Question of the Day [AAPI Heritage Month]: Eric Yuan (who is worth over $13 billion) is founder and CEO of what company?

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May 05, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career

Answer: Zoom, the video conferencing platform

Questions:

  1. What elements have made Zoom such a successful company over the last few years?
  2. What are some important characteristics that Eric Yuan may have shown throughout his time founding and running Zoom?
  3. Have you ever had an idea "before its time" that eventually became an important part of everyday life?

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Behind the numbers (Forbes):

"Eric Yuan is the founder of Zoom, a video communications tool that went public in April 2019. He was previously a manager of WebEx at Cisco, which acquired the video conferencing company in 2007. Born in China, Yuan move to Silicon Valley in 1997 after eight failed attempts to obtain a visa.


At the IPO, Yuan owned 22% of Zoom, which was valued at just over $9 billion before trading began. An avid basketball fan, Yuan attends his children's games and counted Golden State Warriors player Andre Iguodala as an investor."


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Check out this video of Eric Yuan discussing his path to creating Zoom!

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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.