Hi, I live in San Francisco and spend my time thinking about software and science. In the past, I studied Computer Science at the University of Maryland and wrote software at Neeva, Airbnb AI Labs, Pinterest and Microsoft. During university, I created a class on reinforcement learning and helped direct Bitcamp.

Today, I work on the investment team at 8VC to build and invest in software ideas. I like to read (usually fiction), perform improv, play tennis, and backpack.

If you’d like to get in touch, my email is my first name (@) kevchn.com.


Building a Real-Time Anomaly Detection System at Pinterest*
Kevin Chen, Brian Overstreet
Blog Post

*Pinterest’s most read blog post in 2019!


QuagmiR: A Cloud-based Application for IsomiR Big Data Analytics
Xavier B. Ros, Kevin Chen, Susanna Chen, Nikola Tesic, Dusan Randjelovic, Nikola Skundric, Svetozar Nesic, Vojislav Varjacic, Elizabeth Williams, Raunaq Malhotra, Minjie Jiang, Shuo Gu.
Bioinformatics (2018)
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Cytoplasmic Drosha Activity Generated by Alternative Splicing
Lisheng Dai, Kevin Chen, Brenda Youngren, Julia Kulina, Acong Yang, Zhengyu Guo, Jin Li, Peng Yu, Shuo Gu.
Nucleic Acids Research (2016)