Podcast with Steven Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of Treeswift

On Season 3 Episode 10 of the Think Like A Founder podcast, Maureen Taylor interviews Steven Chen. Steven Chen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Treeswift.

Treeswift builds robots to sense the world’s most complex environments. Today, their robots operate in forests, monitoring forest health, predicting carbon capture, and improving overall forest management.

In addition to founding Treeswift, Steven is pursuing a PhD in Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the University of Pennsylvania. He focuses on how robotics can be used in agriculture and forestry. He previously worked as a derivatives trader – trading agriculture options, municipal bond ETFs, and equity options.

Podcast with Steven Chen

The startup is not about you leading yourself. It’s about growing that startup, growing that team and the founder is there to kind of bring them up to speed and get them on board and put them in that position and create that ecosystem for them to thrive.  — Steven Chen

On this episode of the Think Like a Founder podcast, SNP’s Co-Founder & CEO, Maureen Taylor gets Steven’s thoughts on…

  1. The sandbox mentality
  2. Carrying your ideas over the valley of death
  3. Never wanting to be the best person in the room

If you want to read more from Steven check out Steven Chen’s robotics research on Google Scholar. Learn more about his company at Treeswift’s website. 

Think Like A Founder is produced by SNP Communications in San Francisco, California. Visit the Think Like A Founder website to learn more about the podcast and curriculum or connect with Maureen Taylor on LinkedIn to continue the conversation there. 

Series Producer: Róisín Hunt

Sound Design: Marc Ream 

Content and Scripting: Mike Sullivan and Jaselin Drown

Production Coordinator: Natasha Thomas

Thanks also to Selena Persiani-Shell, Jordan Bailey, Matt Johnson, Eli Shell, John Hughes, and Renn Vara.

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