With the vision to provide groups a free, easy and fast way to communicate with group members via SMS, Derek Johnson founded Tatango.com in 2007. Initially started as a way for his Fraternity to communicate with his Fraternity brothers, Tatango.com has grown to become a multi-million dollar leader in it's industry. As CEO, Derek is primarily focused on how to best translate user needs into a great service while directing Tatango.com in their strategic direction.
A 23-year-old dropout of the University of Houston Entrepreneurial program,Derek has raised half a million dollars in investments for the company from private investors and the Bellingham Angel Group. Tatango.com has done over 25 million messages since their launch and services all types of groups such as College organizations, churches, athletic teams, political candidates and non-profit groups.
As any entrepreneur will tell you, launching a company is hard work. Derek, a self proclaimed workaholic puts in 100+ hour workweeks to fulfill his vision of Tatango.com.
To make all the effort of launching Tatango.com as rewarding as possible for his employees, Derek has tried to keep the atmosphere a fun and exciting place to come to work everyday. The company's current office is located just outside of Seattle, WA. In the office you will find fridges stocked with energy drinks for the long hours the team puts in, a plasma TV for movie nights, blaring music, and walls covered with whiteboards as employees are always brainstorming new ideas.
Derek and the Tatango.com team have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, Mashable, TechCrunch and other national publications.