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Michael started SEATYLOCK in 2012. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on SEATYLOCK?
Well, this is a long story….
I have been in the manufacturing business for 20 years now and I had a lot of experience with all aspects of manufacturing and logistics in China.
Having a good idea is crucial, but this is just a small part of the big picture, which is execution and how to take that idea and turn it into reality.
I have been working in China for years and I had gained a lot of knowledge about the complex process of manufacturing in China and importing goods from China to other parts of the world.
Because of my experience, many entrepreneurs would contact me and ask for my advice for how to start a business based on production in China. I knew back then that having a good idea is crucial, but this is just a small part of the big picture, which is execution, how to take that idea and turn it into reality.
I was contacted by two young entrepreneurs who had the basic idea for a hybrid product combining a bicycle seat and a lock in one. I loved the idea very much from the get-go, but I also knew that without the right knowhow this great concept will stay an idea and never have the chance to turn into an actual product.
My career and financial situation were quite good as I had my own business manufacturing custom metal parts in various metalworking technologies according to the customer’s needs. Although I had achieved success with my business, I felt a need to do something new and exciting and when the concept of a hybrid bike seat-lock was presented to me I decided to utilize my expertise and turn this lovely idea into reality. That’s how I co-founded Seatylock .
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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