Harry Shum Becomes Chairman Of The Board At News Break

By Dan Anderson ● May 29, 2020
  • Intelligent local news platform News Break announced it has appointed Harry Shum to the chairman of the board

Intelligent local news platform News Break announced it has appointed Harry Shum to the chairman of the board. Dr. Shum is a world-renowned scientist and educator in computer science and artificial intelligence. And he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in the United States and the Royal Academy of Engineering in the U.K.

“We are thrilled Harry is joining News Break’s board as Chairman,” said Jeff Zheng, Founder and CEO at News Break, an ex-Yahoo executive and serial entrepreneur. “Harry and I both recognize that while people think globally, they live their lives locally. As one of the brightest minds in the technology industry, Harry brings a wealth of technical leadership and business savvy to the company that we will leverage to grow News Break into the world’s No. 1 Intelligent Local News Platform.”

Previously, Dr. Shum served as Executive Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Research at Microsoft where he was responsible for driving the company’s overall artificial intelligence strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, and apps and agents like Bing, Xiaoice, and Cortana.

“By creating an intelligent news platform centered around local communities, News Break is transforming how news and information is published and shared and further bringing people and communities together,” added Harry Shum, “I’m excited not just about their achievements but also the great potential News Break represents.”

Launched in 2015 with Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang as Chief Advisor, News Break is known as the world’s first Intelligent Local News Platform. The app saves people time by focusing on always-relevant, hyper-local news, and information that improves their daily lives. 

News Break launched its iOS and Android apps in 2016. And now News Break boasts 10 million daily active users (DAU), 23 million monthly users, and a growing network of over 10,000 content providers, covering 20,000+ local communities throughout the U.S.