A Conversation with Zoom Founder and CEO Eric S. Yuan
Eric S. Yuan founded Zoom in 2011 to deliver happiness and bring teams together in a frictionless video environment. Zoom's video-first unified communications platform has dramatically transformed the way leading global enterprises communicate. Under Yuan's leadership, Zoom was one of the highest-performing tech IPOs of 2019.
In 2020, Zoom use ballooned beyond enterprise as most of the world transitioned to work, school, and socializing from home amid the pandemic.
Prior to founding Zoom, Yuan was corporate vice president of engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. Yuan was one of the founding engineers and vice president of engineering at Webex. Between 1997 and 2011, he grew his team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M.
Yuan has been named one of the Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech by Business Insider. In 2018, he was named the #1 CEO of a large U.S. company by Glassdoor and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California (software category). In 2019, he was added to the Bloomberg 50 as a leader who changed the game in global business, and he was included in Time magazine's list of the most influential people in 2020. Yuan is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real-time collaboration.