Superpedestrian Inc

Superpedestrian is focused on developing single and double-occupancy vehicles for trips under 50 miles. We specialize in developing human-enhancing technologies which enable the creation of small vehicles that are both nimble and a joy to ride. 

 

Our first product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is the first human-enhancing transportation technology available to the mass market. Almost any bike can be equipped with the Copenhagen Wheel, which senses the rider’s motions and amplifies their pedaling power by up to 10 times using the drive system embedded within the sleek red hub.

The Team

The Superpedestrian team is comprised of some of the most talented designers, developers, and engineers ever assembled, all focused on transforming the future urban mobility. 

Assaf

Assaf Biderman

Assaf has a background in physics as well as in design. He is a co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel and Associate Director of the SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT.

Gil

Gil Arbel

A 25 year industry expert, he brings experience in product management, channel and business development, marketing and global operations. Led small and large businesses such as: CA Technologies (Computer Associates), Cheyenne, Sapiens and FalconStor. Results driven, he helps the team successfully strategize and execute.

Eric

Eric Barber

Previously led the engineering group for a high-end engineering services company that specialized in development of advanced technology mobility solutions.

James

James Simard

James, previously was part of the Titanoboa team, a 50ft wirelessly controlled robotic snake weighing 1 ton, and worked as an electrical technician for UBCs acoustics labs.

Julian

Julian Fong

Previously, Julian was at the BC Cancer Agency, developing an automated system to transfer radioactive liquids and microchips that sorted human cells.

JD

JD Heinzmann

JD is trained as a mechanical engineer with emphasis on automatic control systems. Over the last 18 years he has been focused on the development of the electric propulsion systems for the iBot stair-climbing wheelchair, the Segway Personal Transporter, and the Harvest Automation decorative plant- moving robot.

Nili

Nili [Onili] Ohayon

Nili, onili, is a singer, producer, and videographer. She performs worldwide and releases music & videos continuously. She is Superpedestrian’s artistic director, managing product image, and public outreach.

Ryan

Ryan Schneider

With prior expertise in product management and materials engineering at 3D Systems, he has a breadth of knowledge allowing him to understand the entire product, its features and how it will benefit the customer. Currently, developing replicable processes to solve and avoid product-centric issues.

Ed

Ed Thomas

Prior to joining Superpedestrian he worked as a bicycle mechanic at Harris Cyclery. He's an expert mechanic, but his skills extend far beyond the workstand. His interests and skills are wide ranging as showcased by his enthusiasm tackling challenging and fulfilling projects.

MB

Marybeth Whitney

With a background in administrative services, she continues to leap into new technologies feeding off the energy and excitement of getting the first version out the door. Believing that there are no problems, only situations that need to be resolved keeps Superpedestrian moving forward.

Mike

Mike Ziolek

Most recently at Kiva Systems designing plastics and other parts for Amazon fulfillment robots. Ranging in experience from hand-made prototypes to full scale production, he is focused on making a difference in people's everyday lives by improving user experience and simplicity in his designs.

Walter

Walter Xu

Walter comes to Superpedestrian after internships in a variety of fields: MEMS accelerometers, medical device product development, and drone aircraft. Brings a sharp eye and creative insight to his work, solving complex problems by breaking them down before building them back up.

Nate

Nate Typrowicz-Cohen

After first joining the team as a bike mechanic, Nate transitioned to the mechanical engineering department upon finishing school. His knowledge of bicycles helps inform both the design and testing work that he does as a member of the mechanical team. He also occasionally graces the front page of the Superpedestrian website as one of our models.

Dustin

Dustin Duane

Dustin came from Giant Bicycle. He leads the Customer Support team and runs our HUB service partner program. Dustin is a logistical machine, and has serious opinions on everything.

Goss

Goss Nuzzo-Jones

Prior to joining Superpedestrian, Goss was a principal software engineer for Runkeeper. He now brings his dry wit and experience in mobile app and backend development to his work with the Copenhagen Wheel. He is also known as the Lord of Lunch.

john

John Allwein

Experience managing finances at a number of venture backed tech companies. With a diverse skill set he engages with engineering and marketing teams to develop financial plans.

Maggy

Maggy Hillen

Maggy leads development of the iOS app at Superpedestrian. In her spare time she fights against the injustice of rigorous Python linting and the macabre intrusion of melted cheeses onto lunch menus. On weekends she leads a quiet pastoral life, herding sheep and feeding chickens on her farm in Lowell.

Jon

Jon Leehey

A systems engineer focused on power; from power electronics to energy storage to alternative energy technologies all the while finding and solving issues due to hardware, firmware or user errors.

Andrew

Andrew Mandelbaum

Before joining Superpedestrian, Andrew studied mechanical engineering and worked in patent law. Enjoys any problem that forces him to learn something new and is excited to get the chance to help change the way we move around cities.

Gene

Gene Ruiter

Gene is an experienced Wheelsmith with 20 years in the bicycle industry. He offers an array of technical skills and knowledge that supports customer service, engineering, and production efforts with a focus on continuous improvement and rider experience.

 

Cailin

Cailin Doran

Cailin Doran finds great joy in getting bike guys to talk about musicals. She has a Masters Degree from the Boston Conservatory, and has spent years in high-end customer service. She will be the first person to notice your new haircut, and is unafraid to sit on the floor and talk about feelings.

Megan

Megan Morrow

Megan joined Superpedestrian after spending many hours in the saddle biking around Copenhagen and across the US. She supports our CEO while also lending a hand to the Service & Support and Events teams.

Deb

M. Debra Scheiman

Over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and new product implementation. Extensive experience in the design and implementation of lean prototype and pilot manufacturing lines.

Erin

Erin DiPersio

Erin arrived at Superpedestrian after completing her Undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Here, her customer service experiences are bring put to work as as she duels the Events and Customer Service teams.

Cathrine

Catherine Malloy

Embedded Software Test Engineer. Previously worked for a German pneumatic valve manufacturer, Norgren GmbH., developing the electronics for industrial automation applications.

Horatio

Horatio Yuxin Han

Horatio Yuxin Han is an award winning designer-tinkerer who adventures through the strange worlds of technology and design. Before he joined Superpedestrian, he taught machines to draw portraits, designed robots that interact with humans, and built lighting that appears to float in thin air.

chris

Chris Amory

Broad background with extensive experience in manufacturing, engineering, operations and supply chain management and have successfully managed many projects from sourcing wind turbine components to setting up production facilities in China and Turkey.

Matt

Matt Cole

After helping to build the embedded software team at ClearMotion (nee Levant Power) Matt joined the team to help write Superpedestrian's on-board wheel code. He is an experienced embedded software engineer who has worked in automotive, consumer electronics and telecommunications. After graduating from WPI he has worked for a number of startups in his career.

David

David Michael

David began his love of mechanical engineering when at the age of 12 he rebuilt the carburetor on his mom's car. Since then, he's designed everything from hard drives for computers to fuel cell systems. He leads the mechanical engineering team at Superpedestrian, and is delighted to work with so many creative, smart and dedicated people.

Joe

Joe Hermann

As a software engineer with experience in full-stack web development, Joe brings his passion for problem-solving and a discerning ear for hip hop to the team at Superpedestrian.

Vishal

Vishal Rao

Vishal is a recent graduate of Northeastern University. Since joining the team as a web developer, he has spent an inordinate amount of time (unwillingly) building Drupal widgets and stubbornly rebasing rather than merging. He enjoys board games, ramen and hard cider.

Jessica

Jessica Berger

Jessica joins us after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a bachelor's degree in Microbiology. Jessica is passionate about sustainability, science, and social justice. She has volunteered with many non-profits, and brings her skills to the Customer Service and Support Team and the Events Team.

Sam

Sam Letcher

Sam is a Massachusetts native and Northeastern Alum who has a strong affinity for craft beer and nerf guns. He's a sensitive Cancer who often yells at his computer while optimizing the Android user experience.

Jon T

Jon O'Toole

Jon activates communities and empowers consumers. As a co-founder of BzzAgent, he was doing it for over a decade alongside leading Fortune 500 brands with millions of consumers around the globe.

Corey

Corey Fraser

Previously with Panera Bread, Corey is an Android developer who works on all aspects of our Android app.

Carl

Carl Calabria

Carl is passionate about creating works of enduring value and building high-performance teams. He has led engineering for iRobot, Sonos, Avid, Markforged and co-founded Truevision. He is an avid photographer, adventure traveler, and a not half bad soccer player.

Christy Jensen

Christy Jensen

Christy is a bike industry veteran with extensive experience working on both the OEM and retailers sides, working for such companies and Specialized Bicycles and Competitive Cyclist.  She manages partner accounts here at Superpedestrian and one of the friendly and knowledgeable faces you'll see at our offsite demo events. When she isn't in the office she enjoys riding bikes off-road and craft beverages. 

Jack

Jack Seitz

A born storyteller, Jack has spent the past 20 years developing strategies to forge strong connections between brands and their audiences.  He leads Superpedestrian’s marketing efforts when he’s not shuttling his three sons to baseball, basketball and soccer games. 

Kyle

Kyle Kowalsky

Kyle has joined the team bringing his experience in both retail and Software Quality Assurance to the Customer Support and Development teams. He is an enthusiast of bikes, beards, beers, batman, alliteration, breaking patterns, and music.

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Will Lendway

Will Lendway is a proud Nantucket native. After studying engineering and traveling the world, he still likes to get his hands dirty in our bike workshop. Will spends his spare time cooking, gardening and bringing island flavor to our frigid Cambridge HQ.

Strategic Advisors

Carlo

Carlo Ratti

An architect and engineer by training he practices in Italy and teaches as Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, he is a co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel.

Antonio

Antonio Bertone

Previously Chief Marketing Officer and board member at PUMA, he brings over 20 years of passion and experience in brand management and marketing expertise to everything he does.