Class of 2017
Majors: Entrepreneurship, emerging enterprises, information management & technology
Hometown: Black Rock, Connecticut
Seth Samowitz has always had an entrepreneurial spirit—he started his first company when he was just 16 years old.
Gladiator Snapbacks was the largest distributor of snapback hats on the East Coast. However, Samowitz sold Gladiator Snapbacks shortly after starting it to develop Gladiator Merchandise. While he was still in high school, his company Gladiator Merchandise was making hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in sales before he sold it in 2014.
“Running a company at such a young age was very valuable, as it taught me how to solve problems quickly and manage people,” said Samowitz.
Samowitz then came to Syracuse University after being accepted into the dual program between Whitman and the iSchool, allowing him to further his dream of being an entrepreneur. With dual majors in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises and information management and technology, Samowitz has the opportunity to explore his passion for tech startups.
“I knew it was the place for me the second I stepped on campus for the first time,” he said.
At Syracuse, he has been involved with Delta Sigma Pi, the Entrepreneurship Club and Enactus. In the summer following his freshman year, Samowitz participated in the AsiaTech program through the iSchool and had the opportunity to study abroad in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. He is currently spending this spring semester abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Last summer, Samowitz worked as a business development intern for Square in New York City. He worked with a team to develop an algorithm to find customers that matched certain criteria more closely than a Google search or buying a list would.
Currently, Samowitz is the co-founder of Chaching, the first mobile keyboard that allows users to send and receive money across any messaging application. Chaching was recently named the second best startup in America at South by Southwest, Best Hack by TransferWise and was a finalist in the MasterCard Masters of Code competition.
“We hope to transform the way people send money using their phone and eliminate cash and checks,” explained Samowitz. “We are launching our private beta in coming weeks, so go to Chaching.io to sign up for news and get on our waiting list.”
Samowitz plans to continue working on Chaching following graduation. Eventually, he hopes to move to Silicon Valley and continue his work as an entrepreneur for a startup.
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