Gene Swank

Gene is a Columnist at Grit Daily. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been responsible for successful ventures in the manufacturing, technology, fashion, real estate & education verticals. Gene is currently the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Propellant Labs, an online incubator for startups. As the Managing Director, Gene lead the charge to scale the portfolio of companies to 60 outstanding startups, with a combined valuation of over $100M. Prior to his work as an entrepreneur, Gene spent 15 years as a Software Engineer in the high tech industry where he lead projects in aerospace,  telecommunications and is recognized as an early pioneer of WiMAX technology. Gene is also on the board of Springs Charter Schools.  He is a contributor to Forbes.com, a mentor for a variety of companies from computer vision to a professional sports league and is a respected thought leader in crypto and blockchain. In addition, Gene is a council member for a global think tank (The International Digital Monetary Counsel) where he works alongside some of the most brilliant minds in the world (such as a former US Senator) to help shape the future of digital currencies in the world.

“What You Wish You Knew When You First Started: 8 Founders Spill the Beans

Entrepreneurship is always filled with challenges. Yet, as a founder and CEO, the key is to rise above those challenges and not let them impact your ability to reach your goals. Throughout our entrepreneurial journey, we are constantly learning and evolving from our mistakes. I asked eight founders to imagine if they could go back in time, what would be one thing that they have learned along the way, that would be powerful to know when they first got started as an entrepreneur. Dominic Nguyen...

THIS FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR SAYS AGE SHOULD NOT BE AN OBSTACLE FOR STARTING YOUR COMPANY

Alicia Williams is considered a highly respected voice in the marketing world. However, this wasn’t always the case. Alicia’s early days as a startup founder were not quite as glamorous as one might assume. Our very own Grit Daily columnist Gene Swank sat down with Alicia to discuss life as a female entrepreneur and the road to launching her first company —all at the young age of 21, while still living at home with her parents. Grit Daily: Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a little about how you got started?  Alicia Williams: I was always fascinated with the word Entrepreneur- I remember seeing it under someone’s name and just fixating on it- but at that time I had no idea what it meant…I was 10.  I...

Rhonda Vetere Let Us Pick Her Brain on Esteé Lauder and Grit & Grind. Here’s What’s Inside.

Rhonda Vetere isn’t your typical Fortune 500 executive. If she’s not busy in the boardroom, you may find her diving off cliffs or running half marathons in the icy New York City weather. Rhonda is a huge advocate for women in entrepreneurship and was the former Chief Information & Technology Officer for Esteé Lauder. Grit Daily columnist Gene Swank sat down with Rhonda to pick her brain about her new book, her adventures and her life as a top tech executive. Grit Daily: Thank you so much...