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Akira Hirai, Managing Director
With 15 years of experience in software engineering, web design, entrepreneurship, management, business planning, financial analysis, operations, and decision analysis, Akira has the breadth and depth of experience needed to quickly understand your business and craft the most suitable solution for you.
Before launching Cayenne Media in 2002 and Cayenne Consulting in 2000, Akira started two Internet companies in Silicon Valley. Previously, Akira held various management positions in New York at Salomon Smith Barney, most recently as Vice President in Fixed Income Derivatives Trading. He has also worked as a senior risk management consultant to the financial services industry; software engineer; advertising sales manager for the popular Let's Go travel guide series; general manager of an advertising and graphic design agency; and engineering intern at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
Akira earned his BA in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University.
He has also served on the Board of Directors for ITASA (Information Technology Association of Southern Arizona), was named Entrepreneur of the Week by vCapital.com, and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of business planning and financial forecasting at the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac entrepreneur development program in Phoenix.