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2018 40 Under 40: Luke Kuschmeader, 36

Co-founder and president, Kuat Innovations LLC

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Since co-founding Kuat Innovations in 2008, President Luke Kuschmeader has worked to grow the company from a one-man operation into a 25-member team, designing an increasing number of automotive bike racks and accessories.

“It has always been my goal to have a company that doesn’t just have superior products, but that also creates a company culture that is enjoyable and nurtures creativity and individual pride,” he says.

Continuing to grow and add products, Kuschmeader says Kuat will soon break ground on a new office and warehouse. And although not mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the company recently added health insurance to its benefits. In giving back, Kuschmeader says he’s mentored several entrepreneurs that are beginning a similar startup journey.

What was your professional aha moment? I was hiking with my wife in Colorado and I felt really inspired and empowered to take the risk and pursue Kuat with focused effort. The fear of failing was eclipsed by the excitement of possibility.

What is your best productivity hack? Hire talented people and let them do what they are good at.

What historical figure do you identify with most? I have a lot of admiration for John Muir and his fight for conservation. I think our national parks are invaluable.

Top secret alias if you worked for the CIA? Luke Smith – it would be a nice break from writing Kuschmeader.


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