Dan Tao

The Philosopher Developer

I was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. After high school, 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.

After grad school I lived with my wife in San Francisco for almost 5 years. Our daughter was born there. In 2015, we moved to Austin, Texas, where we still live now with our three children.

My experience runs the gamut from algorithmic trading in Philadelphia to software consulting at ThoughtWorks, to a startup called Cardpool, to Google on the Ads Review team. Currently I'm the head of engineering for Bibucket Cloud at Atlassian.

If you look back on the history of this blog, you can see that my output has diminished over time. I like to think that I'll be able to turn that around and get back to writing more frequently. Writing is definitely something I enjoy.

Like everyone else, I'm still figuring things out.