Spotlight on Swish Goswami
Meet Swish Goswami - a fearless, self-proclaimed "serial entrepreneur" with vast experience in multiple industries with many businesses. From starting a hovercraft business with his dad at age 7 to recently developing an AR headset for coaches to watch their players' biometrics in real time, it seems there's nothing Swish hasn't done, or can't accomplish.
- You are a self-proclaimed "serial entrepreneur". Walk us through all of your ventures!
When I was 7, I started a hovercraft business with my dad called Hi-Tech Avionics Ltd. I sold my first and only hovercraft for $200 and bought the Nintendo DS with a New Super Mario Bro’s expansion pack. That was the start and end to my entreprenuer life for a couple of years. When I was 10 I started planning my businesses but never did anything to act upon those dreams until I was 14 and joined a program called Junior Achievement. I ran a custom lapels pin company called Tracy’s Pins under the program and won Alberta’s Company of the Year. This helped me gain access to a great network. Using that I launched two non-profits in high school: the World Youth Fund (world’s first youth social capital fund currently partnered with the World Bank) and The Next Foundry (an online incubator for rural based entreprenuers). I ran those throughout high school and then moved to Toronto where I started FoodShare, a food redistribution service mainly based in the Greater Toronto Area.
Last year, I was DMed by Trevor Booker (PF for the Philadelphia 76ers) and with his guidance I built Technotronics, a wearables startup that built software that could integrate more than four sensitive trackers with an AR headset so that coaches and trainers can gauge their players biometrics all in real time. After successfully licensing the product, I moved to New York and currently help run Dunk, a sports media company with an internal network of 10M followers hyperfocused on basketball and SuperFan, a fan engagement and rewards tool.
2. You've recently begun to invest in other ventures. What do you look for in a venture when you're considering investing?
They’re three main things I look at; one, the expertise and attitude of the operator behind the project. Two, the idea and how the operator plans to navigate it going forward. Finally, the capacity I have to help grow the business (in other words, is the business in a space I know and have experience with).
3. You are incredibly qualified, experienced, and awarded, especially for your age! What has your inspiration been, and what's your advice to other young entrepreneurs?
I have quite a few inspirations but the two that immediately come to mind are Kobe Bryant (for his sheer competitiveness) and my brother Veenu (for his humility and desire to continue learning). Honestly though I still see myself as an up and comer and so I don’t feel like I’m qualified yet to give advice. If I have to suggest something, it’d be to make sure that as you grow your network or business, continue to find ways to improve yourself whether it be by becoming more knowledgeable, becoming stronger or becoming fearless.