Siamak Sani, BS EECS '83, the Founder and CEO of World Hearing Organization (WHO) Inc., aims to bring technology-disrupting hearing healthcare to 25 million patients in the U.S. He shares his thoughts on his time at Cal, the thrills and challenges of entrepreurship, and his future aspirations for WHO.
Q. What have you carried from your Berkeley experience to your work in innovation/entrepreneurship?
A. Everything. Being at Cal during the 1981-83 years, I studied under the greatest professors whose books continue to be the standard for engineering schools. One specific class was an integrated circuit design and wafer processing class where we actually designed and manufactured a 6 transistor SRAM cell, saw working silicon, tested it, etc. That perhaps shaped my career from the start, and fuels my passion for using technology to make things cheaper, better, and faster.
Q. What advice would you offer students just beginning their careers in the startup world, either as founders or as early team members?
A. Follow your passion and dreams and don't give up. Life has many ups and downs. Be persistent. Try to change the world.