We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Leedy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Innovation. Innovation of products in the energy/power industry that existing companies failed to improve upon.
What should our readers know about your business?
I could never have imagined how rough this road would be! It challenges EVERY aspect of your life, personally and professionally! It’s never a linear process, and things never go the way you wish they would. I started with nothing, just an idea. I’ve experienced everything from engineering and product development catastrophe and rejection at almost every attempt, to being forced to sell off personal items to have enough money to pay rent. The biggest struggle is truly knowing and preparing for the reality that there is no fast way to your goals, there is no shortcut. But, 5 years, 3 patents, and countless attempts, failures and sleepless nights later, ZombieBox has sold nearly 3 million dollars worth of product to customers all across the world!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Definitely a hike up Camelback and a bike ride through old town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would be nowhere without the support and enthusiasm of family, friends and employees. Also, much thanks to the support and encouragement of incubator groups like Seed Spot, CEI and Thunderbird Alumni group have been critical in our success.