Brandon Powers is no stranger to the startup world, having worked as a developer with Andy and Landon Swan for many years, but now, as a leader of his startup, LensFactory.com, he’s in uncharted waters. Brandon tells us what lessons he’s learned so far and how he manages his time with a wife and 3 kids under four years of age.
A seasoned veteran of startups and investing, Andy Swan has plenty to say about what works and what doesn’t. His latest two projects, Voomly and LikeFolio are both operational and creating revenue within an unbelievably short time of inception. He has strong things to say about Lean Startup, the Louisville scene, and why he doesn’t want to be a “personality”.
Creating a whole new platform of communicating isn’t easy, and getting to the point where you can execute on that idea isn’t either. After many years in the workforce at several different startups in northern California, Jonathan Erwin moved back to Louisville to start a family. Fast forward a few years and he’s taken the plunge as a founder and leader of Red e App, a secure internal communications platform that’s picking up big-name customers and making more than a few waves in the Louisville startup scene.
Recent “Launch It” graduate (and Scotsman) Angus McLachlan came to Louisville two years ago to work on medical devices. His work developed so far down the road, he found himself at the helm of a new effort with the blessing (and assistance) of his former employer. He’s still two years from product launch, but has plenty of work to do in the meantime.
In the digital age, become a brand unto your self is “easy” to do. Elite Pierre is a youth mentor, public speaker, and soon-to-be publisher who is finding out that it takes a lot of focus and determination to make it happen. After completing the Nucleus Lean Launchpad training last spring, Elite is primed and ready to hit the ground running.
Necessity (and opportunity) are the mothers of invention. Mike Pifer’s wife exclaimed that outdoorsmen will buy anything and challenged him to come up with something. He did, and DCVR Outdoors was recently named one of Louisville’s “Hot Dozen” companies. It’s a great story of a “regular joe” who made up his mind to do something…then did it.
Seeing an opportunity to help his father make something marketable got developer Clay Turner into the entrepreneurial space at an early age. He eventually teamed up with Michael Browning to work on a software business aimed at the banking industry and now the two have spun off another company called Onovative that aims to help startups develop their projects and get them to market quickly.
After leaving town and returning during a great career in web hosting, Stacy Griggs found himself with some time on his hands and an opportunity to helm a Louisville startup that is revolutionizing the way ads are targeted online with www.eltoro.com.
We all have ideas and they’re easy to steal. So what can you do to protect yours? We dropped a microphone in on Open Coffee Louisville on Monday, October 14 as Chuck Baxter from Intellectual Property Insurance Services shared the basics of IP, trademarks, patents and more. Great basic listening for anybody with an idea on which they’d like to move. Special thanks to iHub, Insider Louisville, and Will Bogel for moderating the day.
Producing and marketing a hard good isn’t easy, but Todd Schleuning and his family don their yellow dresses and hit the concert circuit to introduce the world to Shart, a quick and easy way to frame your favorite t-shirt as wall art without damaging it. He’s also teamed with his wife to write and illustrate a book that was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Selling these items have taught great lessons to Todd, who freely shares his failures so we can all learn.