The kitchen and bathroom industry has been irreversibly changed by the advent of visualisation technologies such as DigitalBridge. Today, kb-eye discusses with David Levine, CEO of DigitalBridge, the lessons which he found most valuable as an entrepreneur, the highs and the lows, his best piece of advice, and his plans for the future…
For those who don’t know, what is DigitalBridge?
DigitalBridge technology helps with all aspects of the very personal journey of turning a house into a home, from capturing your current living space to visualising your dream bathroom or kitchen. Designed with the user in mind, it’s very simple to use.
Can you give us a condensed ‘origins story’ of DigitalBridge?
I started DigitalBridge back in 2013, after my wife presented me with a choice of wallpaper samples for our living room. Unable to visualise how the room might look and, convinced I couldn’t be the only person unable to bridge the ‘imagination gap’, I set out to find a solution.
Whilst solving this initial problem, I uncovered a bigger opportunity. I found a gap in the market for an easy-to-use space planning and visualisation tool that, hosted on a retailer’s website, helps individuals design their new bathroom or kitchen.
In just a few short years, we’ve brought together a team of experts, with specialist skills from computer vision & machine learning to computer graphics and web applications, to build software that’s fundamentally changing the way people shop.
After starting out as a web developer, how did your journey take you from that to where you are now?
My career has always been very tech-focused. For example, I spent seven years working for the office of the chief technical officer at HP, specifically on innovative projects incubated outside of the standard business-unit structure. This was followed by a position at INRIX, where I was responsible for the sale and delivery of leading-edge technology projects to the likes of BMW, Toyota, Audi, Nissan and Hyundai-Kia. Just prior to launching DigitalBridge, I was the global director for automotive telematics at Vodafone.
If you could give your younger self one and only one piece of advice, what would you tell him?
Beg forgiveness, don’t ask permission.
Which of your past experiences do you consider most valuable?
All of them – but particularly the ones that at the time seemed the most unpleasant. Developing thick skin is an incredible asset for an entrepreneur!
What is the best part about your job, and what is the worst part?
Best part is being blown away every day by the sheer incredible talent I’ve somehow managed to persuade to work with me. The worst part is the networking – something I’m very good at but don’t actually enjoy!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be the CEO of your own career.
Can you tell us a fact about yourself which will surprise us?
I delve into ancient Aramaic texts for fun!
If you could have four people as dinner guests, living or dead, who would you have, what would you eat, and what would you talk about?
I’m going to have 5 – my wife and 4 kids. Because they are the funniest and most interesting people I know. My wife would cook because no one cooks just like her (don’t worry I’ll do the tidying up!) and we’d talk about anything and everything – with a sprinkling of Manchester City.
How do you expect DigitalBridge to evolve over the coming months and years?
We’re looking at expanding our client base across Europe and the US and to deliver kitchen and bedroom design and visualisation.
To find out more, visit the DigitalBridge website (below).
DigitalBridge | digitalbridge.eu