Jerry Yang: Profile of an Internet Pioneer

Jerry_YangJerry Yang is an entrepreneur who founded Yahoo!, one of the leading search engines on the internet. BusinessWeek branded Yang as one of “The Most 25 Most Influential Men on the Web.” Forbes also listed the entrepreneur as one of the richest men in America.

Jerry Yang was born in Taipei on November 6, 1968. His mother moved the family to California when he was 8 years old, and he was raised in San Jose. When he moved to the United States, Yang spoke only one word of English; however, it only took him three years to be proficient in the language. While in high school, he was even placed in a college level English class. He attended Stanford where he received a college degree in computer science. He then received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering.

While in college, he met David Filo and the two used computer-aided design to create computer chips. The pair decided to experiment with the internet, which was relatively new to the world of technology; therefore, it took quite a bit of time. In 1994, Jerry and David built their own website named David and Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web.” The name was eventually changed to Yahoo!. Jerry and David decided it was time to make some money, so they hired an investor. One year after the invention of Yahoo!, it became one of the most booming companies online.

Jerry Yang was very active in running the company he co-founded. He was the CEO, and he played a vital part in the development of the company, and he helped implement the goals and strategies of the company. Carol Bartz took over as the chief executive in 2009, but Yang remains a member of the board of directors. Yang has had to endure criticism for not increasing the stock price of Yahoo!, and he declined to accept a deal with Microsoft.

In spite the scrutiny, Jerry Yang is known as one of the most brilliant entrepreneur in the world. In 2012, Yahoo! revealed that Yang will be leaving the company. He is presently on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Fund and Cisco; he is also on the Board of Trustees at Stanford University.