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learn from each project and we apply that
to the next development."

Successful Approach
Acharya prefers the challenges presented
by condominium projects, many of which
he builds as mixed-use developments. "I
came into the industry with a high-tech
background and I take a different approach
to solving problems and keep an open
mind," Acharya says. "I have a different
business DNA; I am wired differently. I have
the ability to learn quickly and process
information quickly.
Specifically, business traits such as
out-of-the-box thinking, an aggressive approach, teamwork and a keen understanding of technology helped him succeed
from the start. Acharya says developing a
space people can be proud to call home is
also a very attractive aspect for him. "The
excitement around buying a property and
calling it home made me more passionate
and I want to build that project that continues to get people excited," he adds. "We

want to be at the forefront of pushing the
envelope constantly."
SiliconSage Builders' core team consists
of about 60 people. The company has more
than 200 people working in the field on
any given day. "They are all my employees,"
Acharya says. "We have a dream team of
highly qualified in-house staff and consultants who make the fast-paced growth journey that we have undertaken an exciting
and fun process."
Acharya's key executives, Jeff Douthit,
chief operating officer, and Lily Quan, director of sales and marketing, thrive on speed
and agility as standard operating procedure.
"Our employees enjoy an environment of
innovative projects, steady growth, longterm prospects and a team that treats each
other like family," Acharya adds.
The company is also looking to increase
its vendor pool and develop new relationships. "We would invite nationwide
and international wholesale suppliers of
various products to contact our purchasing
department to bid on our projects," Acharya

notes. "Suppliers who can compete well and
give us a great product at a great price we
would look to develop a long-term relationship. We need people who can understand
building 1,000-plus units. One of the things
we are focused on over the coming months
and years is vendor development in terms
of material suppliers from A to Z in the
construction industry."

Sense of Community
Over the past seven years, SiliconSage
Builders has completed about 13 projects
with a total of 165 units throughout Silicon
Valley. The company has four projects under construction that will add 145 for-sale
condominiums to Santa Clara, Calif., and
bring the company's total to 350 units in
Silicon Valley over the next year-and-a-half.
Downtown Gateway, a mixed-use development, will be the first new home community built in historic Santa Clara's downtown in 20 years. It will include 44 condos
on three floors above 14,500 square feet of
ground floor commercial space. Downtown

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