About the Author
Akira Hirai is the founder and CEO of Cayenne Consulting, LLC, in San Clemente, CA. He has 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, management, business planning, financial analysis, software engineering, operations, and decision analysis. Before founding Cayenne Consulting in 2001, Hirai started two Internet companies in Silicon Valley. Previously, he held various management positions at Salomon Brothers in New York City. He has also worked as a senior financial risk management consultant to the financial services industry. He earned his BA in engineering sciences from Harvard University.