Eric Yuan is a Chinese-American businessman who is the founder and CEO of Zoom Video Communications, a video conferencing and online chat platform that became widely popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is known for being a self-made billionaire and for his innovative approach to technology which has transformed the way businesses communicate and collaborate.
Early Life and Education
Eric Yuan was born in Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China on February 20, 1970. He grew up in a small village in the countryside where his father worked as a mining engineer. From a young age, Eric was fascinated by technology and would often tinker with radios and other electronic devices. He received his undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and computer science from Shandong University of Science and Technology in 1987.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Eric moved to the United States to pursue his dream of working in the technology industry. He enrolled in a graduate program at Purdue University and earned a master’s degree in engineering in 1990.
Career and Achievements
Eric began his career as a software engineer at WebEx Communications, a company that provided web conferencing and online meeting services. He quickly rose through the ranks at the company, becoming one of its top engineers and eventually serving as its vice president of engineering.
In 2011, Eric left WebEx to start his own company, which would eventually become Zoom Video Communications. He founded the company with a vision of creating a better video conferencing platform that was more reliable and easier to use than existing solutions. He poured his own savings into the company and worked tirelessly to develop the software and build a team.
Zoom Video Communications was launched in 2013 and quickly gained popularity among businesses and individuals who were looking for an alternative to traditional video conferencing solutions. The company went public in 2019 and was valued at over $16 billion at the time of its IPO.
Under Eric’s leadership, Zoom has become one of the most popular and widely used video conferencing platforms in the world, with millions of users in over 100 countries. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurship and innovation, receiving numerous awards and honors such as being named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2020.
Eric is married with three children and resides in California. He is known for his humble demeanor and his focus on family and community. He is also committed to philanthropy, donating millions of dollars to education and healthcare initiatives in the United States and China.
|Born||February 20, 1970|
|Country||China / United States|
|Companies||Zoom Video Communications|
|Net Worth||US $11.2 billion|
|Forbes URL href||https://www.forbes.com/profile/eric-yuan/|