Joseph’s love of technology started in the 3rd grade when he was introduced to his first computer, and subsequently, the internet. He was enthralled with how one device could deliver varied experiences from entertainment to efficient and seamless global communication. This discovery led Joseph to want to create new experiences of his own through technology. He pursued his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and the Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively. He then pursued his MBA at the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business in order to transition into Product Management.
Today, Joseph is passionate about the intersection of product and culture and takes pride in creating global products that resonate with local cultures and communities. He now focuses on developing solutions and experiences for LinkedIn’s non-United States based users who represent over 450+ million members. Prior to LinkedIn, Joseph was a Product Manager at Lyft and NVIDIA, and held roles in business development and marketing at Intel.
His passion for reaching back and ensuring those who come after him don’t struggle as much as he did is the reason this site exists. Tips and tools on how to succeed in the tech industry seem to exist in a blackbox which results in a lot of learning on the job, followed by, a lot of mistakes. So don’t thank Joe. Thank his struggle.
Oh, and he loves baking and dancing Cuban salsa. Catch him in a kitchen or on a dance floor near you!
In the Press
On 8/29/2020, Joseph Akoni spoke with Georgia Tech’s Product Management Club. His presentation was titled “What I Wish I Knew About Product Management Before Becoming a Product Management.
On 8/18/2020, Joseph Akoni joined a panel of product managers in the tech industry (from Microsoft, Reddit, Salesforce, and Blend) who are also Berkeley grads! #goBears. We spoke
I spoke to 50 aspiring product managers as part of ColorStack’s fireside chat series with Jehron Petty, Founder of Colorstack. ColorStack’s mission is to increase the entrance, retention and success of Black, Latinx, and Native American college students in computing.