Okay. So here’s my totally unbiased take on the story of this super handsome dude.
You thought this was gonna be another corporate bio? No way
I started a few small businesses before I really knew what I was doing. I rented a corner of a workshop at 16 and started working on cars for people. That went alright, so I moved to a slightly bigger shop and did more of it. At 22, I opened Paper Street, a small business incubator in Ferndale because I knew how hard it was for the little guy to get space. Some of you also might remember we started a little racing series called The Thunderdrome! on an abandoned Detroit velodrome in 2010. That was fun.
In 2011, I got the idea that Detroiters needed a better way to get around. Typical to the hustle, I bought a bus, had an artist friend paint it up and we hit the road running a route around the city of Detroit where you could ride as much as you wanted for just $5. That’s how The Detroit Bus Company was born. You can read more about it here. I became We and the team was on.
Do I have things figured out? Totally not. And maybe not ever. But we’re definitely onto something and I couldn’t be any happier about that.
PS: You can catch my TEDxDetroit talk “Call The World’s Bluff” here if you’re looking to really dive in.
You can reach me on Twitter and Instagram both at @ThatDetroitAndy for all sorts of things including interview requests, speaking engagements and taco lunches.