Zoom CEO Eric Yuan on Pursuing Happiness

09/08/2020

The question "Wanna Zoom?" is practically ubiquitous as folks have adjusted to connecting virtually during the pandemic. On the latest Walker Webcast, Willy and Zoom Founder and CEO Eric Yuan discussed how the video communications platform has scaled, Eric's inspiration, and numerous other topics, including:

  • The purpose of life (he has figured it out, and it's pretty inspiring)
  • Collaboration and the future of office space as the world goes more digital
  • What video communication could look like in 25 years
  • ...and more!

A bit about each speaker:

Willy Walker
Willy Walker

Willy Walker is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. With a $32B transaction volume in 2019, Walker & Dunlop is ranked top three with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD.

Eric Yuan

Eric Yuan is the Founder and CEO of Zoom. He founded Zoom in 2011 to deliver happiness and bring teams together in a frictionless video environment. Zoom’s video-first unified communications platform continues to dramatically transform the way leading global enterprises communicate. Under Eric’s leadership, Zoom was one of the highest-performing tech IPOs of 2019. Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was corporate vice president of engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. Eric was one of the founding engineers and vice president of engineering at Webex. Between 1997 and 2011, he grew his team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric has been named one of the Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech by Business Insider. In 2018, he was named the #1 CEO of a large US company by Glassdoor and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California (software category). In 2019, he was added to the Bloomberg 50 as a leader who changed the game in global business. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real-time collaboration.

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