With his knowledge and experience, Jake Prince knows the ins and outs of Anaplan to help keep your business at the top of its game. This week, we had the chance to learn about what keeps him motivated, what makes Akili different and more.
What’s your role at Akili and the most satisfying aspect about it?
I’m a consultant on the Business Planning Team, primarily responsible for building and supporting Anaplan models. The most satisfying aspect of my job has been the diverse team that I work with. It has been extremely rewarding to work with individuals who are dedicated to providing the best possible solutions to our clients, while also having a work-life balance, and always having fun.
How did you become interested in your line of work?
I’ve always been a people person, and someone who enjoys helping others with their problems. I started my career as a financial analyst for a small tax company after finishing school, and after several years, the job became very repetitive from month to month. I was ready for a new challenge where I engaged with people to address a client’s needs rather than being buried in my excel work all day.
What about Akili made you decide to join?
There are tons of reasons that I decided to join Akili, but I’m a firm believer in the 12 core values that Akili had laid out. They served as a guide to let me know what kind of organization I was joining, and I knew I would fit right in.
What’s a memory that stood out to you at Akili?
In any organization, you will have employees who decide to look for new opportunities for growth, or seek out a new challenge. However, at Akili, there have been at least 3 employees who left, worked a bit at their new job, and decided to return to Akili. All of these individuals are excellent in their respective jobs and performance had no bearing on their return to Akili; it was simply the amazing culture and atmosphere that has been cultivated here.
In your opinion, what makes Akili different?
The culture – I’ve worked at places that say “We’re going to treat you like adults …” and “Work hard, play hard”, but mostly, it’s just lip service. Here, the management team is focused on its employees, and it really shows in the culture.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar and piano, playing sand volleyball, going to live music events in Dallas, and traveling. Also, I can’t forget about my Texas Longhorns! Hook’em!
What keeps you motivated?
It is very rewarding to impact a client’s day to day work in a positive manner. Delivering high quality solutions, and cutting down the time required to do a task from 1 week to 1 day, make the world of a difference to an organization. I’m always looking for new ways to improve the quality of solutions delivered.
Tell us about some of the greatest advice you’ve ever received.
“Whether you think you can or cannot, you’re right.” I try to keep this in mind throughout the day. If you put your mind to something, you will be amazed at what you can do. However, if you admit defeat right off the bat, you’ll never make any progress.