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Ahmad Nassri

CTO of #paid, Co-Founder of Cor, Developer Accelerator, Startup Advisor, Entrepreneur, Founder of Tech Masters Community.

Previously: npm, TELUS, Kong, CBC/Radio-Canada, BlackBerry


Ahmad is an Advisor and an Investor for a number of technology startups in disruptive markets, lending his experience in scaling teams and technology to Founders, CTOs, and software development teams. He also serves as a board member for a number of not-for-profit organizations that focus on providing services to software developers, as well as creating inclusive opportunities for underrepresented and underserved communities.

Leading up to the successful acquisition by GitHub in 2020, Ahmad served as the CTO for npm, taking over the critical mission of ensuring the Open Source JavaScript registry remains stable, reliable and sustainable for the millions of developers who rely on it everyday to do their jobs.

Prior to joining npm Ahmad led large development teams across various industries in delivering globally scaled projects. As Chief Architect for TELUS digital he led hundreds of developers in building digital software platforms and telecom products, and was responsible for the architecture of TELUS digital’s systems - systems that scale to support millions of customers. As VP of Engineering at Kong, he led an internationally distributed team focused on powering API driven and industry leading software through open-source technology for the enterprise.

Ahmad founded Tech Masters — a developer community of over 16,000+ members engaging in discussions on technology, careers, and learning. Tech Masters operates 3 major conferences in Toronto, Canada.

In his spare time Ahmad blogs on Technology & Leadership, mentors early stage startups, builds open-source projects used by developers world wide, and organizes technology conferences across Canada.

Modular software architecture

December 20, 2019 — JS Party

Open Source, the grey areas, and keeping sharp with community

April 25, 2019 — The Frontier

The Journey to Open Source: A Leading Thinkers' Discussion With NearForm

March 04, 2019 — DZone

NodeConf EU 2018 Q&A

February 11, 2019 — YouTube

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Enterprise Open Source

December 12, 2018 — NearForm

Open source community sees risk and reward in IBM purchase of Red Hat

November 01, 2018 — IT World Canada

20 years into the movement, more than half of developers involved in open source

October 31, 2018 — IT World Canada

Execs from Loblaws, Scotiabank, Indigo and more describe the talent they need to reach their digital transformation goals

June 20, 2018 — Course Compare

Business Organization with Ahmad

October 06, 2017 — Vancouver Tech Podcast

What I've learned about developer communities

July 05, 2017 — Open Channel

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REFACTOR Conference
2020-01 → Present — Founder & Organizer
Tech Masters Community
2014-06 → Present — Founder
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Venture Kids
2020-04 → 2021-12 — Member, Board of Directors
The Open API Initiative
2015-12 → 2016-09 — Member, Board of Directors
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2023-02 → Present — Member, Board of Advisors
Real Path
2021-01 → Present — Advisor
2020-07 → 2022-12 — Technology Advisor
2021-03 → 2021-07 — Advisor
OpenJS Foundation
2018-08 → 2020-03 — Enterprise User Focus Lead (Community Committee)
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2022-01 → Present — Investor
2020-04 → Present — Investor
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Work Experience
2020-04 → 2023-01 — Fractional CTO
npm, Inc.
2019-05 → 2020-04 — Chief Technology Officer
TELUS Telecommunications Inc.
2017-02 → 2019-05 — Chief Architect
Kong Inc.
2014-06 → 2016-09 — VP, Engineering
2013-01 → 2014-06 — Development Manager, Digital Operations
Viigo / BlackBerry
2008-11 → 2010-06 — Director, Web Services
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