60 Seconds With… Rami Essaid

In the second of our 60 Seconds With… series, Web Summit veteran and founder/CEO of Distil Networks Rami Essaid answers our rapid round of questions


Web Summit 2014 is truly a sum of all parts event that is made unique by all the different cogs that help it keep on spinning and spinning. Speakers, startups, investors, general attendees… they’re all crucial and if one is missing, the event wouldn’t be the same. Whether you’re Elon Musk or a fresh face to the industry just looking to learn how you can contribute, everyone is welcome at Web Summit and all are valued members of the experience.

Rami Essaid is one of the pieces of the puzzle that make the event tick and is the second person to undergo the quick-fire round of questions in our 60 Seconds With… series. He’s an entrepreneur with pedigree and the founder/CEO of Distil Networks, an internet-based company that specialising in web scraping and data scraping. Over the next 18 questions, you’ll get to know Essaid a little bit better, learning about his distaste for snuggies and some of the best advice he never took.


Who would be the last person you would invite to a party?

Justin Bieber.

Who would be the first?

Elon Musk.

Favourite Day Ever at work?

Family Fridays. We have a family style catered lunch every Friday that brings everyone together at the table. It really helps make everyone closer.

Ideal Christmas Present?

Anything related to home automation.

Three celebrities coming for dinner, you’re cooking – who are they?

Ryan Reynolds, Uma Thurman, and Chris Farley.

Uma Thurman

Favourite saying?

‘The harder I work the luckier I get.’

Name your favourite film?


How do you relax?

The beach. Digging my feet into the sand is the only way I can get my brain to stop churning.

What was your first job?

Stock boy at CompUSA in high school.

Biggest thrill?

It’s a toss up between flying a plane and scuba diving. Both experiences are amazing. Of course building a company is pretty thrilling too.

Biggest disappointment?

My mantra is to live life with no regrets. This means that I’ve tried my best, and made the choices that I think are best at that time and so I try not to look back with disappointment on choices I’ve made. Instead, I just try to learn and of course keep moving forward.

If not a human being, which animal would you be and why?

I’ve always been fascinated with raptors like Eagles and Hawks. They are majestic and completely unbound, free to explore the world.

Rami Essaid Eagle

What’s the best advice you didn’t take?

Move to Silicon Valley. It’s much harder scaling a company outside of Valley.

Your concept of heaven?

Living life. I can’t imagine a more wonderful existence than being alive doing what I love.

Your concept of hell?

An existence without innovation.

If you were told the world was ending tomorrow what would you do?

I’m not sure I have a PG-13 answer to this question.

Most useless invention?

The snuggie. It’s a bath robe you wear backwards, why did that need to be reinvented?

Where would you want to be right now?

Old San Juan

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