1. Name and title
Sahil Saini, Founder at AKOS
2. What do you do in your current role?
I lead the uber talented design, development and marketing team at AKOS to ensure we deliver the best web experiences for all our builds. Our goal is to create a robust solution that makes end-users fill up with emotions, but equally as important is the happiness of those managing the platforms we build since it has to be easy to operate and maintain. That’s the charge I lead day-to-day at AKOS.
3. How long have you been in the Valley?
Moved to Phoenix in 2010 from Tucson.
4. What’s one of the most gratifying projects you’ve worked on in your career?
It has to be my ongoing involvement as a marketing consultant with CODE Technology, another local software startup. I love everything about CODE – the people, the service and their mission. I realize we may not always work together, but they will always have my heart.
5. What is your favorite part about the AZ tech scene?
I’m not always involved with day-to-day adventures of Arizona’s tech industry, but I realize I need to do more of that. My favorite part would be where I see us going. I know Phoenix has a bright future as a tech hub. I am excited to see it happen and be a part of it.
6. What is your favorite book, podcast or news site?
I’m a sucker for systems streamlining and improving processes, and it may be a cliché, but it’s “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time” by Jeff Sutherland.
I don’t listen to many podcasts, so I’m hoping to read what others recommend and start picking a few up.
7. What is one hobby, adventure or pastime that gets you over-the-top ecstatic just thinking about doing it?
I love sports. Recently I’ve gotten into playing tennis and now I can’t get enough of it. The 5 a.m. tennis mornings get me going for the rest of the day.
8. One person in Arizona you’d like to have brunch with?
Alright, I’m going to take this opportunity to call someone out even if they don’t read it. Meredith DeAngelis, call me.
9. Tell us about your family (spouse, kids, pets, etc.)
I got my entrepreneur spirit from my dad who has been an entrepreneur his whole life. I’ve seen him go through the highs and lows of it all, and that’s made me more resilient. My mom has been an emotional pillar for me and I am certain it’s her artistic genes that led me to what I do now, just with a different medium. My brother is about to graduate from ASU as an industrial engineer. Despite my continued big-brotherly disappointed nods, I’m proud of the human he has become. And, finally, there’s Tiger – my four-legged, 125 lbs, rescued companion for the last 10 years and he’s earned every little peanut butter cookie there is in the world.