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General Information

BirthplaceTaipei, Taiwan


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2002
Computer Science

Current Companies

Co - Founder

Former Companies

Co - Founder & CTO
Software Engineer
Engineering Manager

Web Presences


Steve Chen

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.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
DramaFever 6/2012Series B$6M11
Spool 1/2012Venture Round$1M5
Beautylish 9/2011Angel$1M5
Road Hero 4/2011Seed$300k2
ContextLogic 3/2011Angel$1.7M12
Hearsay Social 2/2011Series A$3M10
ReadyForZero 10/2010Seed$260k5
Course Hero 7/2010Seed$1.5M6
RethinkDB 4/2010Seed$1.2M11
Crocodoc 4/2010Angel6



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  7. ReadyForZero Raises $260K To Help Cleanse Consumers Of Credit Card Debt ( [edit]
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  9. RethinkDB Raises $1.2 Million For Its Database For Solid-State Drives ( [edit]
  10. Crocodoc Raises Cash, Upgrades Web-based Document Review Service ( [edit]
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