EPISODE 15: HUNTER SWENSSON
Hunter discusses his all of his experiences from competing as a professional eSports player to starting his company Paranoid Fan
Today’s episode kicks off our special 3-part sports-tech series, just in time for the Olympics. Leading off is Hunter Swensson, Founder and COO at Paranoid Fan.
Paranoid Fan is a social mapping app that helps fans navigate through their game-day experience, and Hunter has a super interesting journey, being a professional sports athlete where his corporate sponsors included Toyota, and he also worked for ESPN in Texas.
In the interview, we get into a lot, from the ups and downs of founding a company, getting customers at Paranoid Fan, building their company in Dallas… and you’ll find out about who “old man makowski” is.
One Key lesson to highlight: take what you learn from your successes and apply it to your future endeavors (in Hunter’s case, his halo esports dominance has helped him in his entrepreneurial journey).
Hunter is a hungry entrepreneur, it was inspiring chatting with him – Thank you to Michael Keoni DeFranco for connecting us, and please enjoy the conversation with Hunter Swensson.
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2:50 – Elevator pitch for Hunter’s company Paranoid Fan
6:07 – Hunter’s time as a professional eSports player
11:27 – Getting corporate sponsors for eSports
15:01 – Moving on from eSports to ESPN
16:37 – The inspiration behind Paranoid Fan
19:12 – The steps taken to create Paranoid Fan
23:00 – The importance of good partners
24:30 – How Hunter attracted early investors
27:21 – Hunter’s customer acquisition strategy
31:08 – How Paranoid Fan keeps users coming back
36:40 – Paranoid Fan’s business plan
40:35 – Paranoid Fan competitors
43:19 – How users can update information on the app
45:28 – What Hunter is most looking forward to for Paranoid Fan
49:19 – Takeaways from the Techstar program
52:15 – Rapid Fire Q&A – One thing that you would want to do in Hawaii, top tools or resources for entrepreneurs, favorite sports team, who inspires you, final tips for entrepreneurs