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Inside the Boxx – Swamy, Co-Founder, COO & CTO

Meet Our COO & CTO, Swamy We are thrilled to introduce Swamy, our COO & CTO at Sandboxx. Swamy’s guiding philosophy, “If you change the...

Meet Our COO & CTO, Swamy

We are thrilled to introduce Swamy, our COO & CTO at Sandboxx. Swamy’s guiding philosophy, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” has been a cornerstone of his personal and professional life.

Early Entrepreneurship

Swamy’s entrepreneurial journey began in high school with a book delivery service he co-founded with a friend. Utilizing their bicycles, they checked out free books from the library and delivered them to local children for a small fee. Reflecting on this venture, Swamy recalls, “We were the only two kids on the street with bikes, and the business worked well initially. However, it soon became evident that it wasn’t sustainable or scalable. We spent all day riding bikes without any time to reinvest our revenue. As soon as others got bikes, our business model would collapse.”

A Passion for Technology

This early experience ignited Swamy’s passion for creating businesses that make a difference. Growing up in Kerala, India, often referred to as “God’s Own Country,” Swamy was thrilled to graduate high school with a computer science degree. He quickly recognized the boundless creative freedom and potential that the technology landscape offered.

Swamy pursued his studies in Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences at Kerala University in India. After graduating, he spent three years teaching before transitioning to a role as a software engineer. Despite his success, he yearned for a greater impact on people’s lives.

Swamy worked on a couple of projects that showcased his innovative spirit and technical acumen. One such project involved neural networks and holography, pushing the boundaries of what technology could achieve.

“Working on neural networks and holography was a transformative experience,” Swamy reflects. “It allowed me to delve into the complexities of machine learning and data processing, while also exploring the fascinating realm of visual representation through holography. This project not only honed my technical skills but also deepened my appreciation for the potential of technology to create immersive and intelligent systems.”

Swamy Sandboxx Chief Technological Officer New York

The American Dream

The allure of the American dream, coupled with the country’s technological advancements, drew Swamy to the United States. “I wanted to become part of the American technology ecosystem, known for its creativity and innovation. The impact it has on everyone’s lives is phenomenal,” he explains.

Swamy embarked on his American journey with $500 in his pocket, moving first to San Francisco and then to New York in 2001. His initial experiences in the U.S. included working at a consulting firm and later at a New York startup, where he developed software for networking equipment. The excitement of those early days was tempered by the tragic events of 9/11, which he witnessed from the streets of Manhattan. “I’ll never forget that day. Seeing the towers fall reinforced my values of staying grounded, grateful, and resilient.”

Continued Growth and Innovation

As the recession loomed, Swamy decided to further his education, earning a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and Science in Kentucky. He then joined a small insurance technology company in Boston, where he played a pivotal role in its growth from 10 to 500 employees over a decade. “Until I co-founded Sandboxx, this was the best business experience I had. In the early days, everyone wore multiple hats. I was involved in Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Software Engineering. It truly opened my eyes to what growing a business entails.”

Joining Sandboxx

Swamy’s journey to Sandboxx began through mutual contacts who introduced him to Sam, our CEO. Sam was seeking a Co-Founder and CTO to develop the Sandboxx platform from an MVP. Swamy was looking for an opportunity to build something impactful. It was a perfect match from the start.

Swamy’s extensive experience, combined with his passion for technology and innovation, continues to drive Sandboxx forward, making a significant difference in the lives of military personnel and their families.

We are proud to have Swamy leading our technological endeavors and are excited about the future innovations he will bring to Sandboxx.

Team Sandboxx Sam Meek, Shane McCarthy, Swamy
Sam Meek, Shane McCarthy, and Swamy in the early days.

Final Thoughts from Swamy

Favorite thing about working at Sandboxx?

When Sandboxx was founded, our team lived and worked under the same roof, driven by a shared vision. Today, our journey has evolved into a dynamic and dedicated team at Sandboxx. We are incredibly fortunate to have attracted talented individuals who are united by our mission to serve the military community. Their passion and commitment continue to propel our success.

What’s been the best part of watching Sandboxx grow?

Observing our team grow, establishing robust processes and best practices, and occasionally rolling up our sleeves to dive back into hustle mode has been immensely rewarding. I vividly recall driving to the post office in the early days with perhaps a single letter, handling it with utmost care.

“To evolve from sending one letter a day to 10,000, while maintaining the same level of meticulous attention and care from every team member, is truly inspiring.”

Check out when Swamy flew across the country to hand deliver mail ensuring that all recruits at Fort Jackson got their letters before the 4th of July. 

What do you do at Sandboxx?

My primary priority is ensuring that we remain focused in our mission and vision of genuinely supporting the military community. This involves identifying the internal needs of the company and strategically building out our teams to address them. As we expand at an impressive rate, it is crucial to ensure we bring the right talent on board. Additionally, maintaining a product that simplifies our users’ lives is paramount; thus, every new feature and development must be meticulously planned and executed.

Furthermore, I take great pride in my role as the self-proclaimed Head of Culture. I believe that while people should take their work seriously, they should not take themselves too seriously.

As someone who is a civilian and relocated to America, what is it like working in a space dominated by military life?

Growing up, I admired my uncle, who served in the Indian military. His discipline and work ethic were unparalleled, but what stood out the most was his selflessness. He consistently put others before himself, and I strive to emulate those values.

Having been graciously welcomed to this country and enjoying the freedoms and opportunities it offers, I consider it a privilege to give back in any way I can. The U.S. military community exemplifies the strengths I admired in my uncle. As a civilian, it is a great honor for me to contribute to making their lives easier.

Where do you see your future going?

I envision a long-term future with Sandboxx, but I also have a strong desire to return to teaching. Currently, I volunteer with local organizations that equip children with entrepreneurship skills and offer software instruction. I firmly believe that even “small” ideas can change the world, and I am excited to see what the next generation of entrepreneurs will achieve.

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