FORA.tv Speaker - Max Levchin
Max Rafael Levchin is a Ukrainian-born computer scientist and entrepreneur widely known as co-founder and former chief technology officer of PayPal.
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), he moved to the United States with his family, under a political asylum, and settled in Chicago, Illinois in 1991. He received his bachelor's degree in computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and co-founded two companies that made Internet-tools, NetMeridian Software and SponsorNet New Media. In 1998, he founded Fieldlink with John Bernard Powers (who left the company shortly thereafter) and Peter Thiel. After changing the company name to Confinity, they developed a popular payment product known as PayPal. After a merger with another company, X.com, the combined entity was renamed PayPal Inc.
In 2004, Levchin founded Slide, a personal media-sharing service for social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. Slide was sold to Google in August 2010 for $182 Million and, on August 25, Levchin was named Google's newest Vice President of Engineering.
02.02.11 | 01:05:11 min
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