Akiva Goldstein has been providing quality service and support to customers for over 30 years. He followed his ambitions, from an early foundation in his family’s repair business to the founding of his own thriving IT services company. Learn more about his professional journey and how he’s carried on the family tradition while carving his own path.
Most recently, Akiva launched OnsiteIn60’s “Ask a CTO” web feature in 2019. He created the page to stay true to his commitment to provide the best IT services in the industry. Ask a CTO is a free service designed to answer basic support questions or offer general advice on related tech topics. Best of all, the page can be used by clients and non-clients alike. Feel free to browse the Ask a CTO page by topic, or submit your own question. You can also schedule a consultation with Akiva, himself.
As a child, Akiva Goldstein grew up surrounded by the entrepreneurial spirit. For one thing, his family’s tradition of business ownership spanned 5 generations, and he was born with the same drive. Every spring and summer, Akiva helped out his grandfather at Long Beach Glass by repairing window screens. Initially, he did it to pay for baseball cards and video games. However, he also gained experience and learned what running a successful and honest company was all about.
Eventually, Harry Goldstein (aka “Poppy”) retired and closed the family business. At that time, 14-year-old Akiva asked him if perhaps he should try to fix screens on his own. With a half-burnt, half-chewed cigar hanging out of his mouth, Poppy offered some words of encouragement. “If you’re gonna start out on your own, I’m gonna front you the supplies.” And so, off they went to the local hardware store. With an investment of a few hundred bucks, Akiva’s new career path was off to a solid start. After four summers learning how to run a business, young Akiva had found his unique strengths and affirmed his destiny. He knew he had been bit by the self-employment bug.
Akiva & his grandfather, Harry Goldstein
While in college, he started a small T-shirt design company. At the same time, he fell in love with business software such as Microsoft Excel and Access. As he experimented with different business ideas, he continued to embrace emerging technology. Overall, he appreciated how it gave him the power to manage day-to-day operations more efficiently.
In 1997, Akiva Goldstein officially began his IT career by working for small consulting firms. He simultaneously earned his Microsoft and Cisco certifications. In addition to learning about networking and tech support, he began to recognize common issues and complaints from employers and their clientele. Too often, companies lost clients and struggled financially due to poor communication methods and slow response times.
While working for one of the struggling consulting companies, Akiva started marketing his IT services on the side. In 2001, a Canadian Wealth Management firm invited him to meet at their satellite office in Manhattan. The pitch was simple. For the first time ever, Akiva guaranteed a 60-minute response time, which he knew no established competitor could match. Additionally, he offered a free 2-week trial period. As a result, Akiva closed his first corporate deal. Furthermore, he called his new business OnsiteIn60 to describe his commitment to providing in-person support with unprecedented response times.
Training the next generation!
Eighteen years later, OnsiteIn60 continues to support companies throughout the East Coast with all of their IT Management needs. By listening to clients and being willing to evolve, Akiva Goldstein has greatly expanded OnsiteIn60’s service offerings beyond core network maintenance & desktop support. Over the years, OnsiteIn60 has added services such as office technology relocation, new server room design & setup, complete network cabling installations, cloud services, WordPress and SEO management, application development, and scalable database solutions.
Recognizing the importance of giving back to the community, Akiva Goldstein passionately supports a number of nonprofit organizations. By leveraging a lifetime of vendor relationship-building skills and business integrity, Akiva is able to procure discounted hardware & software and offer IT services for free or drastically reduced rates on flexible terms.