CBS teens present to Zero Motorcycles execs

On Monday, the Z2 team members from the Santa Clara University session brought their winning plan, the DB40, to Zero Motorcycles headquarters in Scotts Valley. The Z2 team edged out 5 other teams to win first place, and the Zero Motocrcycles executives graciously made it worth the team’s while.

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Z2 realized adults can be funny too, or maybe they’re just being polite. Team (left to right): George Lu (CSO), Anika Krishnan (CMO), Rohan Vembar (CTO/CIO), Nikita Vemuri (CEO), Dylan Patel (CFO – not pictured, but greatly missed!).


Gene Banman (right, wearing blue), former CEO and current board member, not only arranged the visit, but was also actively involved as one of our 2011 business sponsors. We have yet to see him without a smile. Thanks Gene!

Scot Harden (left, wearing black), VP of Marketing, is widely known as the “father” of the mini-moto from the 90s. In case there was any doubt that Z2 was presenting to a panel of experts, we should also mention that Scot has accrued 20 different international motorcycle racing titles and over 200 wins including two SCORE Baja 1000 wins, three SCORE Baja 500 wins, and two SCORE Championship titles.


How do you turn your Master’s thesis into something that sounds cool to everyday people? Ask Abe Askenazi (far left), CTO, who convinced his UC Berkeley professors to sponsor his thesis on “The Dynamics of Motorcycles”.




Thanks to Steve Salyer (above), VP of Manufacturing and Operations, the Z2 team, parents and staff got an inside glimpse into the ZM process of building the motorcycles. Steve did a great job of engaging everyone in the process – definitely good enough to pique the parents’ interest in motorcycles!

If there is anyone that loves the field of work they are in, it’s these accomplished individuals. A lesson for all of us — you can turn your passion into a successful career! Thank you Zero Motorcycles, for inspiring all entrepreneurs!


Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results — values that we at Camp BizSmart certainly share!

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