Li Zhang

Empower startup engineering leaders to drive technological innovation and business success.

Versatile engineering leader with strong business acumen.

15+ years in-the-trenches experience with hyper-growth startups (Facebook, Airbnb) building business critical systems and teams from ground up.

10+ years of leadership experience including director of 150 eng organization and startup CTO and co-founder.

Well-connected network of eng domain experts across AI, data, payment, social media, online marketplace, mobile, ads, SaaS, etc.

Li Zhang



  • AmpUp


    CTO and Cofounder

    Sep 2021 - Present

    AmpUp is an electric vehicle (EV) charging company that enables drivers, hosts, and fleets to charge stress-free. Our technology gives businesses and property owners the ability to efficiently manage multiple charge stations in one place. We're building the world's largest electric vehicle charging network out of shared private and public chargers. We're hiring! Check out open positions at:

    • Developing the best EV charging management software.
  • Airbnb


    Director Of Engineering

    Aug 2018 - Sep 2021

    Create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.

    • I lead Guest engineering a team of 100+ engineers at Airbnb. My team is responsible for the end-to-end consumer-facing experience on Airbnb websites and mobile apps including in-product merchandising, search, booking, trip planning and messaging.
  • Airbnb


    Senior Engineering Manager

    Mar 2015 - Aug 2018

    Create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.

    • I led Market Dynamics a team of 30+ engineers that work on:
    • * supply and demand forecasting to help build data product and make strategic decisions.
    • * pricing modeling and product features on Airbnb to ensure listings are priced competitively for both guests and hosts.
    • * cancellation policies, fees and monetization to improve market efficiency and drive business success.
  • Airbnb


    Staff Software Engineer

    Sep 2014 - Mar 2015

    Create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.

    • I worked on search infrastructure and founded pricing team.
  • Facebook


    Engineering Manager

    Oct 2011 - Aug 2014

    Our mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

    • I manage the newsfeed infrastructure and feed quality team.
  • Facebook


    Staff Software Engineer

    Dec 2008 - Nov 2011

    Our mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.

    • I built most of the News Feed backend infrastructure and frameworks that was handling 300k qps.
  • Google


    Software Engineer Intern

    May 2008 - Aug 2008

    A problem isn't truly solved until it's solved for all. Googlers build products that help create opportunities for everyone, whether down the street or across the globe. Bring your insight, imagination and a healthy disregard for the impossible. Bring everything that makes you unique. Together, we can build for everyone.Check out our career opportunities at

    • I implemented a prototype of automatic learning algorithm for touristic landmark tagging. The algorithm can generate the name of the landmark in a photo on photo based on context and image similarity measurements. Patent filing pending.
  • USC


    Research Asistant

    Jan 2006 - Dec 2007

    Fight On!

    • I did research on computer vision, especially in pedestrian detection and tracking in camera videos. Many machine learning and graph algorithms are used in the research.
  • Tsinghua University

    Tsinghua University

    Research Asistant

    Aug 2004 - May 2006

    Tsinghua University is a university in Beijing, People's Republic of China. Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. The school was renamed the "Tsinghua School"​ in 1912. The university section was founded in 1925 and the name “National Tsinghua University” adopted in 1928. With a motto of Self-Discipline and Social Commitment and in the spirit of the Latin Facta Non Verba, Tsinghua University is dedicated to academic excellence, the well-being of Chinese society and to global development. Today, most national and international rankings place Tsinghua as one of the best universities in China.

    • I did research on automatic facial feature point extraction (face alignment), which resulted in a software system that can automatically label the important facial features such as eyes, nose, mouth and outline of faces. U.S. patent filed.

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