May 26, 2022

COVID-19 pandemic Taught the world to work from home, but Russia’s war in Ukraine has taught the workers of Delfast, a Ukrainian e-bike startup, how to work from a bomb shelter, threatening further violence on the go.

The usual startup priorities — raising venture capital, researching and developing new products, finding the right product for the market — weren’t completely shelved, but are now at the very bottom of Delfast’s to-do list. Ever since Russian troops invaded Ukraine at the end of February, Delfast’s top priority has been the safe evacuation of the 30-man Ukrainian team from the most dangerous corners of the country.

Without focusing on sales, marketing, R&D, and customer support, Delfast’s small team of seven employees based in Los Angeles has reached out to US and European Commission politicians to supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft missiles and fighter jets that can help you get that – something in return. your resources. Control your airspace and hope this war ends.

Delfast co-founders Daniil Tonkopi and Sergey Denisenko say they have always believed in the future. When they founded Delfast in 2014, originally as a delivery company, Tonkopli and Denisenko knew that providing eco-friendly vehicles to couriers would be critical to the company’s business.

The most important thing for an entrepreneur, and indeed for any leader, is to protect the team and be completely honest with them in difficult times. Daniel Tonkopi, co-founder of Delfast

The founders quickly realized that a bike with the kind of power, range, and battery life their carriers didn’t want, so they started building it. In 2017, backed by a $165,000 Kickstarter campaign, the startup began making a bike that met its needs—one that quickly hit the Guinness Book of Records Longest distance covered by an electric motorcycle on a single charge.

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We spoke with the co-founders of Delfast to discuss what it’s like to launch a startup during a war, how startups consider entering new business verticals, and the importance of always having a plan B.

The following interview, part of an ongoing series of interviews with founders building transportation companies, has been edited for length and clarity.

Note: Sergey Denisenko’s answers were translated from Ukrainian by a member of the Delfast team for gaming-updates.

TC: Serezha, you are in Kyiv. what does your day look like?

Denisenko: Every morning starts with a meeting with all colleagues in Slack. It is important to stay in touch and know that everything is in order or as good as possible.

In addition to my work as COO, I helped volunteer, delivered food and medicine to people, and this is what every Ukrainian is doing now. I have moved my family to Hungary so I feel more or less safe and I try to work as hard as I can and do my best in all areas, be it supporting business or supporting Ukraine in general.

How are you leading your team through this crisis? what changed?

Denisenko: We are used to working remotely during Corona times, so we have our own task tracker where everyone can see their task. Every Monday we host online Zoom meetings. Previously, we had such meetings only at the leadership level, but now during the war we all get together, just look each other in the face and ask how they are doing, how everyone is feeling. You just need to talk to everyone.

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