About Elisha Tan

I believe that entrepreneurs have the ability (hence responsibility) to make the world a better place, and a way to do that is through technology.

By day, I’m based in Singapore as the Developer Programs Regional Lead for APAC at Facebook. I help developers build local tech communities to make the world a more open and connected place.

By night & weekends, I’m the boss of my passion project called TechLadies. This is a community-led initiative for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Since launching in Jan 2016, we’ve taught 177 ladies how to code in Singapore and Malaysia; saw 3 of these ladies getting internships; and 2 ladies hired as junior software engineers.

Before Facebook & TechLadies, I had a startup that failed then I was fired from my first job after that. I’d like to be know as the person who always come back despite failing multiple times. You should watch my talks at F*kup Nights where I shared about my startup failure and career failure.

In case you’re wondering about my expertise, I’ve been featured on Her World, The Straits Times, Today (for it’s 2013 Singapore National Day special) and The Business Times. I’ve also mentored at Startup Weekends (San Francisco & Penang) and talked at Slush Singapore, Pecha Kucha, Techsauce Summit and Red Dot Ruby Conference, amongst others. So I think I’m kinda legit.

I love cats, raps, coffee and freebies (who doesn’t like freebies?).



Invite Elisha to speak at your next event

Elisha enjoys sharing her experiences at events, conferences and meetups. It’s a much more scalable way of giving back to the community (instead of taking multiple meetings). :)

She has spoken, amongst others, at:

  • Slush
  • Pecha Kucha
  • Techsauce Summit
  • F–kup Nights
  • Google International Women’s Day
  • Geek Girl Meetup
  • Singapore Ruby Brigade
  • Rails Girls Singapore
  • Raffles Junior College
  • WebSprout Academy
  • Lean Startup Circle

You can find slides to all of her talks here: https://speakerdeck.com/elishatan

Elisha talks about: Tech Startups, Growth Hacking, Two-sided Marketplaces, Online Education, Content Marketing, Code Literacy, and Women in STEM.

If you wish to reach her, you may drop her an email at elisha.tan@gmail.com, follow her on Twitter at @elishatan or link up with her professionally on LinkedIn.

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4 thoughts on “About Elisha Tan

  1. Hey Elisha, came across you and your blog through Dropbox. (It must be a first!) Jason left us in the same Rails folder. Haha. Anyway, was reading through some of your entries. You have a really adorable way of blogging. There aren't many female entrepreneurs around, so I'm glad to be acquainted with you.

    Keep your spirits up and passion high! I will whack my good friend in Startup@SG for preventing you from going into the next round. Drop me a msg anytime.


  2. weelun says:

    Hi! chance by your blog from founder insititue, pretty interesting idea that i once had as well for a startup, but is now moving towards another idea ,but still in the beginning phase, your blog really makes me realise that the problems people encountered while trying to transit from working to doing your own things! there are some other website doing similar though not entirely same stuffs, u may want to take it as a reference,eg *company name removed* but frankly its a good idea if you can really make it happen, all the best!

    • Elisha Tan says:

      Hey Weelun!

      Thanks for your kind words! I had to remove the company in your comment because it\’s marketing for them (yea, I\’m jealous like that). :D

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