CognitiveScale’s Akshay Sabhikhi On Austin’s Unique Tech Scene
Sabhikhi came to Austin in 1987 where he graduated from UT Austin with degrees in electrical and computer engineering and later went on to work in product management roles. After working for several software companies he launched AI startup CognitiveScale.
Sabhikhi believes that Austin fosters a sense of community and connectedness, as opposed to Silicon Valley, which he described as non-collaborative and cutthroat. When talking about leveraging Austin’s ecosystem, he said, “When you are trying to solve really big technical problems, it’s not about a single company or a single technology. It’s about bringing together a variety of capabilities and skills and technologies.” In order to make that a reality Akshay spoke about the importance of UT Austin’s stellar education — with its engineering school and computer science department ranked in the top 10 in the country — and the need to keep that talent in Austin.
He went on to discuss one of the challenges for Austin-startups is a lack of funding, which traditionally comes from the East and West coasts. To solve that problem Sabhikhi suggested reaching out to large VCs about Austin tech and proposing they establish local offices.