Samir was the Co-Founder and CTO of TapCommerce (acquired by Twitter for $100M in 2014):
He began his career in Chicago consulting for Fortune 500 clients while building robust content management applications, APIs, and backend distributed systems. Samir developed his first mobile app in 2005 before the existence of the App Store, and has since built multiple apps for iOS and Android that have generated millions of downloads.
In 2012, he co-founded TapCommerce in New York and created the industry's first mobile ad retargeting solution. As the Chief Technology Officer, he led the engineering team and built a backend platform that processes over 40 billion ad auctions per day with the ability to show ads to over 1 billion mobile users for the world's top mobile brands. The firm's VC investors included Bain Capital Ventures, RRE, Eniac, NextView, and Metamorphic. In 2014, Business Insider named Samir to its list of the "Top 10 People in New York City Tech". Twitter acquired TapCommerce in 2014 where he then built and managed Twitter Ads engineering teams in San Francisco focused on mobile app installs and re-engagements.
Today, Samir resides in Berlin, Germany and advises early stage startups on managing engineering teams, crafting product roadmaps, and designing scalable tech architectures. He is also an instructor at the ReDI School of Digital Integration where he teaches refugees how to code to help them attain software engineering jobs. Additionally, he serves as a consultant for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Digital Transformation Team to help build innovative digital solutions for the humanitarian sector.
Samir has a Computer Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.