Founder and CEO
Ali founded TapeReal in 2018 out of a passion for all things tech and wanting to create a platform and app that created meaningful connection. Ali had developed 2 apps prior to incorporating “TapeBook” in November of 2018, and used those to help refine what he wanted to offer with what would become TapeReal. He also wanted his platform to put the user first and encourage a plurality of opinion, where discussion, debate and the ability to monetize were front and centre.
Throughout his over 20 year career in the tech space, Ali has founded five companies, two tech start-ups that have iterated to TapeReal, a restaurant that he ran and subsequently sold, as well as a web research company that is still in operation called Web Star Research.
Over the decades Ali has developed a wealth of experience in product, analytics, and market research. He has been an instructor both at Seneca College in Web Optimization and at the University of British Columbia in their Web Intelligence Program. Ali has also created success for companies like A&W, Hootsuite, and Postmedia, to name a few.
Ali brings all the above to TapeReal. To date, he has self-funded TapeReal and is committed to seeing the company succeed. A new era of social media ushered in, one where the users are not a commodity that is traded for the company's profit.