Steve Chen

Last updated on 1 August 2017

Steven Shih "Steve" Chen (traditional Chinese: 駿; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Chén Shìjùn; born on August 18, 1978) is an American Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of the co-founders and the previous chief technology officer of the popular website YouTube. He is of Taiwanese descent. [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]

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Steve Chen in 2007

Early years and education

Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. When he was fifteen, he and his family immigrated to the United States[4] and settled in Prospect Heights, Illinois.[5] 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.[6]

Business career

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

He and Hurley started AVOS Systems which acquired Delicious from Yahoo! Inc.

Chen was listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.[10]

Personal life

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.[11] The Chens are major supporters of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco where Jamie was appointed a trustee in July 2012.[12][13]


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Chen with Chad Hurley and Walt Mossberg in 2007

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Chen at YouTube Taiwan's launch press conference in 2007

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Steve Chen with his wife Jamie Chen and Kamran Elahian in 2009


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