Dan Tao

The Philosopher Developer

I was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, lived in San Francisco for almost 5 years, and moved to Austin with my family in 2015.

Currently I’m leading the Bibucket engineering team in Austin for Atlassian. My previous experience runs the gamut from consulting at ThoughtWorks to a startup called Cardpool to Google on the Ads Review team.

I studied philosophy at Duke University, then a couple of years later went to Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley for a graduate degree in software engineering. In between I lived with my wife in Namibia for a year working for WorldTeach, an organization that places volunteer teachers in developing countries around the world.

Strangely I’ve found that the more experienced I become, the less I seem motivated to write in this blog. It’s a bit of a paradox: with more experience, I should have more of value to share, yet that same experience makes me more skeptical that anything I have to say is really worth sharing.

I suppose, like everybody else, I’m still figuring stuff out.