Co-Founder and CEO | Wiivv
Shamil Hargovan is a tech entrepreneur, who has contributed thought leadership and invention to the emerging fields of adaptive manufacturing, augmented reality, and IoT. In 2016, Shamil was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Manufacturing and Industry in 2016 and Forbes 30 Under 30 Alumni All-Star List in 2017. Shamil quit his job at Hewlett-Packard (HP) to co-found Wiivv, with the vision of transforming footwear and apparel for every human body so that we can move and live our best. The Vancouver-headquartered start-up has raised over $10M in venture funding and grown its direct-to-consumer and partnerships business lines 4X YoY since the initial "custom-fit insoles from your smartphone" product launch. During his time at HP, Shamil product managed devices and app-based services that resulted in revenues over $3B. He played a key strategic role in developing HP’s business opportunity and foray into the 3D printing industry. Prior to that, Mr. Hargovan was a management and strategy consultant at Clarkston Consulting, serving clients in the consumer products and life sciences industries.
Shamil got his start in the industry at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) in Silicon Valley, where he worked on digital media startups within their ventures group. There, he had a transformational cafeteria conversation with the computer mouse and hyper-text inventor, Douglas Engelbart, that changed his career outlook forever. Shamil is an active community volunteer, outdoorsman, scholar of global affairs, and supporter of the arts.
Now a proud resident of Cascadia, Shamil has lived in and worked for organizations ranging from 3 to 300,000 people in Australia, Africa, and North America.