John Roa

AKTA Web Studio - CEO


Quick Bio

John Roa is the CEO and founder of ÄKTA. After just four years, the bootstrapped company has achieved an overall growth rate of 1,147% and is one of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing, Private Companies in Chicago. This year, ÄKTA was also recognized as one of Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Companies in the America. John founded ÄKTA after a successful exit from a video game marketing agency in 2007. More than being a life-long digital entrepreneur and international thought leader in user experience and human-centered design, John can spot and seize opportunities before they become obvious. He saw the need to meet the enterprise market’s growing needs for authentic Experience Design with a focus on mobility. After travelling to Iceland a few years ago, he came back and cofounded Digital Hope, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of crowdfunding (via social media) to channel resources into micro, underfunded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries.

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