In the realm of innovation and community building, KAV’s founder, Whitman Kwok, sits down with Justine Palkowski, Senior Marketing Manager, on our Latitude podcast. Freshly welcomed into 43North’s Y9 cohort, Whitman unfolds the narrative that brought KAV to Buffalo – a journey brimming with resilience, technological marvels, and a commitment to community that resonates deeply with our values.
Navigating the Rigorous 43North Selection: Embarking on the 43North application process is no small feat. Whitman offers an insider’s perspective on the complexities, emphasizing the stiff competition among 14 stellar companies. It’s a testament to KAV’s exceptional qualities and Whitman’s unwavering determination that secured them a coveted spot in the Y9 cohort.
Choosing Buffalo: A Bold Move with Purpose: “Why Buffalo?” is a question Whitman fields often, and he answers with a resounding appreciation for the city’s resilience and warm embrace. Buffalo isn’t just a location; it’s a character in KAV’s story, offering unparalleled manufacturing opportunities. Whitman’s choice speaks volumes about the city’s allure and the potential he envisions for KAV’s future here.
Building Connections: Beyond helmets and technology, KAV is on a mission to foster a sense of community. Whitman’s ride with the Buffalo Cycle Club during Finals week marked the beginning of a broader initiative. KAV aspires to extend a heartfelt welcome to Buffalo’s cycling community and beyond, seeking to build a team in Western New York.
Other Buffalo Benefits: Buffalo’s allure didn’t escape Whitman during Finals week. The city’s sports fervor, proximity to the Canadian market, and its dedication to clean energy all played pivotal roles in KAV’s decision to establish an East Coast manufacturing space here.
Tech-Driven Innovation: Central to KAV’s success are helmets that seamlessly merge style and safety. Whitman shares some of the technology behind KAV’s custom-fit helmets, showcasing a meticulous three-photo process driven by AI tools. This ensures that KAV’s helmets are not only embraced by professionals but by everyday cyclists seeking the perfect blend of protection and style.
Connect with Whitman and KAV:
Whitman’s LinkedIn: LinkedIn
KAV’s Website: kavhelmets.com
KAV’s Instagram: kavsports