Meet Updater: Ankit Shah, Director of API

Meet Ankit Shah, Updater’s Director of API! Read on to learn why he loves Updater, what he’d do in a zombie apocalypse, and his best moving advice. 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Vadodara, India and moved to the U.S. when I was in high school.

How many times have you moved? 


What is your best piece of moving advice? 

Start packing in advance and keep your first day must-haves in a separate easy-to-access box. Plus, hire some help and get a moving truck. 

How did you come to work at Updater? 

I worked with the current CTO/COO of Updater, Ryan Hubbard, at his previous startup YellowHammer. Having worked with him, I really missed our working relationship and after hearing about Updater, I couldn’t wait to join.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Updater? 

It is the perfect mix of both a challenging and a fun environment. Everyone here at Updater is passionate about what they do and really excited to build a great company.

What’s the best part of working with a small team?

Moving quickly but at the same time building an amazing solution.

What’s your favorite Updater feature? 

I love our consumer-facing tool that allows you to find and reserve a moving company. It’s incredibly difficult to find a quality moving company at a reasonable price. This helps change that, and anyone can use it!

It’s the zombie apocalypse. Where do you hide? 

Zombies are a physical impossibility because it’s not possible for muscles to move if there’s no blood circulation. Now that my rant is over, I would probably hide in Elon Musk’s underwater lair off the coast of California.  

What’s your favorite fast food restaurant?

Taco Bell.

If you were a food, what kind would you be? Why?

This is tough. The answer really depends on what I am trying to do when I am a food. Is my job to avoid being eaten or to be eaten the most? If it’s being eaten, then probably pizza. Otherwise, a ghost pepper. That way even if I get eaten, I can fight all the way down.  

Whom do you admire most as a business leader?

Bill Gates. 

What’s your favorite quote? 

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.”  — Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights 

You have a time machine, but you can only make one trip. Where do you go? 

That depends on whether it is a one-way ticket or a round-trip. If it is one way, I am perfectly content with our current time. If it is two way, I would go back to the day when the Indian Independence Act of 1947 was signed.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life. What is it? 


If you could travel to work every day on a vehicle without wheels (think: hovercraft, broom), what would you choose?

Star Trek transporter. 

What’s your favorite Saturday Night Live skit?

Schweddy Balls with Alec Baldwin.