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My Favorite Personal Photo

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A photo of my sister and I in communist China in 1975

My Blog

With this blog, I hope to share some of my professional experiences as a software engineer, my passion for raising a happy child @episode.cate, love of playing badminton and building a restaurant, I Privé.

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My name is Tony Tam. A little personal history. I’m of Chinese descent. I immigrated with my parents to San Francisco when I was 10 years old. Not speaking a word of English, I struggled in school until I was in sixth grade when everything clicked. I attended Presideo Middle School in SF, then to one of the best high schools in San Francisco, Lowell High and then to U.C. Berkeley for my bachelors in Computer Science.

Now my work history. I have only held 3 jobs out of college. One was with Silicon Graphics from 1995 to 1999.


The second is 16 years with Yahoo! from 1999 to 2016.


My current job is working on Engineering Productivity for Splunk Inc. from 2016 to now.


At Yahoo!, I joined the Yahoo! News team of one engineer (Brad Clawsie). Brad was a very practical programmer, taught me a lot about what mattered and what didn’t. Yahoo! News was running on 4 web servers running on a custom template language known internally as HTMLforms. I did a lot of mysql, perl, C code to keep our news pages running fast. Brad handed over the site to me in about a year.

Yahoo News was the # 1 website on the planet.  My team grew from 1 engineer to 30 engineers by 2008.

Fast forward to June 2009. Yahoo! News team has now grown to 30+ engineers. I was asked by my director and VP to rebuild the backend of all Media sites to run on cloud computing, replace everything from US News.  This project ended up to replace 135 news based websites inside Yahoo.  In terms of career impact, this project was the biggest for me.

Having 300+ engineers all working on the same code base led to my growth into the area of continuous delivery, developer evangelism, developer tooling and developer community building.


Highschool age daughter @episode.cate on Instagram

My wife K.T.

My sister and parents live near me in the bay area as well.

Professional Focus

  • Building tools, processes, training to make developers’ life easier and increase the iteration speed for delivery value to the business
  • I like to figure out common pain points in an engineering organization and make their better, faster, more delightful.  I enjoy the human and technology portion of software development,.

Restaurant Owner

I am a silent partner of a sushi restaurant in Burlingame working on all the digital infrastructure.  Check out I Privé and my posts about being a restaurant owner

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Personal interests


That’s it, I hope my blog is something I will find useful 10,20, 30 years from now.  If you find it useful, drop me a note. If you don’t please just ignore and delete your browsing history.