Akash Garg is the Director of the Growth team at Twitter. In this role, he has helped drive tens of millions of active users to Twitter.
Prior to Twitter, Akash co-founded hi5.com and was the company’s original technical visionary and CTO. Akash developed the core product concepts and underlying technology that has helped to fuel the rapid growth of the service. To build one of the most-trafficked sites in the world, Akash guided the early design and implementation of a highly scalable, highly available platform using a combination of open source and homegrown technologies on low-cost Linux machines. Having achieved a user base of over 250 million registered members, Akash is one of the foremost experts in the field of consumer viral marketing.
Prior to hi5, Akash was at Reactivity (acquired by Cisco), assisting early-stage startups with technology strategy and direction, as well as architecting and implementing key portions of Reactivity’s flagship product. His interest in computers and technology began at a very young age. His family had purchased one of the early IBM PCs, and Akash’s initial interest in PC gaming led to an exploration and passion in programming.
Akash graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.