Co-Founder & CEO
A second-generation entrepreneur, Herman Yau co-founded Tend with a mission to build reliable, robust IoT products and services that empower people to tend to what matters most in their lives. As CEO, Herman leads the company’s vision and direction in developing its award-winning smart home lifestyle products.
Prior to founding Tend, Herman worked as an enterprise software
developer at Oracle, where he built powerful technology products to solve business challenges. But, feeling a disconnect between his work and the personal impact of those products on people’s lives, he moved on to become a project manager at a Christian non-profit that brings hope to underserved people. There, he found the purpose and personal satisfaction in his work that comes from making a positive impact in people’s lives. For Herman, Tend brings together the best of both worlds: the ability to make a positive impact in people’s daily lives with user-friendly, yet powerful, technology they can count on.
A native of Taiwan, Herman moved to California with his family at age 10, where his father built a business from scratch. His multicultural, entrepreneurial upbringing instilled in him a deep appreciation for the value of diversity, hard work, ingenuity and persistence. Guided by the philosophy that, in both life and business, the key to success is to engage in problems and challenges and find solutions, rather than run away, Herman believes strongly in living with gratitude in both work and in life.
A 3-time consecutive CES Innovation Award Honoree (2015, 2016, 2017), Herman was also named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2015. He is a graduate of Cornell University, earning both a BA in Computer Science and Master of Engineering in Computer Science.
Co-Founder & CTO
Song Yao is a seasoned product development specialist, overseeing Tend’s engineering team with a focus on delivering timely, quality products that are both sophisticated in their functionality, but also user-friendly and accessible. Song is inspired by the opportunity to map concepts to the final product and deliver class-leading solutions in the dynamic and fast-paced consumer video analytics
As a former Product Manager at Yahoo! Search and Microsoft Research Asia, Song owned the execution of the entire product lifecycle from idea generation to concept screening through business analysis, product develop and product launch and support. There, he developed expertise in collaborating with sales, marketing, engineering and operations teams to define and plan product roadmaps, to execute on delivery and continue monitoring for future improvements. Song earned a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University.