Meet the Class of 2014 Who’s Who Women in Ecommerce™ Shazia Sami, Founder – Ottomate Inc

"Meet the Class of 2014 Who's Who Women in Ecommerce™ Shazia Sami, Founder - Ottomate Inc"Shazia’s interest in technology began as a child learning basic programming, which continued as she taught herself Java and eventually pursued that passion at the University of Maryland and studied Computer Science. Her drive allowed her to quickly move up the corporate management ranks and become Director and eventually CTO. Over her career she has been responsible for technology programs as large as $1B.

Shazia’s experience in the corporate world was incredible but being an entrepreneur was in her blood, seeing her father launch multiple businesses as a child she always dreamt of having her own business.  She decided to leave the corporate world and founded 2 startups, one focused on eCommerce and the other in Mobile technology.  

Her first startup, ClickClang – which was focused on mobile video, was early (when the Blackberry was the smartest phone around). Shazia learned the ups and downs of founding a startup during a recession. Despite being started in such tough times she had an acquisition offer pre-launch, which she regrets not taking. Her second startup CoutureMafia, which launched in April of 2012 was acquired in a mere 4 months.

Her most recent startup is Ottomate an intuitive home automation system that learns a user’s habits within 2 weeks (no input from the user is required), automates anything it is used with all while saving users as much as 50% on their electric bills.  

Shazia has worn many hats but likes none better than that of entrepreneur, founder and out of the box thinker. Her website

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