Co-Founder and Former Chief Technology Officer, YouTube
Steve Chen is best known as the co-founder and former chief technology officer of YouTube. He is an internet entrepreneur, co-founding startups including his newest venture, Nom – a digital community where food lovers can create and share their favorite moments through live video and chat. Steve was instrumental in building YouTube – a site which has had a profound impact on the way we communicate, learn and connect. He played a key role in launching the company and turning YouTube into the world’s premier entertainment destination.
With his success, Steve has also become a role model for the next generation of Asian American philanthropists. He has led the way for young entrepreneurs who believe in investing in the community. Steve shared his optimism about the future of philanthropy saying, “We’ve reached a tipping point. Young entrepreneurs are finding their passions and are starting to give back.” In 2013, he made a $1 million gift to his alma mater, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. His gift went towards the creation of the “Innovation Hub,” a facility to support student entrepreneurship. Steve is also a strong supporter of organizations in the Bay Area, including the Asian Art Museum and UCSF.