Cher Wang

HTC CEO Cher Wang’s journey to success in the male-dominated tech industry is an inspiration to young entrepreneurs


As a co-founder of electronics manufacturing company HTC, Cher Wang was one of the first women to form a tech start-up in the 1990s. HTC found its niche making mobile devices and PDAs for companies like O2, T-Mobile, Orange, and Palm; after it launched its own phone in 2008, it became at one point the leading smartphone vendor in the US, beating Samsung and Apple.

Today, HTC has expanded to the field of IoT and virtual reality, though its VIVE headgear has yet to gain as much traction as rivals Sony and Facebook Oculus. In 2020, Wang was brought back as CEO of HTC in a bid to stem its declining market share. The one-time richest woman in Asia and Taiwan’s most successful female tech entrepreneur is expected to turn HTC’s fortunes around.

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When Cher Wang was attending university at Berkeley, her father YC Wang, the late billionaire founder of Formosa Plastics, would write her 20-page letters giving managerial advice.  

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