Lou Doctor, Ecommerce Entrepreneur
This is not your neighborhood bike store!
Consider the keys to starting a high-tech online store: a business plan, certainly, venture capital, maybe, but this operation literally started as a garage operation.
Today he operates a number of online retail sites, so you’d think it was all well planned out, but he’ll describe how instead it was an “accidental opportunity”. Today Lou Doctor‘s ecommerce operation has 30 employees managing sites for billiards, darts, golf clubs, pool cues and bike tires.
As you know, online stores offer many advantages over bricks-and-mortar competitors, so maybe you’ll be surprised to hear of his plans to open a retail bike store in downtown Portland.
And what advantages does Portland offer versus Palo Alto, where it began?
Lou has enjoyed quite a career over the 20 years I’ve known him. He’s an entrepreneur many times over, so it’s been fun to watch how BikeTiresDirect and his other sites have grown and prospered. Listen in as he describes how he operates his growing online empire.
Show #6 (28:44) Listen