Yu Pan
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Occupation(s)Engineer, Entrepreneur
Known forCo-founder of PayPal[3] and the very first employee of YouTube

Yu Pan is an engineer and entrepreneur mentioned in one source as one of the original six people who started PayPal[4][5] and the first employee at YouTube,[6] as an early software engineer.[7][8][9] He is a former Google employee and also a co-founder of Kiwi Crate, Inc.[10][11]

Pan received a BS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[12] In 2007, Pan gained an Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Alumni Award, and he is listed as a notable alumnus alongside technology entrepreneurs Steve Chen, Ramez Naam, Russel Simmons, and Sam Yagan.[13]

Pan currently works as an R&D Engineer at Origin Protocol.[14]


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  2. ^ Peter Thiel, The paradox of founders: outsiders who become insiders, Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 01:30, accessed 7/09/2010
  3. ^ IMSA Award site - IMSA Award site lists Yu Pan as a cofounder of PayPal
  4. ^ Levchin, Max. "PayPal Slideshow". Levchin. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. ^ Thiel, Peter; Masters, Blake (16 September 2014). Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future. Random House. ISBN 9780753550304. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  6. ^ "2007 IMSA Board of Trustees Alumni Award Recipients". Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy IMSA Alumni Association. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  7. ^ Clark, Andrew (8 February 2007). "YouTube millionaires: from wealthy backers to receptionist". Guardian News and Media Limited. The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  8. ^ Finley, Klint; Metz, Cade (31 May 2013). "Hogwarts for Hackers: Inside the Science and Tech School of Tomorrow". Conde Nast. Wired. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  9. ^ Marshall, Matt (8 February 2007). "YouTube spoils made official, co-founders did well". Venture Beat. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  10. ^ Yu Pan, Co-Founder, Kiwi Crate, Inc. - This Bloomberg Business page presents Yu Pan as a former Google employee and a cofounder of PayPal.
  11. ^ Liu, Matthew (2019-08-26). "PayPal Co-Founder and First YouTube Engineer Joins Origin: Welcome Yu Pan". Medium. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
  12. ^ "IMSA Board of Trustees Alumni Awards". IMSA Alumni Association. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  13. ^ "IMSA Board of Trustees Alumni Awards". Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. IMSA. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  14. ^ Ankney, Leslie. "Why These Innovators Left Facebook, Google And More For Crypto". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-02-06.