The same year that Jason Lucash and co-founder Mike Szymczak launched OrigAudio, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based electronics maker, the company’s flagship device — a speaker that can fold up when not in use — won Time’s 50 best inventions of the year. That was 2009. Today, the company now has nine products and 14 employees. And in 2012, OrigAudio’s sales clocked in at $4 million — making Entrepreneur’s decision to name Lucash its Emerging Entrepreneur of 2012 a no brainer.
Diana Ransom is the editor of YoungEntrepreneur.com, as well as a contributing editor at Entrepreneur.com and columnist for Entrepreneur’s Startups magazine. She's written about small businesses and startups for The Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Daily News, SmartMoney.com and FastCompany magazine. Ransom lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.