Intro: Simon Tan

I’m an aspiring urbanist, on a journey to start a new career as an urban planner. Currently taking graduate school courses and aiming to finish in 2022.

I previously had a run as a product manager in the software industry. I worked for companies including Dropbox, Atlassian, Box, and Microsoft, specializing in mobile & enterprise productivity SaaS (cloud software).

While I’m passionate about the future of work and mobile productivity, I left the tech industry in 2020 to pursue my other lifelong passion in urban planning, where I have much more to learn and new ways to grow. I’ve been involved with nonprofits such as SPUR, SF Transit Riders, and Seamless Bay Area for years, but now I’m taking this hobby to the next level.

Brisk mobility largely defined my style as a product manager in tech, and I anticipate this is an element I will carry with me as I enter this new field. I look forward to documenting the journey here and invite you to connect and offer any advice or suggestions along the way!

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Tech Remote Work Study

If you work in tech (whether you’re in the Bay Area or have moved on elsewhere!), please take this brief and anonymous survey about your new travel habits in the remote work era: Once you’re finished, it would be greatly appreciated if you could also share the survey link with your coworkers! For reference, … Continue reading Tech Remote Work Study

Planning Muni’s 2022 Service Network with SFMTA

Background & Context Every Fall, service planners at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) draft proposed modifications to the Muni (public transit) network for the upcoming year based on the city’s needs and resource availability. This annual exercise is typically uneventful, with minor changes to routes or service frequencies and limited public engagement. However, … Continue reading Planning Muni’s 2022 Service Network with SFMTA


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