Arash Saffarnia

Senior Vice President of Engineering

4INFO

Find me online:

“I set the technology goals for my company, and I help motivate my team to meet/exceed those goals.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Senior Vice President of Engineering

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of ACCOMPLISHING GOALS and the interests of ENGINEERING and TECHNOLOGY.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

My day starts off with me going through two sets of emails: the first set is system emails, such as warning messages or any kind of automatic message generated by our systems; the other is made up of internal/external requests. Then I set up a prioritized list of things that will need my attention over the course of the day. We have a standup meeting at 10:30 a.m. where I get to hear what everyone's working on and what needs my attention. The rest of the day is me checking items off of my list.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

I deal with people constantly, and I've had to manage many different teams, so communication skills are key. I have to have the patience to take in a wealth of information, and also the rationale to make quick decisions that will be best for the company. I also do a lot of troubleshooting, so you have to have great problem-solving skills.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Senior Vice President of Engineering

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Physics, General
  • Undergraduate - Applied Mathematics, General

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - San Francisco State University, Physics, General
  • Undergraduate - San Francisco State University, Applied Mathematics, General

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

Computer engineering is a very broad field, so try to find an internship in an area that you like so that you can start narrowing it down. It's always good to get out there and get your hands dirty, and even if you don't like the field you initially enter, then at least you've learned a good lesson.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MY PEERS

“You didn't go to a prestigious school; your business won't get funded.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

When I was in school, Silicon Valley was definitely more skewed towards funding the websites that were coming out of Ivy League schools. So when my friend and I started our own tech company, people were skeptical about whether we'd succeed. Luckily, there's a much more diverse mix of people in the valley now, and with all of the VC funding, you can definitely succeed without that "pedigree." Just use your friends and family as your sounding boards when things get tough, and don't give up.

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