Innovators. They come in many forms. They dream big but they aren’t just dreamers. They form raw ideas into cool products with disruptive business models. They shatter entire industries and leave established leviathans running scared with their tails between their legs. The Innovators interview series connects you with the most driven people on the planet. What makes them tick? What advice do they have for tech founders? What tools do they use to get the job done? Read on to find out.
Brandon Levey is the ThinkerUpper of Stitch Labs. He holds a BSE and MSE in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He began his professional career at Sandia National Laboratories working on domestic nuclear security systems analyses. While at Sandia he started two product based businesses – one specializing in sustainable clothing and one in manufacturing mobile accessories. Through his experiences in the design and manufacturing world, Brandon identified many problems faced by small businesses, and the scarcity of tools specifically designed to meet their needs. Intent on building an intuitive business management application that could help millions of businesses, Brandon paired his experience with his technical background and founded Stitch Labs. Stitch is a web based software solution designed to support the growth of business that design, make, and sell products.
What do you enjoy most about your work and why?
Ultimately there are two things that I enjoy most about my work. The first is the feedback from our customers about how Stitch is actually helping them. I cannot adequately express how happy it makes me to know that we are creating a product that has a profound effect on these businesses, and the lives of the people that run them. Knowing that we are building something that’s making a difference gives me a deep feeling of satisfaction.
The other aspect of my work that I love is being able to work on all of the different projects we have at the same time. We are fortunate to have a team with a highly diversified skill set. One of the most exciting things about a team like this is that we all learn from each other, and bring a unique perspective to the table. Being able to operate in that type of environment is truly wonderful.
Where does your passion come from? What drives you, inspires you, excites you?
That is extremely difficult ...