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State Bicycle Co.
Mehdi started State Bicycle Co. in 2009. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on State Bicycle Co.?
I co-founded this business with my brother Reza Farsi in 2009. We both grew up around cycling as kids and when we were in college at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Reza was studying Business Management and I was in the business school for Marketing. We started to get into fixed gear bikes. While we were researching different bicycles for ourselves, we realized there was a gap in the market. It was very difficult for us to find complete bicycles (as opposed to parts) that were affordable and attractive. There was not a one-stop-shop for riders on a budget. Thus, we went down the path of creating State Bicycle Co.
Prior to this, we were running a business importing furniture from overseas. We used our connections in manufacturing and online retail to start the business. We were completely bootstrapped, with no outside investment. We both knew there was some risk, but both being young and very passionate about cycling, we knew it was a risk we were willing to take.
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