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Between them, James Mattis and Ted Huang have logged a lot of miles atop a bicycle. James is the 2011 World Amateur Road Race Champion and  2008 US Amateur Road Race Champion. An Olympian in windsurfing, Ted is the former team manager  for the Webcor Pro Cycling Team and former board member of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

Together they’ve founded World Champ Tech with the goal of not just capturing data from a bike ride — distance, duration, elevation — but the experience itself. “It’s really James’ brainchild,” said Ladera resident Ted. “Both of our training has always been quality over quantity.”

Added James: “We don’t think most people get excited looking at their numbers. Using GPS, instead of numbers, our app tells a story.”

In addition to the Bike+ app, available in the Apple app store, they also have apps for hiking, walking and running. Bike+ gives users the ability to record standard GPS data and more advanced data such at automatic real-time climb detection and categorization as well as the ability to tag and share ride hazards and incident locations.

World Tech product shot

But as Jame and Ted underscore, it’s not just about the data. Their app gives riders the ability to share ride memories by exporting Garmin TCX and GPX files, posting ride details to Strava and Twitter, and creating and sharing highlight videos. Bike+ also features custom Pebble watch integration, giving the cyclists data — speed, distance, altitude, grade and more — without reaching for their iPhone.

The duo’s latest project is a Kickstarter campaign to develop a Pebble bike mount.  “The Pebble smart watch makes a fantastic bicycle computer when paired with our ground-breaking Bike+ app,” emailed Ted. “The only thing missing is a great bicycle mount for the Pebble smart watch.

“We’ve got some fantastic rewards for project supporters including the bike mounts (once they are made), cool #bikemore t-shirts, and signed copies of the production drawings for the bike mounts. And, all supporters will get an exclusive, behind the scenes look as we take this project from prototype to production.”

Photos by Irene Searles

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Hello Startups provides one-stop-shop access to business services and the investment community

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Mukul Agarwal and Marco ten Vaanholt know that they sit on somewhat hallowed ground. The recently opened Hello Startups Menlo Park facility is in the space once occupied by Willow Garage, a maker of robots that was good enough to leave behind a number of Beam Remote Presence Systems, a mobile videoconferencing platform (which, to be […]

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Spotted: People Play butterfly ads attached to construction fences

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We spotted the first group of paper butterflies attached to a fence near the abandoned car dealership on El Camino near Middle Avenue in Menlo Park. Then we saw another on a construction fence at Valparaiso and El Camino. We think it’s an eye catching way to advertise. Smart idea, People Play, which offers online classifieds for entertainment […]

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Cars come hurtling at Menlo Park start up Statricks not once but twice

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John Freier (pictured above), founder of start up Statricks located on Haven Avenue in Menlo Park, believes he’s lucky to be alive.  But he also feels a bit snake bit as cars keep crashing into his building. He tells the story: “At about 2:00 am Saturday, February 15, a drunk driver plowed off the road in […]

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Local startup – PeerVids – founded on idea that teens learn best from other teens

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Based on the premise that teens learn best from other teens, a group of high school students and recent high school graduates from Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, and Portola Valley recently launched a startup. The company, PeerVids, makes online educational videos taught by high school students with the subject matter correlating directly with the textbooks and courses […]

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MakeGamesWithUs gets up close and personal with its new summer academy

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Ashutosh Desai (left) and Jeremy Rossman, who graduated a year apart from Menlo School, want other people to do what they did in high school — make iPhone games. “We took computer classes together and had this incredible teacher — Michael Thibodeaux,” said Ashu. “He’s pretty much the best there is. I took six classes from him while I […]

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Good news for jigsaw fans – Menlo Park is home to Artifact Puzzles

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The notion that “it would be fun to buy a laser cutter” kept creeping into Maya Gupta’s brain. “I studied electrical engineering because I was interested in lasers,” she explained in the warehouse space of Menlo Park-based Artifact Puzzles, which she started as a hobby and is turning into a business. The idea of making […]

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Founder of Women’s Startup Lab, Ari Horie offers female tech leaders an ecosystem of support

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Ari Horie, founder and CEO of Women’s Startup Lab, learned early on the value of being connected. Born in Japan, she first came to the U.S. as an exchange student at age 18, speaking no English. “My mom was big on hands-on experience,” she recalled in the Menlo Park offices of her latest startup. “But […]

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Menlo Park couple starts eye glass company with a shout out to two pioneering businesswomen

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What’s Brownie and Madam and what has it to do with eye glasses? We admit the answer is so well described as part of a new eye glass company co-founded by Menlo Park residents Dr. Alpa Shroff and her husband Nik that we aren’t going to retell the story here. (But do recommend you find out!) […]

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Sladana Veljkovic develops mobile apps for healthy lifestyles at Menlo Park Apps

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When Sladana Veljkovic came from Serbia to study in the U.S. 13 years ago, her focus was on finance, an industry she worked in for a number of years on the East Coast. But a move to the West Coast and living in Menlo Park has lead her in another direction, developing mobile apps on […]

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Trouble remembering all your contacts? Lightspeed Ventures fellow Cy Khormaee has the app for you

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Cy Khormaee loves paper. Drawings and diagrams of the app he’s developing are tacked to the walls of his office space at Lightspeed Ventures in Menlo Park, where he is a fellow. The irony is that he’s developed an app that replaces two long-term paper staples of the business world, the Rolodex and small spiral […]

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