[So it’s been a while since I’ve produced Immigrant of the Day. I’m ready to get back to doing that regularly with some help from colleagues. But this past week our firm played host to two high school interns and each prepared an Immigrant of the Day blog post. First up is Anna Hori, a senior at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis.]
Born Yang Chih-Yuan on November 6th 1968 in Taipei, Taiwan, Jerry Yang’s formative years were not easy, with his father dying when he was just 2 years old. In 1978, when he was 10 years old, he moved to San Jose, California with his mother and younger brother. Yang has told interviewers he came to America knowing only the word “shoe” and then became fluent in a few years. That’s probably thanks to his mother who actually ended up teaching English to other immigrants.
Eventually, he enrolled at Stanford University where he earned both a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering. While at Stanford in 1994, he and David Filo created “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” which they eventually renamed Yahoo. By late 1994, they received up to 100,000 unique visitors and by April 1996, it had 48 employees, with both Filo and Yang serving as Chief Yahoo. In 1999, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100. In 2007, he was appointed as the CEO of Yahoo and served until 2009 where he was renamed Chief Yahoo and continued serving on the Board of Directors. Yang left the company in 2012 And today, he continues to work at AME Cloud Ventures, which provides funding to more than 50 startups, including Evernote and Wattpad.
– contributed by Anna Hori
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