When I called Eugene Wei in June 2007 to ask him to join me as a summer intern on this adventure once referred to as “NewCo,” I knew he would be a great builder for our team. That internship turned into a nearly four-year career and, along the way, Eugene’s influence has permeated the nooks and crannies of Hulu, from the look and feel of the site to the customer-obsessed ethos that is as natural as oxygen here at Hulu.
Eugene is a builder, and similar to other builders, he has always had an overabundance of interests and not enough time to pursue all of them. Not surprisingly, Eugene’s next move is to build a company of his own. While it is hard for all of us to see a friend and colleague leave, we take pride in the accomplishments a builder like Eugene has achieved. In his time with Hulu, Eugene has been a central force in growing the product and developer team from five builders to 145 across Santa Monica, Seattle, and Beijing. And that hard work is enabling us to welcome more than 150 new builders across the company this year alone.
On behalf of the entire Hulu team, thank you, Eugene, for the amazing foundation you helped to build here at Hulu. Your work and your teams will delight so many people in the years to come.