We had the good fortune of connecting with Alejandro Lovera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alejandro, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
When we started ManyBuild we did not have the construction community in mind. It was only after speaking with hundreds of contractors and understanding the underlying social issues in the construction industry that we developed the product as you see it today: a fair, transparent and equitable construction job marketplace. The construction industry as a whole has a huge technological gap between the project managers or owners of general contracting companies and the skilled trades or people actually performing the work. So far every construction technology tool that is being implemented only takes into consideration the needs of the project managers and therefor results in kind of a top-down implementation. With ManyBuild we have focussed on getting skilled labor and contractors to be able to use our technology first. Some of our key features are built-in translation tools so project information is displayed in both English and Spanish. Simplicity in design taking something like SMS which is technology they already know how to use and adding a lot of behind the scenes automations to make their jobs a lot easier. To date ManyBuild has hundreds of subcontractors signed up and over $3MM in construction jobs awarded.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
ManyBuild’s vision is to make construction the most trusted industry in the world, which if you have ever had to deal with certain contractors this might seem like an impossible goal to accomplish. We are focussed on creating a construction community that people in the industry can share, manage and process payments for all of the projects they need to get done. The construction industry as a whole has been very slow in integrating technology and is actually one of the last major industries to see a tech boom. That is why we believe that by focussing on building out our own construction community, reducing language barriers and the friction of adopting new technologies we stand a very good chance for becoming the go-to technology for construction communities across the world. .
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my favorite’s restaurant and bar spots in Denver are located in LoHi and RiNo. I would start the day off at Linger for an early brunch before driving up to Vail for a week long getaway. If it’s during the Winter I would want to go skiing everyday followed by some gym/spa time at the new Gravity Haus Vail. In the summer I would be camping, downhill mountain biking and going on hikes where the end of the trail is at a body of water we can jump in at. My favorite part about living in the city of Denver is that it’s only a short drive away from being out in the rockies. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Alejandro Lovera, my father and Denise Lovera, my mother – both instilled in me since a very young that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to as long as you have the discipline and commitment to see it through. Ben Maxwell, HM Capital Group – for providing me with amazing mentorship in real estate throughout the years and for believing in my abilities as an entrepreneur. Geoffrey Kaatz, Kaatz Investments – for always being open to discussing some of my crazy ideas, for providing honest and insightful feedback, and just being an all-around great guy. Shurie Fletcher – for being the “work mom” I never knew I needed. She’s always there for me with advice on life, dating, and the pursuit of being a balanced individual.