ImagiNation with Cavan Cohoes

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Cavan Cohoes

Co-Founder & Inventor at SafeSight Technologies LLC

Occupation: Co-Founder & Inventor at SafeSight Technologies LLC.

Age: 25

Favorite Productivity Tool: Excel

Most Recommended App: Coursera

Last Thing You Read: The Principles of Philosophy by Rene Descartes

Instagram handle: @cavancohoes

Tell us about your journey? I am a military brat.  I grew up in Southern California and attended high school in Mildenhall, England and Stuttgart, Germany. My senior year of high school I was drafted in the 2011 MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. I spent 3 seasons with Seattle and 1 season with the Philadelphia Phillies. After struggling with injury, I decided I wanted to attend college. I began taking classes at Harvard in 2014, but soon dropped out to pursue business.

What's your favorite part of your day? My favorite part of the day is nighttime. I enjoy solitude, the evening provides a peaceful time where I can reflect on the day, as well as begin preparation for the following morning.

When do you feel most successful? I feel most successful when I am having productive conversations with others regarding important issues. Whether those are philosophical, scientific, or otherwise.  

What do you do to recharge when you’re feeling drained? Playing the piano and guitar are extremely fulfilling outlets for me. They allow me to reset and relax.

What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur? What I have learned is that you have to ensure that the people around you have comparable work ethic and drive. Nothing is more frustrating than investing time in a project that is being inhibited by lack of urgency or incompetence.

How do you optimize your day? I try to waste as little time as possible. This seems simple, but with the world at our disposal via smart phone, there are many distractions that other generations didn’t have to contend with.

Who is the person/people who allowed you to imagine more? I have always been depicted as an extremely analytical individual. Being around Clint Winter, the inventor of our initial prototype, allowed for a more creative dialogue I may have otherwise not engaged in.

What does imagining more mean to you and your story? I think it is vitally important. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my experiences with others and providing personal insights.  These sorts of interactions are invaluable, and mutually beneficial.

If you could do more of one thing every day what would it be? It would be to appreciate what I have. Hyper-driven entrepreneurs tend to never be satisfied with their current state of affairs.  This mentality makes them successful.  However, it is important to take a step back and appreciate the present, as opposed to incessantly looking to the future.