A husband-wife team from Westminster are hoping to rack up a lot of points in 2020.
This year Eric and Kara Gooley plan to manufacture more scoreboards, launch new features and patent the design for their startup digital scoreboard Lederbord. Eric, who’s in the information technology industry, and his wife Kara, a freelance writer, invested nearly $100,000 so far with the help of family and friends.
The 16.75-by-30.35-inch scoreboard keeps track of points, time and statistics. And it is controlled by a cell phone app that can be used up to 200 feet away.
Eric said one of the product’s biggest virtues is durability.
“It’s a powder-coated steel frame. We wanted to make sure that it’s super rugged. It can handle snow and rain,” he said. “It’s built for the outdoors. That’s the big differentiator we have. We wanted it to be used for Colorado weather.”
Lederbord, which retails for $989, can be used for baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, track, swimming and ultimate frisbee. Colorado School of Mines and the University of Nebraska use the board for intramural sports.
Later this month, scorekeepers also will be able to use the board for tennis matches, and by spring the board will showcase scrolling text, Gooley said.
This summer Eric said he hopes to have a design and utility patent approved for the scoreboard. The company is working with attorney Jon Deppe with Holzer Patel Drennan.
The boards are made in Montbello at ZOT Manufacturing, located at 10975 E. 55th Ave. ZOT has made 75 Lederbords and has an order for 125 more. Each board takes about 12 weeks to make, according to PJ Rosendahl, president and CEO of ZOT.
Lederbord was founded in 2016. After attending countless youth baseball, soccer and softball games, the Gooleys were tired of not knowing the score of their kids’ games because they couldn’t see the scoreboard or, more often than not, there wasn’t one in use.
“We figured there’s gotta be a better way to do this other than having the little plastic flip chart,” Eric said.
The Westminster-based company began selling its LED scoreboards last year.