Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, an award-winning engineer,
a New York Times bestselling author, a thought leader, and a philanthropist. He is
also quite funny.
Meng is Google's Jolly Good Fellow
(which nobody can deny). Like many things in Google, his unusual job
title started as a joke, but eventually became real. Meng was one of
Google's earliest engineers. Among many
other things, he helped build Google's first mobile search service, and
headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google's search quality.
After a successful 8-year stint in Engineering and 2 years as GoogleEDU's
Head of Personal Growth, he now serves with Google's People Development Team.
His current job description is, "Enlighten minds, open hearts, create
At Google, Meng led the creation of a groundbreaking mindfulness-based
emotional intelligence course called Search Inside Yourself, which was featured
on the front page of the Sunday Business section of the New York Times. Search Inside Yourself is also the
title of Meng's New York Times bestselling book which has been endorsed by world leaders
such as President Carter of the United States and President Nathan of Singapore, business
leaders such as Eric Schmidt of Google and John Mackey of Whole Foods Markets, and spiritual
leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Deepak Chopra. Meng hopes Search Inside Yourself
will eventually contribute to world peace in a meaningful way.
Outside of Google, Meng is Co-Chair of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, which
has been nominated by 6 Nobel peace laureates for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the Founder and (Jolly Good)
President of the Tan Teo Charitable Foundation, a small foundation
dedicated to promoting Peace, Liberty and Enlightenment in the world.
He is also a Founder and the Chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership
Institute (SIYLI, pronounced "silly").
He is a Founding Patron of Stanford University's Center for Compassion
and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE),
Founding Patron of the World Peace Festival, and an adviser to a number of
Meng earned his MS in Computer Science from the University of
California at Santa Barbara. He went to Santa Barbara mainly for the
beach, but didn't mind the graduate degree either. He has won many
computing-related awards, including the Championship of Singapore's
National Software Competition. Prior to coming to the United States,
Meng had a successful engineering career in Singapore. (He knew it was
successful because nobody offered to fire him).
Meng created one of the world's earliest websites on Buddhism in 1995.
He considers himself a Buddhist "on most weekdays, especially Mondays".
He is an avid meditator, because meditation facilitates in him inner
peace and happiness "without doing real work". Meng was featured on the front page
of the New York Times. He delivered a TED talk on compassion at the United
Nations and spoke at the White House about the development of kindness. He has met three United States Presidents: Obama,
Clinton and Carter. The Dalai Lama gave him a hug for his 40th
birthday. President Carter gave him a standing ovation at one of his talks.
Most importantly, he made mom proud.
His personal motto is, "Life is too important to be taken seriously".
Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a
drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment. When Meng grows up,
he wants to save the world, and have lots of fun and laughter doing it.
He feels if something is no laughing matter, it is probably not worth
(Last update: 11 Jan 2015)
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