The 2020 CTO Universe MVP Awards!

CTO Universe brings together the best content from hundreds of industry thought-leaders. These awards will recognize the Most Valuable Posts as judged by our readers, award committee, and our machine intelligence and social media. We will recognize the posts that provide the highest value to industry professionals - useful and actionable information, that is tactical or strategic in nature, providing either long-term or short-term value.

Check out the 2020 MVP Award Winner Acceptance Speech Compilation:


Awards will be given for articles covering the following categories. Click on the categories below to view the winners!

Audience Size

Every day, our articles are read by an audience of over 26,000 people on our site and newsletter. We use our machine intelligence and social media, bolstered by our editorial team, to curate this content.

But 2020 is coming to an end and we want to know: of all of our articles, which are the best of the best? Our machine intelligence, social media, and editors can get us close. But we want that extra special touch that comes from beloved reader feedback.

You can represent these 26,000 readers. Cast your vote and let us know what you like to see!

Judging Criteria

We're judging posts that we see to provide the highest value to industry professionals. Does your article include useful and actionable information? Is it tactical or strategic? Does it provide short- or long-term value? Those are the types of questions our judges will be asking themselves.


Submitting content for consideration

Articles must have been published between October 18th, 2019 and October 13th, 2020 to be eligible.

Nominations are open until October 13th. After that, our panel of judges will review the nominations and narrow them down to a list of finalists for each category.


Finalists will be announced on November 11th. Once finalists are announced, we will open up voting to our readers. Voting ends on November 23rd. Winners will be announced on December 4th.

Program Committee

Meet our expert panel of judges!

Rob De Feo

Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Rob De Feo is a startup advocate at Amazon Web Services and host of Startup Engineering Podcast spending his time helping startups in Europe and beyond. He mentors startups CTO’s and founders as they begin their journey, to helping large scale startup leverage technology as they build and scale their businesses. He has helped many of Europe’s largest startups and startup institutions, including Techstars, Deliveroo, Monzo, Skyscanner, and Starling Bank to scale their platforms and meet global demand.

Ryan Eastabrook

Chief Technology Officer for

Ryan serves as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for and is tasked with leading the technical vision of the company by ultimately maximizing value for customers through the technology stack. Ryan is a professional technologist with a strong background in software development and network architecture. Ryan has been involved with the tech industry since 1999, working with companies like Intel, Dell, and OHSU in multiple capacities. Ryan has also been involved in several developer communities and events where he has volunteered and/or spoken.

Alex Rasmussen

CEO and Founder, Bits on Disk

Dr. Alex Rasmussen is a data systems consultant who spends his time helping his clients to build, manage, and maintain their data infrastructure. Previously, he was VP of Engineering at Freenome, a biotech startup leveraging AI and next-generation gene sequencing to detect early stage cancer, and an early engineer at Trifacta, a pioneer in the data wrangling space. He holds a PhD from the University of California San Diego, where his dissertation focused on efficient large-scale data processing systems. While at UCSD, he led the TritonSort project, which set several long standing world records in large-scale sorting.