Philip Su, Software Developer in Seattle, WA, United States
Philip Su

Software Developer in Seattle, WA, United States

Member since September 3, 2021
Philip has coded client and server software for Microsoft, Facebook, and Oculus and managed engineering teams from a handful of people to hundreds of engineers. He founded and led a global health nonprofit, Audere, raising $17.5 million and building out the team and product. Philip also served as an entrepreneur in residence with Madrona Venture Group and currently teaches CS classes at the University of Washington.
Philip is now available for hire


  • Audere
    TypeScript, JavaScript, React, React Native, Firebase, AWS
  • Facebook
    PHP, TypeScript, C++, React, React VR
  • Microsoft
    C++, C#, .NET, ASP.NET



Seattle, WA, United States



Preferred Environment

MacOS, VS Code, React, React Native, Firebase, Cloud Firestore, Python 3, Python, TypeScript, Node.js

The most amazing...

...things I've done are founding the Facebook London office, building it to 600 engineers in five years, and launching my global AI and computer vision nonprofit.


  • CEO

    2018 - 2021
    • Founded the nonprofit, raising $17.5 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
    • Hired a team of 22 software professionals with a median industry experience of 24 years each.
    • Launched our product in the US, Australia, Nigeria, and Kenya.
    Technologies: TypeScript, JavaScript, React, React Native, Firebase, AWS
  • Site Director

    2010 - 2018
    • Founded and launched the Facebook London engineering office, leading it as its site director. Grew it from 12 employees to 600 employees in five years. Reported directly to Facebook's CTO.
    • Hired as the second member in Facebook's Seattle office, which was Facebook's first distributed engineering office. Designed and shipped the video calling product and led the re-architecture of web Messenger.
    • Founded the London Oculus team and developed Oculus 360 Photos. Coded on the Facebook Workplace product.
    Technologies: PHP, TypeScript, C++, React, React VR
  • Development Manager | Principal Group Manager

    1998 - 2010
    • Built and led the Windows Live Book Search and Academic Search teams. Led the Windows Mobile PC team. Led teams in Tablet PC and MSN.
    • Led the team investigating a company transformation effort around cloud computing.
    • Built features in Microsoft Word and MSN Money. Taught classes for engineers around building their skills and careers in the engineering excellence team.
    Technologies: C++, C#, .NET, ASP.NET


  • HealthPulse

    HealthPulse is a mobile application backed by cloud services that helps improve rapid testing for COVID-19, HIV, malaria, and other diseases in low-income countries. The nonprofit I founded and led invented and built this product; I coded on the product 50% of my first two years leading the team. I focused purely on leadership and management once the team grew to 22 employees.


  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Node.js
  • Platforms

    Firebase, MacOS
  • Other

    Software Development, Computer Science, Biology, AWS, Leadership, Fundraising, Technical Hiring
  • Languages

    TypeScript, JavaScript, PHP, C++, Python 3, Python, C#
  • Frameworks

    React Native, React VR, .NET, ASP.NET
  • Tools

    VS Code
  • Storage

    Cloud Firestore
  • Paradigms

    Human-centered Design (HCD)


  • Doctorate in Computer Science
    1998 - 1999
    Stanford University - Palo Alta, CA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience
    1994 - 1998
    University of Maryland - College Park, MD
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
    1994 - 1998
    University of Maryland - College Park, MD


  • NSF Fellowship
    MAY 1998 - PRESENT
    National Science Foundation

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