When he started at Google in 2002, Dan Daugherty was one of the first 300 employees at Google. He ran the operations team for the Mountain States Region and helped to grow the region from $1 million to $100 million in annual sales. After about four years, he left Google to found his own company: rental solution tool rentBits. Built In Colorado caught up with him to see how he has been leveraging his Google experiences when founding rentBits, a profitable multi-milion dollar business without raising any outside funding to date:
What are you currently working on at rentBits?
At rentBits, we are constantly looking for ways to simplify the lives of renters and rental professionals. To help us get closer to fulfilling this mission, we are very excited to be rolling out a home automation product in early 2014 that makes it easy for renters to open their doors, turn on their lights, detect moisture and control their thermostat all from their mobile device. The most exciting part is this is just the tip of the iceberg. We are going to be adding additional features and hardware on top of the platform in the months to follow. We are growing rapidly and are constantly looking for new talent to help take us to the next level.
How involved is rentBits in Colorado’s startup community?
Having our company located in Galvanize has allowed us to develop relationships with individuals and companies we would not have been able to do otherwise. It is important for companies and individuals to continue to participate, take action and help in any way they can in making the Colorado start-up community even stronger.
Biggest lesson you learned while working at Google?
Focus on one thing and become the best in the world at it.