Chris Koerner, founder and CEO of LCDcycle – a company that recycles broken iPhone screens and supplies wireless repair shop with wholesale electronic parts. Aside from being a motivational speaker and winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year award, Chris is a guy who appreciates the haters. Famous Five:
Favorite Book? – Delivering Happiness
What CEO do you follow? – Elon Musk
Favorite online tool? — Flipboard
Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— I try but I don’t
If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be? – “Tell myself to appreciate the haters”
Time Stamped Show Notes:
01:46 – Nathan introduces Chris to the show
02:31 – LCDcycle was founded in 2013
02:43 – Chris opened a smartphone repair shop in college in 2010
02:51 – Sold it for $ 30,000
03:50 – They started in Alabama
04:10 – They got more customers in the Texas market
04:45 – The supply parts to repair shop
04:58 – First year revenue
05:08 – Did $ 2.1 million for the first full year
05:13 – For 2014, they did $ 4.8 million and $ 8.8 million in 2015
05:36 – They are doing cold-calling to get customers
05:57 – Uses a lead generation tool to scrape the repair shops details
06:25 – Gross margin average is 31%
06:55 – Team size is 12
07:08 – They are self-funded
07:31 – Started with $ 30,000
07:41 – Chris asked his family and friends for a loan
08:16 – Total volume of parts shipped
08:27 – About million parts
08:45 – Most of their shipments are iPhone screens
08:53 – Average price point for the shops
09:17 – Spending $ 23 for raw material
10:15 – 8% net margin
10:30 – Supplies are coming from China
10:49 – LCDcycle sells new screens and buying the broken screens from the repair shops
11:05- Broken screens are being sent to China
11:27 – Their revenue is shrinking this year to $ 6.5 million
11:41 – There’s a shortage in supplies last year so there was a spike in sales
12:25 – They’re supplying to 700-800 unique shops
12:36 – Reorder rate
13:45 – Chris raised money last year
14:21 – Chris would sell to a bigger company
15:20 – Connect with Chris through his Facebook
17:30 – The Famous Five
3 Key Points:
You have a good chance of developing a great company—you just need to be willing to navigate through the failures. Believe in yourself.
Expansion—even in the face of risk—is worth it.
Always appreciate the haters.
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Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books.
Assistant.to – The site Nathan uses to book meetings with one email.