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Tally hires first VP of Engineering Jan Chong

Former Twitter exec to focus on scaling the engineering team as the company races toward full financial automation.


February 3, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Tally has announced the appointment of Jan Chong as the company's first-ever Vice President of Engineering. In her new role, she will help scale Tally’s fast-growing engineering team as it continues to build a service capable of delivering complete financial automation to consumers.

“There are lots of startups out there working on interesting technology, but what stands out to me about Tally is the opportunity to eliminate a huge source of stress and hardship for so many people,” said Jan. “I’m thrilled to join the amazing team to help make a positive and meaningful impact on people’s lives.”

Jan joins Tally from Twitter, where she was a long-time top executive managing a significant portion of its consumer engineering team comprised of more than 300 people. She has an outstanding track record of delivering high-quality consumer experiences at scale and was critical in launching and growing Twitter’s core mobile and web products.

“Beyond being an obvious technical talent and accomplished engineering leader, Jan has a deep connection to the things that matter most to us at Tally.” — Jason Brown, Tally CEO

In addition, Jan played a key role in fostering a more diverse and collaborative workplace at Twitter that has had a lasting impact on the organization’s hiring practices. She led the charge in overhauling the entire engineering recruiting process, implemented mentorship programs and equipped managers with essential leadership skills through her peer-coaching forums.

“Beyond being an obvious technical talent and accomplished engineering leader, Jan has a deep connection to the things that matter most to us at Tally,” said CEO Jason Brown. “She is passionate about cultivating a diverse, inclusive team that is set up to thrive and cares deeply about our mission to make people less stressed and better off financially. There is no doubt she will be a huge asset to our team.”

Prior to joining Twitter in 2012, Jan ran client and server development at OnLive, a cloud gaming platform. In 2013, Jan was named one of the Top 5 Rising Technical Superstars by Hackbright Academy. She received her master’s degree in computer science and a doctorate in management science and engineering from Stanford University.

The appointment follows a big year of milestones at Tally, including the company’s recent Series C funding and the expansion outside its San Francisco headquarters with the opening of a second office in Vancouver.

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