Intro: Simon Tan

I’m an aspiring urbanist, on a journey to start my second career as an urban planner. Currently taking a variety of educational courses in a pre-graduate school phase.

My previous career was a 10+ year 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 retired from 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 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 entirely 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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COVID-19 Reflections

I tested positive for COVID-19, had an utterly horrible couple of weeks, and thankfully have survived to tell the tale.

Addressing Creekside Homelessness

One of my community engagement projects this semester involved learning about the homeless situation along Coyote Creek, a waterway that runs through the heart of San José, CA. “The Jungle” is one particular area infamous for being the largest homeless encampment in the continental United States. Our team was tasked with analyzing policy options to … Continue reading Addressing Creekside Homelessness

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