I am passionate about bringing people together to solve big problems.
I started my career as a fresh grad entrepreneur, wanting to help people make a living with their passion. My startup journey took me through many challenges - from learning how to code when I couldn't find a tech co-founder, testing new ideas to grow the product, to moving to Silicon Valley for mentorship.
I've put my heart and soul into Learnemy but it eventually failed. Then I found a job at a startup and was fired 6 months after. Through resilience, a supportive community, and perhaps a sprinkle of dumb luck, I'm now the Developer Programs Manager for APAC at Facebook and the Founder of TechLadies.
At Facebook, I helped launch the Developer Circles globally and scale it in Asia. Within a year, I've built communities to reach >60,000 developers, equipping them with education and employment opportunities.
Outside of Facebook, I work on TechLadies - a community-led initiative for women in Asia to connect, learn, and grow in the tech industry. We are now a community reaching thousands, having taught hundreds of women programming skills, and helping tens of ladies enter the industry as software engineers.
I've spoken internationally at conferences such as DevRelCon London, PyCon Thailand, International Women's Day by Jobs for New South Wales (Australia), Slush Singapore, DevRel Summit, SRECon Asia, Seedstars Summit Asia, MaGIC Academy Symposium, and RubyConf MY. I was also featured in CNBC, The Straits Times, Her World, e27, High Net Worth, and more.
I'm based in sunny Singapore and aspire to also be a standup comedian.
I enjoy sharing my experiences at events, conferences, and schools around the world. I've delivered keynote presentations, participated in panel discussions, and moderated panel discussions to an audience ranging from 20 to 350 people of diverse backgrounds.
I've created a framework for companies and volunteers to build sustainable developer communities from scratch, and I can demonstrate how you can use this to design initiatives for developers.
Technology is meant to be accessible by all, it does not discriminate. I share why gender diversity is good for business and what we can do to make our industry more inclusive.
Failure is still a taboo subject. I believe that talking about failure help normalizes the experience and encourages people to take calculated risks.
"Elisha Tan is an impressive entrepreneur with an inspiring story and passionate approach to social progress." - Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro