An internet infrastructure maven and activist, Omar Ahmad was the mayor of San Carlos, California.
Omar Ahmad was the co-founder and CEO of SynCH Energy Corporation, a renewable energy startup. Prior to founding SynCH Energy, Ahmad founded TrustedID and Logictier and served in key leadership positions for such companies as Grand Central Communications, Napster, Netscape, @Home Network and Discovery Channel Online.
Ahmad was the mayor of the City of San Carlos, after serving for many years on the City Council of this Silicon Valley town. His policy focus centered on budget reform and fiscal sustainability.
"Omar wanted everybody to contribute to a better polity."TED Blog
“We live in a digital world, but we’re fairly analog creatures.”
“One of the things that defines a TEDster is you’ve taken your passion, and you’ve turned it into stewardship. You put action to the issues you care about.”
“Write to your elected officials at least once a month. Here’s my promise to you: If you are consistent and do this, within three months the elected official will start calling you when [your] issue comes up and say, ‘What do you think?’”