Wayne Chang is a Taiwanese-American entrepreneur, film producer, philanthropist and a supposed angel investor. He was born on 3rd August, 1983. Perhaps, he is best known for founding Crashlytics, a start-up acquired by Twitter in 2013. He also created a file sharing network called i2hub, he also made numerous seed investments in companies including the renowned JetSmarter, Draftkings and Gusto.
Chang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in extremely modest conditions in an agricultural farm in rural Taiwan. At the tender age of 6, he immigrated to the United States but was bumped around in foster care till the age of 16. Despite that, he almost always displayed natural flair for technology. He wrote his first software program on the Apple IIe at age 7. He was also involved with Napster, the first peer-to-peer file sharing program while he was still attending high school in Haverhill, Massachusetts. In 2005, Newsweek profiled Chang for his abilities in technology. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for an undergraduate degree but he eventually dropped out to pursue his start up passions.
Chang has a LinkedIn profile which states that he has worked on projects such as Dropbox, Lancraft, MyAdvantage, TetriNET, Q.U.B.E, Instant Profiler and numerous other ones. In 1999, Chang was a security consultant for AllAdvantage. Following that, in 2002, he was a Director at Pacific Northwest Software. In 2007, he founded Boylston Technology Group. Chang also served on the Board of Directors for non-profit organisation Community Dispute Settlement. In 2011, Chang co-founded Crashlytics, a mobile company building crash reporting for iOS and android with Jeff Seibert. Crashlytics raised $1 million in no time. In April 2012, Crashlytics raised an additional $5 million. Six months later it was announced that Twitter had acquired Crashlytics.
Chang created i2hub in his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. According to Chang, he started i2hub with the idea that college students should have avenues other than the conventional ones to meet each other and exchange ideas and interact. He had started it in February 2003 for a month but shut it down due to its popularity. He was completely blown away by the traffic generated by the website but he reopened it in March 2004, but he was way better prepared for the consequences this time.
Facebook had also launched in February of that year, a month before i2hub. Both the social media platforms were gaining massive attention from the press. But due to legal pressure on November 14, 2005 i2hub was shut down.
Chang also co founded Crashlytics, a mobile company building crash reporting for IOS and Android with Jeff Seibert in 2011. The company made one million dollars from venture capitalists as well as individual angel investors. In April 2012, Crashlytics raised another $5 million from Flybridge Capital Partners and Baseline Ventures. Besides founding multiple startups of his own, Chang has also been involved in dozens of companies in various capacities. These companies include JetSmarter, Gusto and others. Chang is also a Limited Partner in several funds including Baseline Ventures, Weebly, Instagram, Herokuetc.. He also has shares in investments including tumblr, Spotify, Palantir and Hyperloop One.
One of Chang’s all time noteworthy achievements will be the fact when he was at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst he hacked into the computer systems and obtained all the encrypted passwords of everyone on campus. He broke that encryption and the Office of Information Technology declined to press charges if Chang would share and discuss his methods. He was awarded the Boston 40 under 40 by Boston Business Journal, the Most Eligible Bachelor by The Improper Bostonian, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and numerous others.
Chang with his technological brilliance makes it a point to keep his private life, private. He is not married yet and his dating life is also kept under wraps. He has acquired a wealth of $200 million at the age of 30 which is a feat in itself.