Andy Lowery (RealWear) on Raising $20M with Conviction and Humility, Not Modesty
Andy Lowery is the co-founder and CEO of RealWear, a knowledge transfer company helping industrial workers to learn and solve problems in the field. RealWear makes a hands-free, ruggedized, head-mounted wearable computer and complementary software; RealWear makes one of the most successful head-mounted computers sold today.
Prior to RealWear, Andy was President of DAQRI, another pioneer of AR use in the enterprise. Andy also spent more than a decade in engineering and management roles at aerospace and defense contractors.
In addition, he served as an officer in the US Navy, retiring recently as a Lt. Commander after more than 25 years of active and reserve service.
In the second part of my conversation with Andy, he shares his unique and sometimes hair-raising journey to fundraising, which resulted in a $20M Series A financing in early 2018. There was a period when he was raising month-to-month to meet payroll, which he describes using an analogy from Star Wars:
We go on to discuss some great leadership lessons from his entrepreneurial and military experiences, including the value of humility over modesty. Leadership is one of my favorite topics, and I think you’ll really enjoy this one.
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Links From The Episode
- Book: Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution by Tom Peters
- Book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
- Book: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
- Book: The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism by Jeremy Rifkin
- Video: Jeremy Rifkin on the Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy
- Article: Why Maya Angelou Disliked Modesty from The Atlantic
- Video: Rod Canion & Silicon Cowboys documentary trailer
- Article: How To Become A Centaur by Nicky Case
- Wikipedia: Microlearning
- Product site: Kopin Golden-I