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

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Developer

Seattle, WA, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 13, 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.


TypeScript, JavaScript, React, React Native, Firebase, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
PHP, TypeScript, C++, React, React VR
C++, C#, .NET, ASP.NET




Preferred Environment

MacOS, Visual Studio Code (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.

Work Experience


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, Amazon Web Services (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 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.
1998 - 1999

Doctorate in Computer Science

Stanford University - Palo Alta, CA

1994 - 1998

Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience

University of Maryland - College Park, MD

1994 - 1998

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Maryland - College Park, MD


NSF Fellowship

National Science Foundation


React, Node.js


Firebase, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), MacOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


React Native, React VR, .NET, ASP.NET


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


Cloud Firestore


Human-centered Design (HCD)


Software Development, Computer Science, Biology, Leadership, Fundraising, Technical Hiring

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