The 2022 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 2022 MVP Award Winner Acceptance Speech Compilation:

Become a Featured Blogger Here!



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 29,000 people on our site and newsletter. We use our machine intelligence and social media, bolstered by our editorial team, to curate this content.

But 2022 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 29,000 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

To nominate an article, please fill out the Typeform above. Articles must have been published between October 18th, 2021 and October 12th, 2022 to be eligible.

Nominations are open until October 12th. 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 14th. Once finalists are announced, we will open up voting to our readers. Voting ends on November 28th. Winners will be announced on December 14th.

Program Committee

Meet our expert panel of judges!

Alex Rasmussen

Founder & CEO, Bits on Disk

Alex holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from UC San Diego, and has spent over a decade building high-performance, robust data management and processing systems. As an early member of a couple fast-growing startups, he’s had the opportunity to wear a lot of different hats, serving at various times as an individual contributor, tech lead, manager, and executive. He was also previously a Cloud Economist with the Duckbill Group, helping AWS customers save money on their AWS bills. He's currently a freelance data engineering consultant, helping his clients build, manage, and maintain their data infrastructure. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Cho-Nan Tsai

CTO & CISO, Fintech

Cho-Nan Tsai is a seasoned technology entrepreneur in Fintech. He is an expert in online lending, payment, credit card issuance and blockchain. Earlier in his career, he managed tech projects at Fortune 500 companies across verticals such as Social Media, Mobile Advertising, and Digital Entertainment. More recently, he has bootstrapped and raised millions of dollars for a number of startups, growing these businesses quickly using technology and multiplying their revenues exponentially year over year. Currently, he is the Chief Technology Officer at a fintech company looking to disrupt the hard money lender space in real estate. Prior to this, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Camino Financial where he was responsible for data, technology infrastructure and information security at this online lending company. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Columbia University and a M.S. degree in Computer Science from UCLA.

Alex Dionysian

CTO, MatchCraft

Alex is Chief Technology Officer at MatchCraft, an ad tech company. At heart, he is a businessman with software engineering skills. He builds organizations that turn product concepts into complete, fully supported products. Alex joined MatchCraft in 2008 and built the technology organization from ground up including the product management and software engineering departments and a machine learning practice. His team, which lives in seven countries, operates a scalable SaaS technology platform for automating buying of ads on Google, Bing, Facebook and Yelp. Prior to joining MatchCraft, he led the product development teams at LRN (compliance and eLearning), The Retail Equation (merchandise return fraud and abuse detection) and HNC Software (machine learning in insurance). Alex builds teams with high employee retention, with talented engineers and product managers who are focused on solving client’s challenges. Alex personally engages with clients & prospects to translate their needs into product solutions. He has a BS and MS in computer engineering from UCLA. Specialties: SaaS, scalable systems, machine learning, Search Engine Marketing, automated pay per click bidding, eLearning, agile development processes, offshore development, product management, team building

Ryan Eastabrook


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.