About Tango

Tango is a free mobile messaging app with more than 350 million registered members who enjoy free video and voice calls, texting, social discovery, browsing and sharing content with one another. As a Top 100 free app on Android and iTunes, Tango is available in 15 languages in more than 224 countries and continues to grow rapidly.

The Tango Story

Tango Story

Tango was founded September 2009 when the company founders, Uri Raz and Eric Setton, both wanted to find a way an easier way to stay connected with their family and friends overseas. Uri wanted to keep his family together, as they lived in different parts of the world, including a daughter who was away at college. Eric, being a new father, wanted to find a way for his family in France to stay connected to his newborn daughter. Their belief was that they shouldn't have to give up the spontaneity of a face-to-face conversation even though someone was thousands of miles away.

The founders knew that chat, video and voice calling was the right direction, but they recognized it was essential to design their service to be mobile first, and it would need to work across multiple mobile platforms around the world. It wasn't going to be an easy problem to solve. Fortunately, they were both up to the challenge!

Uri and Eric developed the technologies that would allow Tango to scale to hundreds of millions of users with low infrastructure costs, while providing the highest-quality video that would work cross-platform over 3G, 4G and WiFi networks. In September 2010, the Tango app was launched and in its first 10 days, more than one million people downloaded the app. Uri and Eric were thrilled bringing to market a mobile application that would make it possible for them to stay connected to their families far away. Today, millions of people use Tango everyday to stay close to those they care about.

Management Team

  • Eric Setton

    Eric Setton

    Founder, CEO
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  • Eric Setton

    Eric Setton

    Founder, CEO

    As CEO of Tango, Eric is driving the company’s vision of helping people around the world feel closely connected to those they care about. Before becoming CEO, Eric held a number of roles at the company driving its revenue, its analytics, and its product, as Tango’s CTO. At the company inception, as its first key technologist, he leveraged his expertise in multimedia communication, peer-to-peer networks, and video compression to lead Tango’s release of the first cross-platorm mobile video calling service in the world.

    Prior to founding Tango, Eric co-founded and served as CTO and VP of product of Dyyno, a video streaming and distribution company, and also worked as a research scientist at HP Labs. Eric is one of the world's leading experts in peer-to-peer video streaming and video compression and even wrote the first book on the subject, Peer-to-Peer Video Streaming, in 2007. Eric has contributed to more than 30 research papers in his field and holds six patents either granted or pending.

    Eric holds a B.S. degree from Ecole Polytechnique, France, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

    Eric's favorite Tango moment… “When my wife went back to work after our baby girl was born, I showed her our six week old doing her first trick one morning. She was at the office, I was at home, we were using Tango on our phones. She teared up and that's when I knew we were close to making our vision come true."

    You can follow Eric on Twitter @EricSetton.

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  • Gary Chevsky

    Gary Chevsky

    Chief Development Officer
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  • Gary Chevsky

    Gary Chevsky

    Chief Development Officer

    Gary is the Chief Development Officer at Tango where he leads a team of top engineers, product managers and designers to deliver a seamless experience for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

    Gary brings more than 20 years of experience to Tango, previously acting as Vice President of Product Development and Operations at YouSendIt (now Hightail), the leader in secure digital file delivery on the Web and Mobile. In that role, he was critical to the success of the organization, tripling the size of the engineering team and re-launching an entire new platform and new services for more than 30 million consumers and enterprise customers. Prior to working at YouSendIt, Gary served as Vice President of Engineering for Norton at Symantec Corporation. He was also a founding member and chief architect of Ask Jeeves, Inc., now known as Ask.com.

    Gary holds 4 patents in the area of natural language processing and search/information retrieval. Born in Russia, Chevsky received his higher education in the Bay Area, attending the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in computer science.

    Gary's favorite Tango moment… “My favorite Tango moment was when my wife's sister was visiting us and accidentally hit my 2-month old son's head on the corner of a wood table. Gave him a bloody scratch and he was crying. My wife freaked out, and thought we had to run to emergency. Instead I Tangoed my neighbor Enoch who is an urgent care doctor. He was somewhere camping in the woods, but I was able to reach him via Tango, and showed him the baby and the scratch and had my wife ask him questions and we were able to determine that the baby was alright, and everyone soon calmed down. Tango saved us from near heart-attack!"

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  • Cynthia Dinh

    Cynthia Dinh

    VP of Global Business Development
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  • Cynthia Dinh

    Cynthia Dinh

    VP of Global Business Development

    Cynthia Dinh leads Tango's business development team, where she helps build and manage Tango's sales and revenue generation team. She joins us from Skype where she spent eight years leading its business development campaigns.

    Cynthia’s favorite Tango moment… "I was on a business trip and was unable to attend my son’s class speech in person. However, I was able to see him perform through Tango and cheer him on from a continent away!"

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  • Martin Granstrom

    Martin Granstrom

    VP of Design
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  • Martin Granstrom

    Martin Granstrom

    VP of Design

    Before joining Tango, Martin has spent 15+ years in design and product management leadership roles for various types of consumer experiences.

    Martin started out working as a UX designer and strategist for various agencies. At SonyEricsson, Martin initially managed a design team of 25-30 designers and researchers for SonyMobile feature phone applications. Next up at SonyMobile, Martin created and led the Sony Mobile UX Strategy team called UX Planning. Martin spent his last 2 years at SonyMobile leading SonyMobile’s design studio in Silicon Valley as deputy Head of HID globally and responsible for tightly working with US operator UX customization management as well as driving new innovation projects with Silicon Valley based tech companies.

    At Nook Media LLC, Martin as Head of Design held overall responsibility for the User Experience (UX, Visual design, Interaction design, UX research HW and SW) on Nook client reading apps (IOS, Win, Android) and launched Nook apps and devices.

    Martin’s design philosophy is to always deliver business benefits through the usage and smile from the consumer. Simply putto "take it from business to buttons".

    Martin holds 2 patents:

    -Mobile wireless communication terminals, systems, methods, and computer program products for managing playback of song files

    -Force touch on mobile devices - Receiving user input on a graphical user interface

    Martin’s best Tango moment….“When I was planning to call my lifelong best friend on his birthday last year, I found out that AT&T had disabled international calls from my plan. I used Tango Out to call my friend, wishing him happy birthday and kept our 35year old tradition alive.”

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  • Norm Wong

    Norm Wong

    VP of Finance
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  • Norm Wong

    Norm Wong

    VP of Finance

    Norm Wong is Vice President of Finance at Tango, where he leads all financial planning, accounting, tax and treasury activities.

    Prior to Tango, Norm held financial management roles at various software and technology companies such as Adobe Systems, America Online, Netscape Communications and FileMaker, Inc.

    Norm holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of California at Berkeley.

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  • Jamie Odell

    Jamie Odell

    VP of Product Management
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  • Jamie Odell

    Jamie Odell

    VP of Product Management

    Jamie brings more than 20 years of product management experience with consumer, communications and mobile applications. At Netflix, Jamie worked on the initial releases of the Netflix service on mobile devices including iPhone and iPad. Prior to that, Jamie ran product management at Sling Media and was responsible for product management for AIM at AOL.

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  • Michel Mailhot

    Michel Mailhot

    Studio Director - Austin
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  • Michel Mailhot

    Michel Mailhot

    Studio Director - Austin

    Michel Mailhot is the studio director of our Austin office where he jump-started the game initiative and assembled a very talented team fully dedicated to game development. Under his direction, the Austin team created the hit game Road Riot, and is currently developing new and exciting titles.

    Prior to working with Tango, Michel was the founder of a small mobile startup where he developed casual games and CaFE, a powerful and lightweight 2D game engine. CaFE is the solution Tango chose to embed inside of its own App to power “Tango surprises” and “Tango in-call games”.

    Michel also has more than 10 years of experience working on AAA franchises like Call of Duty, Spiderman, James Bond, and NHL2K.

    Michel's favorite Tango moment... "Because of a serious health issue, my uncle and aunt decided to get married in a hurry. Since the wedding was in Canada I couldn’t attend but my mom Tango me during the ceremony and I was able to share this moment with my entire family. Thankfully, a few months later my uncle also recovered from his illness.”

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