Azat Mardan has over 12 years of experience in web, mobile and software development. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics and a Master of Science in Information Systems Technology degree, Azat possesses deep academic knowledge as well as extensive practical experience.
Recently, he has worked as an engineer at the curated social media news aggregator website, [Storify.com](http://storify.com/) (acquired by [LiveFyre](http://livefyre.com/)). Before that, Azat worked as a CTO/co-founder at [Gizmo](http://www.crunchbase.com/company/gizmo) — an enterprise cloud platform for mobile marketing campaigns, and has undertaken the prestigious [500 Startups](http://500.co/) business accelerator program. Previously, he was developing mission-critical applications for government agencies in Washington, DC: [National Institutes of Health](http://nih.gov/), [National Center for Biotechnology Information](http://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/),[Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation](http://fdic.gov/), and [Lockheed Martin](http://lockheedmartin.com/). Azat is a frequent attendee at Bay Area tech meet-ups and hackathons ([AngelHack](http://angelhack.com/) hackathon ’12 finalist with team [FashionMetric.com](http://fashionmetric.com/)).
In addition, Azat teaches technical classes at [General Assembly](http://generalassemb.ly/) and [Hack Reactor](http://hackreactor.com/), [pariSOMA](http://parisoma.com/) and [Marakana](http://marakana.com/) (acquired by Twitter) to much acclaim.
In his spare time, Azat writes about technology on his blog: [webAppLog.com](http://webapplog.com/) which is [number one](http://expressjsguide.com/assets/img/expressjs-tutorial.png) in “express.js tutorial” Google search results. Azat is also the author of [Express.js Guide](http://expressjsguide.com/), [Rapid Prototyping with JS](http://rpjs.co/) and [Oh My JS!](http://leanpub.com/ohmyjs)