Name: Sainabou Gaye, everyone just calls me Saina.
What do you do at Josh? I’m a Business Associate and Office Manager, assisting the Business Development team. I also help with the social media, administrative tasks and managing the office on a day-to-day basis.
Where are you from originally? I’m born and (mostly) raised in Minnesota — also known as MinnSNOWta. I have been lucky to live all over the world though. As a child, my parents left me in West Africa for a bit (that’s another story for another day). I have also lived in Sydney, Australia for almost two years.
Which office do you work in? I work in the Santa Monica office. As much as I love the city and people of Denver, I love the ocean more.
What do you love about the smart home? At first it might sound scary or foreign, but it is actually really easy to integrate into your everyday life. With what we can do now, the smart home can be a surreal experience, as if you’re living in a cool sci-fi film.
What are you most excited about over the next few years? Reading about different ways that companies and individuals want to incorporate smart technology into their life. I feel like we are on the edge of another tech revolution.
iPhone or Android? I used to think that the battle of the phones was ridiculous. Then I got an iPhone. .. I’m never going back to an Android!
What do you do for fun? Listen to almost any type of music and probably dance along to it. I love reading, and I am usually carrying a book around with me. Being outdoors is a must for me whether it’s hiking, swimming, picnics — as long as the sun is shining, I am in. I love trying new food, especially local delicacies when I am traveling.
If you could go anywhere, where would it be? I love to travel so I definitely have a long list of places I want to go. Norway, France, and Germany are next on my travel itinerary. I also want to backpack all over South America, I’ll plan that after my European excursion.
Favorite restaurant in the world? In Minnesota there is a restaurant called ‘Wing Joint,’ located in a slightly sketchy strip mall. My best friend and I would order the family size meal of super salty chicken wings and sides to go. Then we’d go home, turn on Netflix, and demolish the meal.
Favorite IoT / smart home product? I really like Smart TVs. They have everything you should need or want, such as watching shows and films, surfing the internet, or listening to and discovering new music. The picture quality is great too, which enhances the viewing experience.
What is your favorite feature of Josh? Josh is so user friendly! There are many ways for you to control Josh and different ways to utilize this around your home. You can use your phone or computer, and if that seems too complicated, you can just use voice commands. Everyone, from your children to your grandmother, should be able to use Josh.
Favorite books / reading material / websites? My favorite novel is Giovanni’s Room By James Baldwin. Books on psychology, science, and human nature are also some of my favorite reads. I enjoy learning as it helps you navigate the world better.