Eric M. Bell
Eric’s inspiration for the company grew out of his time with THINK SA, a private policy group he co-founded where he collaborated on long-term solutions to systemic urban issues, particularly technology and entrepreneurship, transportation, energy and water.
Realizing that as cities across the globe struggle to develop effective alternative modes of public transport they all face the challenge of last-mile transportation, Eric melded together his interests from his policy work with THINK SA and launched this startup in his hometown of San Antonio with a mission to transform urban transport around the world.
Eric is also a Principal at Rubicon Capital LLC, a family investment company, where for 12 years, he has worked alongside Paul Bell, assisting in decisions and oversight related to investments in technology, private equity and venture funds, energy services, and healthcare products and services.
In taking Blue Duck from a good idea to a thriving business, Eric draws from his experience as a founding shareholder of United Allergy Services, the largest independent allergy testing and immunotherapy provider in the United States. From a handful of employees, the company grew to more than 2,000 employees in 800 clinics across the country in five years. The success of the distributed operations model developed at UAS inspires a similar approach at Blue Duck.
Eric's commitment to his community led him to accept a position on the Board of Visitors of Trinity University in 2019. Previously, he co-founded Choose San Antonio, a non-profit dedicated to promoting San Antonio through innovative and focused digital, social and smart creative-based marketing.
When asked what his vision for Blue Duck is, Eric invokes the image of another Texas-based legendary startup: Southwest Airlines. "We will be the Southwest of scooter companies, bringing micromobility to smaller cities and college towns across Texas, the Southeast, and beyond," he says.