|University of Texas at Austin, B.S.|
Todd Fast is co-founder of Conga, Inc.
Before Conga, Todd was Chief Architect of Platform as a Service offerings at Sun Microsystems, and CTO and founding principal of Zembly (http://zembly.com), Sun’s hosted application platform and browser-based social development environment. He was also lead author of the Twitter Data proposal (http://twitterdata.org).
Prior to zembly, Todd was Chief Architect of SOA, XML, and Java Enterprise Tools at Sun. While working in the Developer Tools group, he conceived and shipped the world’s first real-time developer collaboration platform in a mainstream IDE, including features like integrated presence, code-aware chat, pair programming at a distance, simultaneous co-editing, and remote builds.
More recently, Todd was the founder of the popular Java Native Access (JNA) library, a Java-only bridge to native code from the Java VM which now powers core functionality in popular frameworks like JRuby and Jython.
Prior to Sun, Todd held positions as Principal Consultant and Engineer with NetDynamics, Inc., the company that invented and popularized the application server. There, in addition to developing high-performance application server runtimes, he worked with a diverse range of companies ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 100 enterprises architecting and building both enterprise and e-commerce websites.
As a senior architect and technical leader, Todd has deep expertise in cloud and web application development; app server runtimes; developer tools, frameworks, and platforms; and is a veteran at leading product teams through the tricky process of shipping innovative products.
He is a co-author, a provocative and engaging public speaker, and JavaOne Rock Star. Todd holds two patents, and is named on more than ten patents pending. He earned a B.S.M.E. from the University of Texas at Austin.
In the 1980s at the age of 13, Todd whiled away his free time programming games in 6510 assembly. In the ’90s, he moved on to compose the score for a famous Hollywood director’s first student film, and discovered a bug that crashed Microsoft.com for several hours.