Asia Society Northern California honored YouTube co-founder Steven Chen, venture capitalist Dr. Naren Gupta, and the SF Heb B Free campaign at its eighth annual gala on May 5, 2011. Steven Chen co-founded YouTube in 2005. As the company’s key technologist, Chen developed YouTube’s massive data centers. Dr. Naren Gupta launched Nexus Venture Partners in 2006 with investments in innovative companies that serve both the Indian and global markets. The SF Hep B Free campaign put San Francisco in the nation’s forefront in the fight against Hepatitis B, a disease that disproportionately affects Asian Pacific Islanders.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee served as the keynote speaker at the sold-out event, attended by over 400 leaders in business, academia and the diplomatic community. Proceeds help fund programs that promote increased public understanding of Asia and U.S.-Asia relationships.