The 2021 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 2021 MVP Award Winner Acceptance Speech Compilation:

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Click on the categories below to vote for your favorite articles to win a CTO Universe MVP Award! You can vote for up to 3 articles per category and a CTO Universe account is needed to participate.


Awards will be given for articles covering the following categories:

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 as 2021 comes to an end, 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 13th, 2020 and October 11th, 2021 to be eligible.

Nominations are open until October 11th, 5pm Pacific Time. 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 15th. Once finalists are announced, we will open up voting to our readers. When voting is open, you will be able to click on the categories listed towards the top of the page and select up to three winners per category. An account with CTO Universe is needed to vote. Voting ends on November 29th. Winners will be announced on December 13th.

Program Committee

Meet our expert panel of judges!

Rob De Feo

Startup Advocate, 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,

Ryan is a technologist with 20+ years of experience leading successful teams, developing quality software, and managing cloud and/or traditional network infrastructure. Ryan started his career in 1999 as a network engineer, and shortly after found an interest in software development where he has been involved in many successful projects, varying in size and complexity. In 2007 Ryan started Mantra Technology, a technology consulting company, where he helped companies like Intel improve their E-Commerce offerings. Ryan began working as a consultant (contracted CTO) with in 2014 and in 2018 joined the company full time as Chief Technology Officer. As CTO of, Ryan is responsible for driving change when looking at ways to improve the use of technology in support of operations, customers, and trainers. Ryan has also been closely involved in his local development community where he has organized, volunteered, and/or spoken at events.

John Mecke

Managing Director, DevelopmentCorporate

John is a 25 year veteran of the enterprise technology market. He has led six global product management organizations for three public companies and three private equity-backed firms. He played a key role in delivering a $115 million dividend for his private equity backers - a 2.8x return in less than three years. He has led five acquisitions for a total consideration of over $175 million. He has led eight divestitures for a total consideration of $24.5 million in cash. John has held executive positions in product management, marketing, sales, development, customer service, and corporate development. John regularly blogs about product management and mergers/acquisitions.

Guy Martin

Executive Director, OASIS Open

Guy Martin, the OASIS Executive Director, is responsible for the organization’s overall operation, in addition to helping define its cohesive strategies and policies to deliver the best value to its members. He works closely with OASIS staff and the Board of Directors to help the organization realize the tremendous advantage in integrating the best of open standards and open source communities.

Guy brings a unique blend of 25+ years’ experience as both software engineer and open source strategist to OASIS. He has built open source programs for companies like Red Hat, Samsung and Autodesk and was instrumental in founding the Academy Software Foundation while Director of the Open Source Office at Autodesk. He was also a founding member of the team that built the Open Connectivity Foundation while at Samsung, helping to successfully integrate FRAND standards with open source reference implementations.

He is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in technology and an accomplished public speaker. An avid, lifelong sports enthusiast, Guy is based near Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, U.S.A.