Steven Shih "Steve" Chen (traditional Chinese: 陳士駿; simplified
Chinese: 陈士骏; pinyin: Chén Shìjùn; born August 18, 1978) is a
Taiwanese American Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of
the co-founders and the previous chief technology officer of the
popular website YouTube. After having co-founded the company AVOS
Systems, Inc. and built the video-sharing app MixBit, he joined
Google Ventures in 2014.
1 Early years and education
2 Business career
3 Personal life
6 External links
Early years and education
Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. When he was fifteen, he and his
family immigrated to the United States and settled in Prospect
Heights, Illinois. He went to
River Trails Middle School
River Trails Middle School in Mount
Prospect for his middle school education and John Hersey High School
in Arlington Heights for his freshman year of high school. For his
final three years of high school, he attended the Illinois Mathematics
and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. At the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign, he studied computer science. He graduated in
Chen was an employee at the industry financial company PayPal, where
he first met
Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim. Chen was also an early
employee at Facebook, although he left after several months to start
In 2005, Chad Hurley,
Jawed Karim and Chen founded YouTube, with Chen
having the position of chief technology officer. In June 2006, Chen
was named by
Business 2.0 as one of "The 50 people who matter now" in
On October 16, 2006, Chen and Hurley sold
YouTube to Google, Inc. for
$1.65 billion. Chen received 625,366 shares of
Google and an
additional 68,721 in a trust as part of the sale. The
that he received were reported to be worth over $326 million about 1
He and Hurley started
AVOS Systems which acquired Delicious from
Chen was listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian
Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.
Chen married Park Ji-hyun, who is now Jamie Chen, a
product marketing manager, in 2009. They live in
San Francisco with
their two children. One son was born in July 2010. The Chens are
major supporters of the Asian Art Museum of
San Francisco where Jamie
was appointed a trustee in July 2012.
Chad Hurley and
Walt Mossberg in 2007
YouTube Taiwan's launch press conference in 2007
Steve Chen with his wife Jamie Chen and
Kamran Elahian in 2009
YouTube Founders Launch New Video-Sharing App MixBit". PC
YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins
^ https://www.crunchbase.com/person/steve-chen. Missing or empty
^ YouTube: The Company and Its Founders By Rebecca Rowell Retrieved
^ "Facebook's First 20 Employees: Where Are They Now?". Business
Insider. February 1, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
^ "The 50 people who matter now". CNN. June 21, 2006.
^ Helft, Miguel (7 February 2007). "YouTube's Payoff: Hundreds of
Millions for the Founders" – via NYTimes.com.
^ "The Ultimate List Of 15 Asian Scientists To Watch – Steve Chen".
AsianScientist.com. May 15, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
YouTube Founder Married Korean Woman".
^ Asian Art Museum: Additional support is provided by Jamie and Steve
^ "Asian Art Museum Appoints Seven New Trustees" (PDF).
Asian Americans portal
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