Wesley Chan

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Wesley Chan was an early product innovator at Google Inc., best known for founding and launching Google Analytics and Google Voice.[1] He is currently an angel investor investing in early-stage technology and software startups and is an advisor to Google Ventures.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Chan holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his graduate research at the MIT Media Lab.[3]

Career[edit]

Chan joined Google Ventures in 2009 as one of the early General Partners. In 2014, he transitioned to a role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the fund.[4] As an investor, he led investments in and sat on the Board of Directors of software and web startups, cleantech companies, and biotech firms, including AngelList, iPerian (exited to Bristol Myers-Squibb), UberConference, The Climate Corporation (exited to Monsanto), Coolplanet Energy Systems, Parse (exited to FaceBook), Foundation Medicine (NASDAQ: FMI), and Optimizely.[5]

Prior to joining Google Ventures, Chan helped to write and launch Google AdWords and AdSense and also founded and launched Google Analytics and Google Voice.[6] Chan led and managed the acquisitions of Urchin Software Corporation and GrandCentral Communications which became the foundation for Google Analytics and Google Voice.[7]

Among the projects he has built, led, or founded while at Google include:

Chan was also a research lead at HP Labs[13] in Palo Alto, CA and was a software engineer at Microsoft and Fujitsu.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Chan is a recipient of a Google Founders' Award for his work on building the Google Toolbar and growing it into one of the most installed client products in the world.[14]

He was selected by Technology Review Magazine as one of their top "35 under 35" TR35 innovators in 2010 for his work on founding Google Voice and Google Analytics.[15]

Chan holds 13 US patents from his work building Google AdWords and AdSense.[16]

Other interests[edit]

Chan is an accomplished photographer and has been published in numerous times in books and in the press. He was also the Chief Photographer Emeritus for Google.[17]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "EARLY GOOGLE EMPLOYEE REFLECTS ON CAREER". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Google Ventures Biography: Wesley Chan". Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Project Voyager MIT Media Lab". Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Google Ventures’ Wesley Chan Steps Down As General Partner To Work On His Own Startup". Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Wesley Chan's Investment Profile". Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Google Ventures’ Wesley Chan: From Voice to VC". Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  7. ^ In The Plex: How Google Works, Thinks, and Shapes Our Lives. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  8. ^ Albanesius, Chloe (2007-07-03). "PC Magazine: Google's GrandCentral Buy Anticipates Web Voice Mail". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  9. ^ "Google Voice Blog: Google Welcomes Gizmo5". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  10. ^ "USPTO Patent Search: Wesley Chan". Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Google Talk Blog". Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  12. ^ "CNET - Google employees' wireless patents published". Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  13. ^ "Chan HP Labs Publications". Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  14. ^ "VentureBeat: New DEMO Speakers Announced". Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Technology Review TR35 Profile: Wesley Chan". Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  16. ^ "USPTO Patent Search: Wesley Chan". Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  17. ^ "Chan TED Biography". Retrieved 2010-09-01.