If you don’t take big risks, you won’t get big rewards

The cofounder of Swill—the Seamless of alcohol—shares tips on entrepreneurship

Do What You Love is a new series that showcases the entrepreneurs behind emerging companies. In this edition, we sat down with Andrew Young, the cofounder of Swill — here’s what he shared:


Swill is the Seamless of alcohol. We let people order what they want — wine, beer, spirits — and get it delivered to where they are in NYC.

I taught myself programming and quit my day job to start something. What I know is that I don’t want to work for anyone. I want to be able to make people smile and love what they do everyday. I want to create an atmosphere where people are passionate about what they’re doing. That’s what matters to me the most.

An entrepreneur is someone that’s willing to take risks. It’s someone that’s willing to take their future into their own hands, and it’s tough for people to take that leap.

Take the time between 6 and 12 at night to figure out what you love to do. Go to events, network. Once you realize what you want to do, figure out how to do that full-time. Whether it’s saving money to do it yourself, or finding a job that leads to your goal, if you don’t take big risks you don’t get big rewards.

I have a side of me that knows there’s a job to get done. As the cofounder of a team, I know that we’re all depending on each other for the success of this company. But then there are times when I just want to enjoy myself — just for a brief moment. Then I get back on the home stretch. Whether I’m wearing a dress shirt now or a banana suit later, both sides are part of me.

You need to love what you do because at that point what you do stops being a job. I love making people happy. That’s what I want to do. That’s what I wake up for. Everyone’s life is limited and you need to enjoy it as much as you can.

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