Kathryn Carlson can thank her grandfather for putting her on her first bike, though she wasn’t so pleased at the time. For her sixth birthday, he gave her a baby blue bike with a banana seat when she really wanted a Strawberry Shortcake model. She quickly grew to love the bike as she found independence on the south side of Milwaukee, biking to the beach near her house and later cycling to her summer job. Kathryn first conceived of the Bike Boot while biking to class at the London School of Economics. She wished her bike had a lockable car trunk, or 'boot,' as they're called in the UK. With the idea still simmering in her mind, Kathryn moved to Boston where she worked in finance, cultivated a deep love for urban cycling, and started designing prototypes. She became so passionate about the idea of bringing the product to market that she quit her job to focus on its development. The Bike Boot was launched through a Kickstarter project and her idea became a reality. It combines her style, her passion, and her pragmatism into a singularly smart product that makes it easier for people to use their bikes for everyday life.