYEN

SON NGUYEN

Founder & CEO
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Dat Bike
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Born and raised in Vietnam, Son Nguyen was interested in software engineering early on; in high school, he was one of a few selected students to compete in national and international Computer Science competitions. After high school, Son left Vietnam to pursue his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Computer Science from University of Illinois.

With a strong technical foundation and engineering interests, Son kick-started his career as an engineer at some of the top companies in Silicon Valley, including Microsoft. Surrounded by early tech-adopters, especially when it comes to electric cars (think Tesla), Son was inspired to mirror the technological solution to solve a large existing problem in Vietnam.  

Digging deeper, Son realized that all incumbent electric bikes have low power (only ⅓ vs. gas) and short range (50km). Most of them were made for the China market where bikes are smaller and meant to carry a single person on short distances.

Witnessing the increasing adoption rate of electric vehicles in both the U.S. and Europe, Son is optimistic about a similar future adoption trend for Vietnam and Southeast Asia, where more than 200M people commute with gas bikes daily.  

Having seen no existing solution in the market that entices consumers to make the switch, Son decided to move back to Vietnam and build an electric bike from scratch that not only goes faster than a gas bike but also allows users to travel the whole week without a recharge.  

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