Nash Foster

Co-founder & CEO, Pyrofex Corporation
Nash Foster

Nash founded Pyrofex Corporation in early 2016 with Dr. Mike Stay, because they believe that programming for large-scale, distributed, decentralized systems should be easier. Pyrofex builds tools to help developers meet the challenges of the future, today. During 2017 and 2018, Pyrofex partnered with the RChain Cooperative to develop their programming language, Rholang, and smart contracting blockchain, RChain.

Nash started his professional life as a web developer and systems administrator at the venerable SunSITE.UNC.edu, where he beta-tested the Java 1.0 SDK and helped develop CGI applications for SunSITE’s on-line collections. Nash has previously been a member of Google’s Site Reliability team, Principal Software Engineer at Oracle, Principal SRE at Avalara, a software engineer at Cybertrust, and an independent consultant.

Nash is a jack-of-all-trades having worked on projects at all levels of the modern software stack. He has spent a significant amount of time over the last ten years developing large-scale, distributed, reliable systems. He has helped Fortune 100 companies design, implement, and manage networks and network applications securely. He has worked directly with top IT executives in the Fortune 5 and similar international organizations. In his various pursuits, he has developed exceptional written and oral communications skills and an eye for business priorities that has helped him communicate successfully with other engineers and managers alike.

As a programming polyglot, Nash collects new programming languages whenever they come along. Most comfortable in C/C++, Python, Perl, and the Unix shells, he has also been caught writing code in Java, Lisp, Ruby, Gofer, VB, C#, Tcl/Tk, and once in JCL.

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