2016 Young Alumni Achievement Award
Yu Pan is the chief technology officer at 8i, a tech firm that makes it possible to easily create and experience photorealistic human holograms for virtual reality, augmented reality, and the web. As CTO, Pan heads the company’s platform distribution and disruptive grass roots adoption.
Prior to 8i, Pan worked at Affirm, a consumer lending startup aimed at revolutionizing the way online consumer credit is done. There, he spearheaded the development of integrations with top e-Commerce platforms that drove a substantial portion of Affirm's early growth.
Earlier in his career, Pan was one of the co-founders of PayPal. He designed and implemented the company’s first flagship product and developed web technologies that enabled PayPal to dominate auction payments on eBay. Later, Pan joined YouTube as its first employee, where he built the company's first player, developed technologies that enabled its massive growth on outside social platforms, and later joined Google as part of the acquisition.
After leaving Google, Pan co-founded KiwiCrate, which provides parents with inspiration and materials for imaginative learning for their children.