leo grand

Leo Grand’s life changed after a 23-year-old programmer who used to walk past the homeless man offered him a deal: Patrick McConlogue offered to either give Grand $100, or teach him how to code.


Grand chose the latter, and after three months he has released his first mobile application.

From Gothamist:

Among similar products, Trees for Cars uniquely provides information on how much CO2 the user is saving with each ride which further encourages environmental awareness and creates a healthy competition amongst users to save the most CO2. Grand has already started work on Trees for Cars 2 with additional features and functionality but believes Trees for Cars is the ideal foundation for his future endeavors to take cars off the road.

Read more at Gothamist

Grand says the app can also be used as a tool for community building by allowing people to connect with other riders and drivers as Trees for Cars users.“It’s a great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each-other financially and energy wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment” said Grand.


Sounds like this is only the beginning of a string of inventions for Grand.

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