How do you measure a year in the life?

One of the initial sketches provided by Adrianne Ngam for what would eventually become our Cowgirl Bike Courier logo.

One of the initial sketches provided by Adrianne Ngam for what would eventually become our Cowgirl Bike Courier logo.

One year ago today, Cowgirl Bike Courier opened for business. The first bicycle messenger service to launch in San Jose in over thirty years, the cards were stacked against us in our formative months. Nothing could have prepared us for our first year.

"Oh, that's cute!"
"You mean like in New York?"
"Doesn't email do the same thing?"

Twelve months later, Cowgirl Bike Courier has redefined the bike courier for Silicon Valley.

"You delivered that by bicycle?"
"That was so fast!"
"It's so cool that there are bike messengers in San Jose." 

In the past year, Cowgirl Bike Courier has been featured in several major news publications, including Metro News, the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Content Magazine.

In the past year, Cowgirl Bike Courier has been featured in several major news publications, including Metro News, the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Content Magazine.

To paraphrase the late John Steinbeck, our first year was that of living violently, eating too much or not at all, sleeping around the clock or missing two nights of sleeping, working too hard and too long in glory, or slobbing around while on standby.

Yet through all we sacrificed, we have accomplished so much more than we could ever have dreamed of.

We would not be here without the love and support of our local community. We have been warmly received into San Jose and the Silicon Valley as a whole, and are forever grateful to all those who have offered their support.

In no particular order:

Cherri Lakey and Brian Eder of Anno Domini

Adrianne Ngam(our logo designer!)

Corinne Winter, Anne Fisher, Colin Heyne, and Shiloh Ballard of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

Amie Frisch, Mark Medeiros, Colleen Hotchkiss, and Cayce Hill of Veggielution Community Farm

Rob Mardell, Jacquie Mardell, Doug Ballard, Good Kyle, Evil Kyle, Schralpin Steve, Mark Howard, Abe Wallin, Quang Ngo, KP, Kendra Higgins, and Martin Dixon of La Dolce Velo

Lane Kagay of CETMA Cargo

Hway-Ling Hsu of Sweetdragon Baking Company

Eric Moran of Falafel Bar

Amy Brown of Jumbo Jibbles

C Filipe Medeiros of AncientFaces

Diane Solomon

Justin Triano of RideESSJ

Otessa Crandell and Wendy Warren of Chromatic Coffee

Jennifer Wadsworth of Metro News

Vicki Thompson of the Silicon Valley Business Journal

Flora Moreno and Daniel Garcia of Content Magazine

Maria Gabriela Huertas Diaz

Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang of PMBQ Studios

Lorri Lee Lown of Savvy Bike and Velo Girls

The Mess Fam (Darling Courier, Clutch Couriers, TCB Courier, Pedal Express, Confluence Courier, Velo Delivery, Bar None Courier, Taco Cat, Cut Cats Courier, Cyclehawk, Samurai Messenger, Fly Over The City Courier, BODA BODA NYC and Posi Bill.)

Julie Kodama and Nicole Tindall of NextSpace San Jose

Freya Seeburger of Cellista/Juxtapositions

Jo and Nick Glasowiski

Janet LaFleur of One woman. Many bicycles.

Richard Masoner of Cyclelicious

Sydney Martinie

Tanner Marcoida of San Jose Fixed

Sarah Lacy and Paul Carr of Pando

Mari Millares of SJMade

Franci Gire of Franci Cakes

Angela Tsay of Oaklandish

Kimberli Weed Brady of SanJoseStock.com

Joe Noonan and Amy Anderson of the San Jose Downtown Association

Tina Kapoor, Paul Smith, John Brazil, Ryan Smith, and Jessica Zenk of City of San Jose

LeRoy of Phil Wood and Co.

Andrew Burnham and Avery Ruzicka of Manresa Bread

Laura Ruchinskas of Bay Area Bike Share

Salina Diaz of Bits and Pieces Bakery

The Muehlbauers(Amanda's Family)

The Barreras Clan(Cain's Family)

Rodolphe Verhaegan of eBay

All of our past and present couriers

And all those who donated to our Kickstarter to get us off the ground.


Thank you all so much.

Amanda Muehlbauer, CFO and Co-Founder

Cain Ramirez, CEO and Co-Founder

Clockwise from top left: Doug Ballard, Amanda Muehlbauer, Jasmine Anenberg, Mess Rook(AKA Puppers), Stephanie Flores, Cain Ramirez

Clockwise from top left: Doug Ballard, Amanda Muehlbauer, Jasmine Anenberg, Mess Rook(AKA Puppers), Stephanie Flores, Cain Ramirez

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