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Football: Who is Kabam CEO Kevin Chou?

THE MAN BEHIND KABAM

A look at Kevin Chou, co-founder and CEO of Kabam, the mobile video game maker that will pay Cal athletics $18 million over 15 years for field naming rights at Memorial Stadium:

– A native of Moorpark, Chou, 33, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 2002 with a BS in Business Administration. At UC Berkeley, he was admitted into the inaugural class of Gates Millennium Scholars.

– Before the age of 30, Chou was an investment bank analyst at Deutsche Bank and a Silicon Valley global venture capitalist with Canaan Partners.

– Co-founder of Kabam in 2006. The company started with a handful of employees working above a dim sum restaurant.

– Kabam now has 500 employees in offices on three continents, including at its global headquarters in San Francisco. The company brought in $180 million in 2012, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

– Fortune magazine in 2011 included Chou as one of the “Smartest People in Tech.”

– The Los Angeles Times in 2012 called him “absurdly accomplished.”

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Other key Kabam executives with ties to Cal:

– Holly Liu, Co-founder and Chief of Staff, Masters in Information Management & Systems from UC Berkeley

– Michael Li, Co-Founder and General Manager, China, graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

– Andrew Sheppard, President, Kabam Game Studio, MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

– Chris Carvalho, Chief Operating Officer, bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley

– Amit Ranade, President, Kabam Distribution, B.S. in computer science from . . . Stanford.

Jeff Faraudo

  • DaveintheHills

    Go Bears!

  • 707 Bear

    We’ve been hoping for a Phil Knight for a long time.

    You never know.

  • HeteroscedasticBear

    It’s good to see a stanford grad hired as the delivery boy in a company founded by Cal Grads!

    Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    707 +1

  • milo

    I’m still don’t like field naming but hey at least Cal is keeping it in the family! And yeah, this guy is young so maybe he gets more involved over time. Go Bears!