We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Logan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
There were two factors. First, I wanted to do a startup. I’d had a successful career but had never done entirely my own thing. Second, I had an idea! On a trip to Sioux Falls, SD in January, they made me gate check my bag. When I got to Sioux Falls, it was below zero, and I had to wait on the tarmac for over 20 minutes to get my bag. (Of course, my jacket was in my bag!) As I shivered, I thought, “Why can’t someone design a modular bag, so you could take it apart if the plane was crowded, and not be forced to gate-check it?” I checked, and no one had done this… so I applied for a patent and started the company.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I think our story is simple: with a good idea, in today’s world, anyone can build a business. The resources are there, and the internet makes it much easier to build a team than it ever was before.
What sets up apart is our unique patented product (the only modular, recombinable luggage), our commitment to our customers, and our ability to champion and help people realize the promise of easy one-bag travel. A lot of people would like to travel light, but don’t know how. Our products help teach those skills.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I almost always take friends visiting to historical places. It’s great to get a sense of how the city evolved and was built, and it naturally leads to discussions about the ideas that drove the history.
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?
My main shoutout is to my son, Kyle Logan, who joined Onli Travel before we launched our first product. Without him, we wouldn’t have the website, the logistics organization, or the social media presence that we have. Every entrepreneur needs a counterpart who can manage the day to day operations effectively, and without Kyle, Onli Travel wouldn’t be where it is today.
My wife Holli gets a shout out too. She was supportive even though it meant that we risked a fair amount of capital on an uncertain business plan.
And I’d like to call out all of the wonderful contractors who have assisted us over the years… Madeline Vaiden, EItan Nidam, Ben Glueck, Nicole Gaffney, Carrie Fritsch, Greg Fritsch, Laura Matz, and Marty Wahl, among others. In today’s world, no one can have all the skills needed to start a business in-house, and getting things done requires building a loose team of capable people. These people brought their expertise to moving Onli Travel forward.
Onli Travel, LLC