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.”
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.