Race to Revenue '20: Meet the Racers | James Graham '20 and Alden Kane '20 of OptoSwim Labs

Author: Emily Tyson

James Graham Alden Kane OptoSwimLabs

Describe your company:OptoSwim provides smart home solutions for residential drowning detection and pool monitoring through machine learning and deterministic computer vision methods.”

Why did you apply to Race to Revenue, and what are you hoping to get out of the experience? “The program seemed like a good opportunity to build on the expertise that the IDEA Center has already given. We also see it as a way to connect with fellow entrepreneurs our age.” (Alden) “I always knew I was going to be ‘doing my own thing’ after school.” (James) “I could get a job [in engineering], but what’s the fun in that? In starting OptoSwim, I’ve learned a tremendous amount about both my strengths and what I need to learn.” (Alden)

How have you been helped so far in your venture, and what sort of mentoring are you looking for in the future? “We have received a lot of help from professionals in the pool business, specifically the manager of Notre Dame’s Rolfs Aquatic Center. We are looking forward to receiving expertise in the areas of software development and embedded systems.”

What do you want to learn more about, relating to business development in general or your own company/venture specifically? “We need to learn more about designing for manufacture, testing, and we would like to do more product validation.”

Fun fact: “When your outgo exceeds your inflow, your upkeep becomes your downfall.” (James) “Working code trumps all hype.” {Alden quoting someone else.) “Have you ever been bitten by an elephant? How about a mosquito? It’s the little things that get you.” (Both.)

Favorite place to get tacos: La Cambija in Puerto Rico. “Tacos there are absolutely phenomenal.” (James) Pink Pony in Mackinac island, MI. “Get the fish taco.” (Alden)