Take a walk with us down memory lane and learn a bit about our roots, and most importantly our passion when it comes to designing great products.
ÄKTA is the culmination of 15 years of digital entrepreneurship - yes, that takes John (our 'Head Wizard' / CEO) back to middle school. He learned HTML in the 6th grade, made the website for his middle school back in Michigan and since then hasn't considered looking back. After starting half a dozen digital companies - a couple failed, a couple fizzled and morphed into other things, a couple resulted in successful exits - ÄKTA is by far his most exciting venture. The opportunity to work with so many innovative thought leaders and companies has allowed John to bring together a phenomenal team and exceptional process to keep the theories behind user experience and user interface design a monumental part of building applications.
Since inception, ÄKTA has become a boutique powerhouse of top-tier thinkers, from: psychologists to product strategists, technologists and artists, who came together from all over the United States (and some from overseas) to create a fun, energetic and passionate team! Based in the heart of Chicago, we find the city to be an exciting place for a company like ours today and are taking advantage of it. Thanks to a number of progressive digital companies and the combined efforts of start-up enabling groups, the city is buzzing with digital entrepreneurship and we have the opportunity to work with many of them.Experience design is one of the most interesting, and most fragmented, industries in the world today. Chicago is booming with so many different and ingenious companies and we strive to get our expertise to reach as many of them as we can. So many people can be graphic designers, but so few understand the importance of product strategy and user experiences for their applications. We came to bridge the gap between a flawless design and a flawless design that is completely intuitive.