How to quit your day job and start an international business: DJ Bikes
By ATB Financial 3 June 2019 2 min read
Like other Alberta entrepreneurs, Daniel Yang is bold, hardworking, and not afraid of some well-managed risk.
Unlike some of his peers, he’s 40 years old. With a young family at home, he left his stable, established career in IT to chase his dream.
"I wanted to start my own business,” Daniel says. “I told myself, if I don’t do it now, I never will.”
The only electric bike store
His pitch was as bold as he is: an online-only electric bike store, run from Calgary, that would source bikes in China and deliver all North America. He named his company DJ Bikes. It was an unproven, audacious idea that assumed that a single ex-IT consultant could compete with the giants of online retail.
Daniel struggled to access the funding he needed to get his dream off the ground—even after he sold his first shipment of bikes in 90 days.
Eventually, he realized he needed to find a financial institution that was more than a bank. He needed a partner, one that believed in him and would listen.
He found that partner in ATB.