On this episode of Investor Connect, Hall welcomes Lawrence Chavez, CEO at EveryDay Contacts.
EveryDay Contacts is a premium daily disposable contact lens, doctor-enabled, subscription-based, direct-to-consumer company designed for both patients and eye care professionals. Built around a unique technology that enhances the wettability of the silicone hydrogel daily disposable lenses, EveryDay Contacts is coming to market with a model that supports proper eye health by ensuring the eye care professional is part of the value chain.
Contact lens users receive the benefit of a premium daily disposable contact lens with all the advantages of a D2C model. The independent eye doctor benefits by reconnecting with their patient and recapturing the $500M of lost contact lens revenue that “walk” to other retail channels.
Lawrence has 20+ years of finance, operations management, and strategic marketing experience in a variety of entrepreneurial businesses. Lawrence has been involved with a number of startups as both an entrepreneur and investor. He serves on the Board of ABQid, a startup accelerator working at the intersection of entrepreneurship and economic development. In addition, he serves as Venture Partner at Flywheel Ventures and previously managed Flywheel’s New Mexico Gap Fund I, seed fund. Lawrence also advises Startup Teen, an organization created to promote entrepreneur education for mid and high school students. Past boards include the New Mexico Venture Capital Association, Coronado Ventures Forum, and Innovate El Paso. Lawrence has a Bachelor’s of Accounting from New Mexico State University and Master’s in Marketing from Texas A&M University.
Lawrence speaks about starting a business in the contact lens industry and some of the challenges startups face. He shares what information sources have helped him the most and discusses one thing his business did that he never expected.
Lawrence can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/lawrencetchavez, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lawrencechavez, and via telephone at (505)459-8212.
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