Kai-fu Lee

  • Sinovation Ventures’ Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is betting big on artificial intelligence

    Sinovation Ventures’ Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is betting big on artificial intelligence

    Given that Sinovation Ventures founder Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has around 50 million followers on Chinese social networks, he has become an oracle when it comes to predicting the future of tech in China. Kai-Fu Lee talked about the most important trends in Chinese startups at TechCrunch Beijing 2016. Sinovation Ventures recently raised the equivalent of $675 million in total across a Chinese and an… Read More

  • Top Videos From TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing (TCTV)

    Top Videos From TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing (TCTV)

    The sun has set on our first ever TechCrunch Disrupt conference outside U.S. soil. The Beijing event ended this past Tuesday, as OrderWithMe won the Disrupt Cup. With the 12 to 15 hour time difference between the U.S. and China, watching it live wasn’t the easiest option. We produced more than 60 videos. But here’s a look at some of the highlights you might have missed: Read More

  • Impressive List Of U.S. Investors Drops $180 Million Into Chinese Startup Incubator

    Impressive List Of U.S. Investors Drops $180 Million Into Chinese Startup Incubator

    Kai-Fu Lee has a fairly unique perspective on the tech industry, having spent years in high roles at Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Lee spent six years as VP of Apple’s Interactive Media Group, before moving on to be chosen as the guy to forge first Microsoft’s and then Google’s inroads into China. Then, in mid-2009, Lee left Google (where the former professor and computer… Read More

  • Is Google’s Mobile Loss in China Kai-fu Lee’s Gain?

    Is Google’s Mobile Loss in China Kai-fu Lee’s Gain?

    Former head of Google China, Kai-fu Lee, insists—insists—that he is not happy that Google imploded its business in China. “Seeing the work that I put in, how could I be happy to see that?” he says. In fact, in a press release all about his incubator’s companies being built on top of Android he doesn’t use the G-word once. “Given the pull out… Read More

  • What Has Kai-fu Lee Done Since October?

    I visited Kai-fu Lee’s Innovation Works while I was in Beijing last week to see how things are going. When I last visited the ex-Google China CEO’s incubator, it was little more than empty, expensive office space. (Next to Google…prime poaching?) Now, the offices are teeming with more than 100 people, most of whom are clustered in a nine very early-stage startups. Most of them… Read More