After moving to Phoenix for college from Lakeville, Minn., Conlow and a friend co-founded Lectric eBikes, a direct-to-consumer eBike company, at the age of 23, after noticing a gap in the market for affordable electric transportation.
As CEO, Conlow has watched the company grow from a handful of employees working out of a garage to an office of more than 90 employees. Since the beginning of the company in 2019, Lectric has become one of the fastest-growing eBike providers in the U.S. and has sold over 185,000 bikes in its first three years.
Lectric is currently on track to help electrify more Americans in 2022 than GM, Ford, Rivian, Nissan, Volkswagen and Audi combined. Most of the company’s growth is powered by the success of Lectric’s most popular electric bike, the Lectric XP, which in 2021 was the third most popular electric vehicle in the U.S. behind Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y.
What does it mean to be an innovator to you?
When I think of what it means to be an innovator, I think of the people who forge forward and are real trailblazers in their space. So many people think that you have to be in the tech industry to be considered innovative, when in reality it’s less about what field you’re in and more about your state of mind. If you’re constantly obsessing over doing things better and/or more efficiently, you have that innovator mindset.
Frankly, it’s all about growth and constantly making your product and business the best it can be. Innovators are never satisfied; it’s just one of those things that’s in the DNA of someone who has that kind of mindset.
Real estate developer and property manager Culdesac builds neighborhoods that embrace community, open space and mobility to prioritize biking, walking and transit over cars and parking with residential units that integrate local retail and commercial uses, as well as nature and public plazas. Culdesac partners with leading mobility companies to deliver convenient and affordable transportation services to create a vibrant, urban lifestyle without the need for a private vehicle.
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Arizona Community Tree Council
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