Meet the Founders
SkunkLock is the first ever bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, and moped lock to "fight back" against thieves using noxious, vomit inducing chemicals. While other lock makers are focused on making locks bigger or stronger, or adding electronic gimmicks, we realize that any lock on the market can be cut with an angle grinder in 30 seconds or less.
There is an estimated 350 million in losses every year, that is 3 bikes stolen every minute, and that's in the United States alone. We are trying to make an impact on the 21 billion global ultra-security bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, and moped lock market. Specifically the 54% of cyclists and motorcyclists that are already familiar with and use a U-Lock as their preferred method of security.
There are 1.5 million bicycles stolen every year in the US alone, with less than 3% recovered. Approximately 1/5 cyclists that experience a gut-wrenching theft never ride again, that’s ~330,000 cyclists every year that have to get back to their cars, further contributing to traffic congestion and air pollution. We hope we can make an impact and bring a product to the market that can actually stop thieves in their tracks, and empower current and future cyclists.
DANIEL IDZKOWSKI - CEO & Co-Founder
Daniel is a serial entrepreneur and avid motorcyclist, cyclist, and transportation enthusiast from San Francisco, CA. His responsibilities include communicating the vision and strategy of SkunkLock, Inc., design and marketing of the product, and managing the day-to-day operations of the company. Daniel’s inspiration for co-inventing the SkunkLock was his ongoing frustration that there were no solutions that actually deterred bike theft, and the fear of having his own motorcycle or bicycle stolen. After seeing many of his friends experience motorcycle and bicycle theft first-hand, time and time again, he made it his mission to bring a different kind of approach to the market. Daniel holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific and has a track record of building innovative companies.
YVES PERRENOUD - CTO & Co-Founder
Yves is a Swiss-born engineer and has been a passionate cyclist for over 20 years. His responsibilities include leading the design, engineering, and testing proceedures of the SkunkLock. Yves has over 17 years of of experience leading and scaling top-notch engineering teams, and bringing highly technical products to market. Yves’s inspiration for co-inventing the SkunkLock was his constant frustration as a result of having his bike stolen every 16 months even using the "best locks on the market". Yves holds an ETS Engineering degree in Microengineering from the prestigious Ecole d'Ingénieurs du Canton de Neuchatel in Switzerland.
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