Tango is a free mobile messaging service with 200 million registered members. Through communication, social features and a compelling content platform, Tango members discover engaging ways to connect, get social and have fun. Tango has enhanced its messaging service with an innovative content platform for game developers, advertisers, and others. Tango is available on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Blackberry, Kindle Fire and PC and works across platforms and networks. Founded in September 2009, Tango is based in Mountain View, California.
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Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Uri is founder and CEO at Tango where he leads product direction and strategy, and guides the company’s vision of transforming the way people communicate around the world through video calling.
Uri is a serial entrepreneur and Internet visionary, founding many successful technology companies. Prior to Tango, Uri founded and served as CEO of Dyyno, a video streaming and distribution company. Prior to that, Uri was founder and CEO of Appstream, which was acquired by Symantec in 2006. Uri also served as CEO for Golden Screens Interactive Technologies (GSIT), founded Shore Technologies that was acquired by Ness Technologies (Israeli EDS) in 2002, and founded Teletel, Israel’s first online search engine, that is the leading search portal in Israel today.
Uri holds a B.S. Summa Cum Laude from the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel, and holds several patents.
Uri’s favorite Tango moment…”My daughter is away at college, so we Tango everyday. I knew she was going to a bonfire at the beach and wanted to Tango with her and check in. It was still light out and I could see her friends and the ocean clear as day. They asked if I could show them the last few minutes of the basketball game on TV, so they all watched and cheered on their team from the beach. It was very funny and made me see all of the different ways people will be using Tango in the future.”
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Eric is founder and Chief Technology Officer at Tango where he oversees all areas of product development and leads the technical direction of the company. As the company’s key technologist, he leverages his expertise in multimedia communication, peer-to-peer networks, and video compression to connect people around the world through video calling.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos is the Chief Operating Officer at Tango.
Jean-Philippe’s career spans over 18 years. Prior to Tango, Jean-Philippe worked as a venture capitalist for nearly a decade and led or participated in over 50 early-stage technology investments. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant for Bain & Company, where he advised a broad range of technology companies and private equity groups on investments, strategy and operational issues. Jean-Philippe began his career at Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. in London, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. He previously served as a lieutenant in the 6th Paratrooper Regiment of Marines of the French Army and led special operations training and combat platoons in France and Africa.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business and finance from ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) in France and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jean-Philippe’s favorite Tango moments… “I use Tango every hour of every day. I get to stay in constant touch with everyone in my family and also exchange calls, pictures and news through text with my friends around the World. My two young kids have so gotten used to it that they now ask why they can’t see me if I place a regular pstn call. If they are not naughty (which they sometimes can be, especially when it comes to going to bed), I reward them by letting them send a text with a video, picture or a Tango Surprise to anyone of their choice (often their grandparents) and ask them for a game of Snow Fight or Reversi”
Vice President of Engineering
Gary is the Vice President of Engineering at Tango where he leads a team of top engineers 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!”
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Renato is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Tango where he leads the Company initiatives to grow strategic global partnerships with industry leaders.
Renato has over twenty years of success as a sales, business development, and marketing professional within the high tech and wireless industries. Most recently, Renato was EVP & GM of Business Development and Sales Operations at PlayPhone Inc. the second most popular mobile social gaming network behind Apple. Prior to PlayPhone, Renato was the VP of WW Sales Operations at Zoove Corp engaging Zoove with the largest wireless carriers and brands in the world while forming the company operations in Silicon Valley. As VP of International Sales Operations at Bytemobile, Iwersen directed the development of the EMEA, Asian, and Latin American markets signing major wireless carriers and partners such as Vodafone Group, Telefonica Group, Orange Group, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo, WillCome, Sprint, Ericsson, CTC, etc.
Renato had management roles at Nexsi Corporation and Macrovision where he developed and managed strategic channels and customers such as Mattel, Disney, Activision, Alcatel, NTT Docomo, etc. At Diamond, he spent 5 years in a variety of global sales director positions including director Asian/LatAm sales and director Southern Europe based in Paris. Renato holds a bachelor of arts in business finance from San Jose State University and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University where he served as an advisor for the MBA Alumni Board for many years.
Renato favorite Tango moments… “travelling on business my two year old twin sons video call me often on Tango to say hi. It is a great way to stay in touch and feel close to them.”
Vice President of Technology and Chief Architect
Greg is Vice President of Technology and Chief Architect at Tango where he leads the company’s general architecture of the product. Greg uses his expertise in peer-to-peer video distribution, software architecture, and communications networks to advance the company’s mission of delivering a seamless video calling experience to Tango users wherever they are.
Prior to joining Tango, Greg was Chief Architect at VUDU helping build the first peer-to-peer video-on-demand service from the ground up. At VUDU, he drove the technical integration with Consumer Electronic device manufacturers, and devised partnership solutions to bring VUDU’s video service to the living room. Greg is no stranger to large footprints: the software he developed while working at OpenTV is deployed on millions digital televisions worldwide.
Greg holds an MS degree in engineering from the reputable Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications in Paris.
Greg’s favorite Tango moment… “Seeing the first person use Tango to video call their family on the other side of the world. It was completely surreal to see how clear the video was and to see smiling faces on the other end of the phone. I can’t wait to see how people will use Tango in the future to stay connected to their family and friends.”
Vice President of Technical Operations
Brian is the Vice President of Technical Operations at Tango where he oversees building and scaling the infrastructure that powers Tango’s platform. Brian’s wide breadth of knowledge enables him to lead his organization through technical challenges with an in-depth understanding of complex systems, while maintaining a big picture overview of the product offering.
As an expert in core technology and infrastructure, Brian has been an innovator and pioneer in the IP telecommunications industry. With over fifteen years of experience he’s worked with a diverse group of technology companies on growth strategies and operational issues, and made a career of fusing IP services and telephony. Previously Brian worked at Playspan facilitating the PCI certification of the company prior to its acquisition by Visa. Before that Hansen worked at Onecast bringing network television news to a mobile clients around the world. While there he built out a scalable infrastructure that transcoded tens of thousands of minutes of video daily from broadcasters such as FOX News, Bloomberg, Al Jeezra, CBC, BBC, REUTERS, E!, Wall Street Journal and more into searchable video clips delivered directly to mobile devices. Brian holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC.
Brian’s favorite Tango moment… ”Away on business I had an opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China. While there I was able to Tango my wife and kids and show them the spectacular view. My sons got really excited and it felt like they were there with me, it was a very special moment to share with them when I was so far away.”
VP, Platform and Advertising
Richard Rabbat is Head of Platform at Tango, where he is in charge of the client SDK, which allows game developers to use Tango’s messaging platform to drive engagement and virality. He is in charge of building innovative social and messaging channels and has helped launch 10 partner games on both Android and iOS to-date. Prior to Tango, Richard was General Manager at Zynga, where he helped build the SDKs for all games and the 1st party platform (project Darwin). While at Zynga, Richard helped improve monetization of CityVille by 17%, a game that garnered 15 M DAU on the Facebook canvas. Prior to Zynga, Richard was a Product Manager at Google, and drove a company-wide initiative “Make the Web Faster”, across all search and ad properties. Richard holds a PhD and an S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.E. and M.E. from the American University of Beirut. He’s currently addicted to Road Riot.