Dr. Pehong Chen is Chairman, President and CEO of BroadVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: BVSN), which he founded in May 1993. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices and operations in more than 20 other cities around the world, BroadVision is an innovative provider of online commerce and business social networking solutions. For 18 years, BroadVision has helped thousands of organizations around the globe to enable mission-critical web initiatives and to grow profitably by improving online business processes through invited participation and social interaction.
Prior to starting BroadVision, he was Vice President of multimedia technology at Sybase and was responsible for the company's interactive initiatives. He founded and was President of Gain Technology, a leading supplier of multimedia software tools, where he pioneered multimedia as an enabling technology for a new generation of business applications that engage end users and consumers in a process of interaction and information exchange. Sybase, a leading supplier of database software, acquired Gain in 1992 for over $100 million.
Dubbed "Master of the Universe" as one of the 25 most influential people in e-business by ‘BusinessWeek’, Dr. Chen is an active participant in the Silicon Valley success story. Having personally started and run 2 successful startup software companies in the past 19 years, Dr. Chen has also been active in helping others do the same. In 1993, he provided startup funding for Siebel Systems, a worldwide leader in sales force automation software (acquired by Oracle). Currently, other then BroadVision, he also serves as the board member of Sina (NASDAQ: SINA), the #1 Internet Internet portal in China, Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) a worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader in unified threat management (UTM) and hiSoft (NASDAQ: HSFT) a trusted technology services partner with proven global capabilities, quality standards, and delivery processes that guarantee business value.
Dr. Chen is currently a Vice Chairman of the Committee of 100, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving mutual understanding between United States and China through dialogue and cooperation. He is also an adviser to the College of Engineering, University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Chen received his PhD from Berkeley, MS from Indiana University, and BS from National Taiwan University, all in computer science. He is also a graduate of Stanford University's executive program in business and management.