About

Me

Hi, my name is Wesley Y. Tian. I'm a founding member of Virtually, the "Shopify" for Online Schools. Our mission is to make education more accessible and more affordable.

As Virtually's first hire, I've helped out in multiple domains, but my forte is software engineering. We are currently a team of 12 (6 full-time) and are backed by Afore Capital, Y Combinator, Tiger Global, and talented angels such as Eric Ries, Li Fan, and Avlok Kohli. We've raised over $2M to date.

Growing up around the world in the following places has inexplicably shaped my worldview:

  • Mountain View, CA (age 0) πŸ‘ΆπŸ»
  • San Jose metro area, CA (ages 1-4) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Portland metro area, OR (5-6) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Taipei, Taiwan (7-8) πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ό
  • Portland metro area, OR (8-9) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Shanghai, China (10-17) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³
  • Amherst, MA (19-20) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Ann Arbor, MI (21-23) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • Reno, NV (24) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  • San Jose metro area, CA (soon!) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

When I'm not working, I'm reading, training for my Ironman, calling friends and family, and writing.

I've previously worked at Microsoft as a Software Engineer, Clinc as a Machine Learning Engineer, and studied Computer Science, Data Science, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. Go Blue! 〽️


This Site

This snippet below pretty much sums up the reasons why I continue to maintain this site. I found it here. Plus, it's like volunteering. It feels good to know that you're providing value to others. I've had dozens of people reach out to me about how my writing has inspired them. I've also been able to make friends and connections through this site.

Post by Dave Zohrob, Don't put your career in stealth mode

Key takeaway: Once you get hired, make an effort to spread what you are learning and building.

I think this is a great point. If you occasionally blog about what you've been learning, or open-source a small module, great things happen.

You become a more interesting person (at least in the context where most people will research you, i.e. online), and you contribute knowledge back to the world.

Of course, this can do great things five years down the track when you are thinking about your next move.

This site was built using React, JavaScript, Google Firebase Realtime Database, Next.js, Vercel, GitHub, and remark. Previous iterations of this site were built using WordPress, GitHub, Jekyll, and Hugo.

Credit for the initial inspiration of starting a blog goes to one of my childhood best friends, Douglas Qian.

Find a typo on my site? Fork my site and make a pull request. Contributors: Kiernan Roche, Your Name Here

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