Corporate Governance - Biography
Max Levchin has served on our board of directors as Chairman since July 2004. Mr. Levchin is currently an investor in and adviser to emerging technology companies. Previously, Mr. Levchin was Vice President of Engineering at Google, Inc., an Internet search company, from August 2010 to August 2011. Prior to Google, Mr. Levchin was founder and Chief Executive Officer of Slide, Inc., a developer of social applications such as photo and video self-expression and social games, from January 2005 to August 2010, when it was acquired by Google. Prior to founding Slide, Mr. Levchin was Chief Technology Officer and a director at PayPal from March 2000 to December 2002, when it was acquired by eBay. Mr. Levchin co-founded Confinity Inc., an Internet and electronics company, in December 1998, and served as the Chief Technology Officer and a director through March 2000, when Confinity merged with X.com and became PayPal. Mr. Levchin founded NetMeridian Software, a developer of early palm-top security applications, in January 1996, and served as Chief Executive Officer from January 1996 to December 1998. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1997. Mr. Levchin was selected to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive background and experience in the social media and Internet industry and as a seasoned entrepreneur.