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This college entrepreneur built his business by seeing a need and filling it

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Sometimes great ideas come into your life when you least expect it.

Levi Conlow, CEO of Lectric Longboards, was walking to class one day as a college student when he saw someone ride by on an electric longboard. When he tried to find his own, he discovered that electric-powered skateboards on the market were way out of his price range, so he decided to start his own company to create more affordable models.

Conlow shared his experience starting his own business and his advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs on Tuesday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” as part of Doc's Building America series.

Lectric Longboards offers electric boards that have a range of around 15 miles on a full charge, depending on the rider, and can be directed by remote control. The boards are designed and assembled in the U.S.

If you have a good idea, it’s important to surround yourself with mentors and experts who can help you turn your idea into a real company, Conway asserted. You also shouldn’t overthink the process.

“Just go for it,” Conlow said. “I wouldn’t worry or be scared of failure, mainly because it’s just an overall fun process that kind of outweighs everything. … The thrill of launching your first website or getting that first sale can’t be matched.”

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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