About Tango

Tango is a leading mobile messaging service with more than 200 million registered members around the world. Evolved from its beginnings in 2009 as a popular, free, cross platform video and voice calling app, Tango today combines communication, social networking, and content in a single platform. The best part, Tango is giving members more fun and engaging ways of connecting with those they care about through social networking, playing games, sharing music, lively animated surprises, and a whole lot more!

The Tango Story

Tango Story

Tango was founded September 2009 when the company founders, Uri Raz and Eric Setton, both wanted to find a way an easier way to stay connected with their family and friends overseas. Uri wanted to keep his family together, as they lived in different parts of the world, including a daughter who was away at college. Eric, being a new father, wanted to find a way for his family in France to stay connected to his newborn daughter. Their belief was that they shouldn’t have to give up the spontaneity of a face-to-face conversation even though someone was thousands of miles away.

The founders knew that chat, video and voice calling was the right direction, but they recognized it was essential to design their service to be mobile first, and it would need to work across multiple mobile platforms around the world. It wasn't going to be an easy problem to solve. Fortunately, they were both up to the challenge!

Uri and Eric developed the technologies that would allow Tango to scale to hundreds of millions of users with low infrastructure costs, while providing the highest-quality video that would work cross-platform over 3G, 4G and WiFi networks. In September 2010, the Tango app was launched and in its first 10 days, more than one million people downloaded the app. Uri and Eric were thrilled bringing to market a mobile application that would make it possible for them to stay connected to their families far away. Today, millions of people use Tango everyday to stay close to those they care about.

Management Team

  • Uri Raz

    Uri Raz

    Founder, CEO
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  • Uri Raz

    Uri Raz

    Founder, CEO

    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.”

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  • Eric Setton

    Eric Setton

    Founder, Chief Technology Officer
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  • Eric Setton

    Eric Setton

    Founder, 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.

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  • Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos

    Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos

    Chief Operating Officer
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  • Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos

    Jean-Philippe Emelie Marcos

    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”

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  • Gary Chevsky

    Gary Chevsky

    Vice President of Engineering
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  • Gary Chevsky

    Gary Chevsky

    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!”

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  • Gregory Dorso

    Gregory Dorso

    Vice President of Technology and Chief Architect
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  • Gregory Dorso

    Gregory Dorso

    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.”

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  • Brian Hansen

    Brian Hansen

    Vice President of Technical Operations
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  • Brian Hansen

    Brian Hansen

    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.”

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  • Richard Rabbat

    Richard Rabbat

    Vice President of Platform and Advertising
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  • Richard Rabbat

    Richard Rabbat

    Vice President of Platform and Advertising

    Richard Rabbat is Vice President of Advertising and Platform at Tango. He oversees Tango’s ad monetization strategy and the rollout of its advertising products. He also leads the company’s platform buildout focused on enabling innovative social and messaging channels that drive engagement and virality that fosters a thriving ecosystem for games.

    Prior to Tango, Richard was General Manager at Zynga, in charge of building Tango’s games SDKs across mobile and web. While at Zynga, Richard improved monetization of Zynga’s flagship game CityVille by 17%. Prior to Zynga, Richard was a Product Manager at Google, and drove a company-wide initiative "Make the Web Faster", across search and ad properties driving incremental revenue for the AdSense and DoubleClick properties. Richard started his career in R&D at Fujitsu.

    Richard holds a Ph.D. and an S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.E. and M.E. in Computer and Communications Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He's currently addicted to Road Riot.

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  • Jim Ying

    Jim Ying

    Vice President of Games Publishing
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  • Jim Ying

    Jim Ying

    Vice President of Games Publishing

    Jim Ying is Vice President of Game Publishing at Tango, where he signs and publishes games through the Tango platform. Before joining Tango, Ying was VP of Publishing & Partnerships at GREE International, where his team managed GREE’s Partners Fund, relationships with developers and partnerships with mobile ad vendors in addition to driving discussions with game publishers and platforms in China and Korea. Leading up to that, he served as SVP of Publishing and led the US office at 6waves, a publisher of social and mobile games, where he managed the product, marketing and bizdev teams. Earlier in his career, he held positions at RealNetworks Gamehouse, Microsoft Xbox and Monitor Consulting. Jim holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

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