Steve Chen

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Steve Chen
駿
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Born Steven Shih Chen
(1978-08-18) August 18, 1978 (age 37)
Taipei, Taiwan
Residence San Francisco, California, US
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Occupation Co-Founder of AVOS Systems
Known for Co-Founder of YouTube
Net worth $300 million
Spouse(s) Park Ji-hyun (Jamie Chin)
Children one son (born 2010)
Website YouTube

Steven Shih "Steve" Chen (traditional Chinese: 駿; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Chén Shìjùn; born in August 18, 1978) is a Taiwanese-born American internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of the co-founders and the previous Chief Technology Officer of the popular website YouTube.[1] After having co-founded the company AVOS Systems, Inc. and built the video-sharing app MixBit,[2] he joined Google Ventures in 2014.[3]

Early years and education[edit]

Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. When he was fifteen years old, he and his family immigrated to the United States.[4] He went to 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 2002.[5]

Business career[edit]

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 YouTube.[6]

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 business.[7]

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 Google shares that he received were reported to be worth over $326 million about 1 year later.[8]

He and Chad Hurley have now started AVOS Systems which has acquired Delicious from Yahoo! Inc.

Chen has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Chen married Park Ji-hyun, who is now Jamie Chen, a Google Korea product marketing manager, in 2009. They live in San Francisco with their two children. One son was born in July 2010.[10] The Chens are major supporters of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco where Jamie was appointed a trustee in July 2012.[11][12]

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