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Occupation  CEO of Hearsay Social
Spouse  Daniel Chao
Role  Businesswoman
Name  Clara Shih

Full Name  Clara Chung-wai Shih
Born  January 11, 1982 (age 33) (1982-01-11) Hong Kong
Residence  San Francisco, California, United States
Books  The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate
Alma mater  Stanford University, University of Oxford
Similar People  Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, David Drummond, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt

Board member of  Starbucks, Ad Council

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Clara Chung-wai Shih (born January 11, 1982) is an American businesswoman. She is the CEO and co-founder of Hearsay Social.


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Early life and education

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Shih was born in Hong Kong to a father who was a math professor in Hong Kong and later became an electrical engineer in the United States, and a mother who was an art teacher and a special-education teacher. Shih and her family emigrated to the United States when she was 4, and she grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In elementary school, she was initially placed in special classes for kids with speech impediments because the school did not have a program in English as a second language. In eighth grade, she scored a 1420 on the SAT out of 1600.

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She attended Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, where she became captain of the women's varsity tennis team, concert mistress in the orchestra, editor of the student newspaper, captain of the debate team, and a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. She gave English lessons to immigrants. At 15, she was a computer programmer at Fermilab. Shih was named the Presidential Scholar and graduated in 2000.

Shih attended Stanford University, and co-founded the Stanford engineering public service center. She was the president of the campus chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, officer in the Stanford Society of Women Engineers, and was elected to Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. In addition to her extracurricular activities, Shih founded Camp Amelia Technology Literacy Group, a nonprofit organization that creates software aimed at improving basic education in underserved communities in the United States and developing countries. She was named a Microsoft Women's Scholar and became an intern at Microsoft, where she developed the RSS news aggregator for Outlook. In her spare time, Shih volunteered in East Palo Alto, California and taught low-income elementary students to become interested in math, science and technology. She was also named a Mayfield Fellow in her senior year, a Merage Foundation for the American Dream Fellow, a Google Anita Borg Scholar, a Microsoft Women's Scholar, and a Society of Women Engineers Scholar. In 2002, Shih did field research for her honors thesis while attending Beijing Foreign Studies University. Shih majored in economics and computer science; she graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford in 2005. She was an intern at Microsoft.

In 2005, Shih was awarded the Marshall Scholarship and attended University of Oxford. She received a master's degree in Internet studies from the University of Oxford Internet Institute.


After graduating from Oxford, Shih stayed in England and worked in corporate strategy at Google. Shih joined in 2006 as a founding product marketer on the AppExchange. As a side project, she built a business application on Facebook, known as "Faceforce". The application turned out to be successful, and Shih recruited her old classmate, Steve Garrity, from Microsoft to develop Hearsay Social.

Shih has served as the chief executive officer and co-founder of Hearsay Social since 2009. In December 2011, she was also elected to the Starbucks board of directors, replacing Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Shih has received several awards for her achievements, including recognition as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, the Fortune 40 Under 40 (2012), and the Ad Age 40 Under 40 (2012).

Personal life

Shih is currently married to health-tech entrepreneur Daniel Chao. They live in San Francisco, California.

Published works

  • Shih, Clara (2009). The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff. Prentice Hall. 
  • Shih, Clara (2016). The Social Business Imperative: Adapting Your Business Model to the Always-Connected Customer. Prentice Hall. 
  • References

    Clara Shih Wikipedia