This is Xavi, founder of La Revolta, the company behind the Traqpod. Greetings from sunny Barcelona and welcome to our company blog. I will be occasionally posting as myself here, with more personal messages than those from our more institutional, anonymous persona. So a quick introduction is in order.
I’m an engineer with some management training, and I’ve always worked in the fields of software and language translation. When I started La Revolta (my fourth, second-surviving company) in the beginning of this decade, my goal was to create something new, more in line with my passions (building things, starting companies and yes, skateboards!), and make an impact in the tiny world I was interested or, rather, obsessed with: urban mobility devices.
This was not only my interest and my hobby. It was also my daily experience. In my bike-friendly city of Barcelona, skating to work was a real possibility, and even more so nowadays. But somehow the scooters and skateboards that existed in the early 00s didn’t feel quite right to me. They were designed for (and apparently by) teenagers, and were uninteresting, technically rudimentary, unfortable to ride as means of transportation, and even dangerous. All in all, not attractive to anyone over 16.
There had to be room for a different kind of means of transportation, roughly inspired by skateboards (deck, 4 wheels) but totally different. A device that would meet my additional requirements of a more adult-oriented concept, have a more sophisticated design, specific new features and functionalities, and lots of innovation in materials, kinematics, and even manufacturing methods. And yes, it would also be nice if it could even be motorized (Barcelona isn’t completely flat…).
It took the better part of a decade, a small fortune and the collective work of an amazing array of specialist companies to solve each and every item in our laundry list of problems and find an integrated, functional, elegant solution. When we were satisfied with the result, we felt ready to share it with the world.
We called it the Traqpod, and I hope you all like it as much as we do.