Tango, the leading all-in-one social networking app, enables you to connect with friends and stay closer to family in a way that is easy, spontaneous, fun and fits the moment. Tango allows you to send free text messages, play games, and make free phone calls and video calls with those you care about. Tango works on iPhones, iPod touch, hundreds of Android phones and Windows Phone devices, as well as tablets and PCs, and provides high quality experience over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. More than 100 million people in 212 countries already love using the service.
Founded in September 2009, Tango has raised over $87M from leading venture capital firms and top individual investors. 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.
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 Engineering
Gary is the Vice President of Engineering at Tango where he leads a team of top engineers to deliver a seamless video calling service experience for millions of people around the world. Gary is responsible for executing the technology roadmap to ensure that Tango members continue to receive the highest level of quality.
Gary brings more than 20 years of experience to Tango, most recently acting as Vice President of Product Development and Operations at YouSendIt, the leader in secure digital file delivery on the Web. 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, Finance and Business Operations
Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos is the Vice President of Finance and Business Operations at Tango where he leads finance and accounting, analytics, recruiting, human resources and internal operations.
Jean-Philippe’s career in finance and corporate strategy spans 15 years, mostly as an investor or advisor to early and late stage technology Companies. Prior to Tango, Jean-Philippe was a Vice President at DE Shaw, one of the World’s largest hedge funds, where he helped start the Venture Capital Group. Jean-Philippe also worked as an investor at DCM- Doll Capital Management, an early-stage technology venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. As a venture capitalist for seven years, Jean-Philippe has led or participated in over 50 early-stage technology investments and assisted executive teams in all aspects of management as a board member or advisor. Prior to that, he was a consultant in the Palo Alto, San Francisco, London and Paris offices of Bain & Company, where he advised large technology companies and private equity groups on investments, strategy and operational issues.
Jean-Philippe began his business 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 favorite Tango moments… “I anxiously await the Tango call from my 3 year old from the car after she gets picked-up from school every day. She tells me all about her day, who she played with and what she did or learned, she sings the new songs and we make new plans for the evening, it is absolute heaven and the best time of my day!”
VP, Content and Business Development
Oded is serving as Vice President of Content and Business Development at Tango. In this role, he leads the Company’s content initiatives and is responsible for developing and growing global partnerships with industry leaders in the mobile and entertainment space.
Oded is a serial entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience founding, running and growing technology companies. Oded founded and served as CEO of Best-TV, a global streaming video provider. Prior to Best-TV, Oded founded and served as CEO of GetFit.com, a premier online fitness training service that utilized artificial intelligence to emulate the function of a personal trainer. Recently Oded ran a social gaming company specializing in developing 3D games on Facebook. Oded brings to Tango his diverse experience in technology, product, sales and business development along with deep familiarity of the social gaming and consumer internet markets.
Oded holds a BA in Economics and a minor in Mandarin Chinese (Graduated Magna Cum Laude) from Stanford University.
Oded’s favorite Tango moment…”While video chatting with my 3 year old niece, I played a Tango animated kiss on top of her screen and watched her kissing the screen back repeatedly in excitement”.