Arash Saffarnia

Arash Saffarnia

Senior Vice President of Engineering


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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I didn't go to an especially prestigious school, so landing an internship was a very big deal.
I was the first person in my class to get a good internship.
I definitely got that internship because I always went after opportunities when they arose.
A few years after I entered the workforce, I decided to start a tech business with my friend.
Developing that company taught me everything about programming and business from the ground up.
I tell everyone that 10 years after you graduate college is a great time to take chances like that.
Shortly afterwards, the dot-com bubble burst; it felt like I'd never find a job again.
That taught me a great lesson: even with the degree and experience, I still wasn't "all that."
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Physics, General
San Francisco State University
Bachelor
Applied Mathematics, General
San Francisco State University

Career

Senior Vice President of Engineering

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

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Technology
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

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 & Qualities Beyond School

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.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

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.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Physics, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Applied Mathematics, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

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