Michael Yang

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1961 –


Who is Michael Yang?

Michael Yang is a Korean American technology entrepreneur. He was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to San Jose, California on April 2, 1976, with his family when he was 14 years old.

After attending UC Berkeley and Columbia University graduate school, Michael worked for Xerox, Intergraph, Televideo, Samsung and Jazz Multimedia before starting his first venture capital backed startup company mySimon with Yeogirl Yun in April 1998. mySimon was acquired by CNET in 2000 for $700 million during the Internet boom.

He then started Become.com in January 2004 and raised $37 million in capital from TPG, Transcosmos, EFF and Ron Conway.

Michael has served as member of the IT Advisory Council for President George W. Bush in 2001 and as an advisory board member of Creative Economy Leader advisory group for President Park Geun-hye of South Korea in 2013.

Michael's story has been written about in publications such as Businessweek, MIT Technology Review, and Christianity Today magazines.

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Aug 31, 1961
South Korea
  • United States of America
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Columbia University
  • Become.com
Lived in
  • San Jose

on July 23, 2013


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