Alliance Labs is a research and development team focused on the power of network effects. We build distributed and decentralized systems to solve large scale problems.

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
— Aristotle

Team

Darick Tong

Darick is a Principal Engineer at Google, where he has built large-scale distributed systems since 2003. He is part of the team that developed and launched Gmail, and is a recipient of the Google Founders Award. At Stanford, he focused on artificial intelligence in his undergraduate studies and cryptography in his graduate studies in computer science.

David Papandrew

"Papa" brings 20 years of product management experience to the team. He is a co-founder of Fanpop and served as Chief Product Officer. Previously he worked at several leading technology and media companies in the Bay Area in both B2C and B2B spaces. Papa grew up in Hawaii and studied at Occidental and Harvard.

Cliff Szu

Cliff is an entrepreneur and CEO of Hadron. He was CEO and co-founder of Fanpop, a community-powered network achieving over 50 million uniques. Cliff grew up on the East Coast and studied computer science and economics at Stanford.

Michael Chu

Michael was instrumental in building out the technology and decentralized strategies embraced by millions of users at Fanpop. Previously, Michael worked at Intel where he helped develop and launch the Intel Centrino platform and was awarded six patents in Computer Vision. A California native, Michael studied computer science at U.C. Berkeley.

Evan Szu

Evan has managed technology product development for over a decade in Silicon Valley. He received dual degrees in computer science and chemistry from Brown University where he explored computer simulation techniques for modeling atomic and molecular motion. He later completed a Ph.D. at Stanford where he was awarded a Stanford Graduate Fellowship.

Simon Ilra Wei

Simon is a multi-disciplinary designer with extensive background in Visual Design, UI, and UX Design. Previously, he worked at 3Q Digital where he helped optimize marketing creatives for leading technology companies including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Nokia, and more. Bilingual in English and Korean, Simon grew up in the Bay Area and received a BFA at the prestigious ArtCenter College of Design.