Primary Role
Entrepreneur in Residence @ Google Ventures
10 Investments in 10 Companies
August, 1978

Person Details


Steve Chen is an internet entrepreneur and the co-founder and previous Chief Technology Officer of YouTube. Born in August 1978 in Taiwan. Raised in Taiwan, Chen and his family immigrated to the United States when he was 15.

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chen worked at PayPal, where he met Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim. In 2005, the three founded YouTube, a website designed to simplify video sharing online.

Chen was named one of the "The 50 people who matter now" by Business 2.0 magazine in 2006. That year, he and Hurley sold YouTube to Google, Inc. for $1.65 billion in stock.

Chen most recently co-founded AVOS Systems with YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.

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  • DramaFever
    DramaFever is an online video site for the distribution of international televised content, including movies, documentaries and TV shows.
    Jun 12, 2012 - Invested in $6M Series B with 11 others
  • Spool
    Spool enables users to save articles and videos to their computer, tablet and mobile phone for future online or offline access.
    Jan 4, 2012 - Invested in $1M Venture Round with 4 others
  • Beautylish
    Beautylish is a social commerce website for the cosmetic industry that enables users to share beauty-related content with other users.
    Sep 1, 2011 - Invested in $1M Angel Round with 4 others
  • Road Hero
    Road Hero provides road safety applications that offer driver feedback.
    Apr 6, 2011 - Invested in $300k Seed Round with 1 other
  • Hearsay Social
    Hearsay Social helps financial services teams grow their business on social.
    Feb 3, 2011 - Invested in $3M Series A with 9 others
  • ReadyForZero
    ReadyForZero creates online financial software for actively managing personal debt and credit.
    Oct 28, 2010 - Invested in $260k Seed Round with 4 others
  • Wish
    Wish is the leading mobile commerce platform in Europe and North America
    Oct 21, 2010 - Invested in $1.7M Angel Round with 21 others
  • Course Hero
    Course Hero is a digital learning platform helping students learn and succeed with supplemental study materials, tutoring, and flashcards.
    Jul 8, 2010 - Invested in $1.5M Seed Round with 7 others