Mostafa Ashour began his professional career as a software developer at IBM. In 2005, he decided to delve into the adventure of creating his own technology startup. Driven by passion for both software development and gaming, he co-founded Khayal Interactive Entertainment, one of the pioneer game development studios in the region. During his work at Khayal, he developed the nV Physics SDK, and launched the first 3D game in the region (Abo Hadeed). In August 2008, he joined Microsoft as a Program Manager. He is interested in learning more about the the R&D process at Microsoft and how sophisticated cutting edge technology/software is built there. Aside from his profession, he likes reading, football, and was regularly among Egypt's Taekwondo champions for more than 10 years.