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The entrepreneurs who sent two of Shark Tank Mexico's sharks 'flying'

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“Since I was 14 years old, I have been selling what I can to my classmates and other [people], I started offering sweets in high school that were not in the cafeteria [of the school]… I bought them in a little place that had sweets gringos and different things and I've always liked that ”, says Andrés Vera, in an interview for Entrepreneur in Spanish.

Years later Andrés would found many businesses, including Chop Chop Bikes , a bicycle brand that was joined by his childhood friend Mauricio Ochoa.

“I have known Andrés since elementary school, we are from Acapulco, we studied at a school called 'Liceo' and he was a grade above me, but we played soccer all recesses together, there was always a certain rivalry between him and him. another, but we were still friends and it was not until 12 years later that the two of us met again in a crossfit, in this desire to exercise and do something that motivates us a lot ”, comments Mauricio Ochoa.

Andrés invited Mau to be part of a project he was preparing and that was how they later founded Chop Chop Bikes.

"In terms of capital, we started with what we had in the stock market, like three thousand pesos to invest in making bicycles, the first investment we made was very simple because it was to buy their frames," explains Andrés.

Today they have five stores in Mexico City, an ecommerce channel, national deliveries in the Aztec country and they have achieved sales of 47 million pesos with goals of 80 million for this year.

Left: Mauricio Ochoa, right: Andrés Vera / Image: Courtesy of Shark Tank México.

For both entrepreneurs, the difficult thing to grow and undertake has been to confront their own ego and be willing........

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