Jerry was born and raised in China. After college, he came to the States initially as a PhD student in Geology @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Accidentally pivoted to computer science after one year, and joined Amazon as a software engineer after getting his master’s. Three years into that role, an amazing experience temporarily managing a small team led him to engineering leadership. Drawn by the vision of connecting consumers and merchants offline in real time, Jerry joined an internal startup of Groupon focused on Point of Sale and Payments, leading Payments engineering, and grew the team from 3 to 20 in ~2 years, half of which were distributed across Canada, Brazil, and China. Two years later, the team transitioned to own the entire Payments engineering for Groupon, consolidating various payments technologies into a global platform. Soon after Jerry was promoted to Director of Engineering at Groupon.