Sage Franch
Sage Franch


I’m Sage, also known as @theTrendyTechie. I’m a developer by training and an entrepreneur by nature, and I’m on a mission to make the world more empathetic through technology.

My motto is, “do everything with love.” 🧡

I believe…

  1. Developers have the power to build technology that shapes and reshapes our world

  2. Everyone, regardless of their background and circumstance, should be given the opportunity to change the world for the better.

These two beliefs drive me in everything I do. I got my start in equity work through Trendy Techie, then continued it through my roles at Microsoft where I worked on projects under the AI and Cloud for Good umbrellas (see my work building a chatbot for athletes with disabilities here). Leaving Microsoft to launch Crescendo in 2018 was a difficult decision, but absolutely the right one, because it led me to where I am now: dedicating my life to using my skills and platform to empower others to participate in a fair future.

My mom used to tell me everyone is born with equal potential to live a full life and impact the world, and that our environments are what shape our ability to fill it. I believe that we as technologists and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to open the doors for others to reach that potential, and that doing so will ultimately make the world a better place. 🌎

What’s Next

I’m always learning new things and looking for new opportunities to use my skills for good. Right now I’m learning/thinking:

  • About ethics in Social VR

  • How to make better coffee-based drinks

  • How to do business in Japan

  • About different recommendation algorithms

  • About diversity and inclusion, specifically about neurodiversity, gender inclusion, and invisible disabilities

If you’re working on the above, or want to share something new with me, get in touch.