Born: Beijing, China
Education: Bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University in China; also attended Stanford University
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I have ever received has come from a variety of sources throughout my life and career, but it boils down to one thing: Success comes from clarity of focus.
What was your first job ever as a child?
As a child, I had a fascination with all things electronic. My hobby was repairing radios, TVs and VCRs, which I turned into a job in my high school and college years. I had a small business fixing electronic devices around the neighborhood and later led a team in college, trading and fixing electronic gadgets.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be two things: To turn my electronic assembly/disassembly hobby into a business and to become a professional volleyball player. At 6’6”, I was quite good at volleyball and trained at a top sports school from the time I was 9 years old to about age 17. While good enough to join the Chinese National League, I decided instead to attend college at my parent’s insistence that I get a college degree.
What’s your favorite board game and why?
My favorite game is called Go, a strategic board game for two players that is popular in China, Japan and Korea. Go originated in China, where it has been played for more than 2,500 years. The object of the game is to strategically maneuver black and white stones on the game board in order to control a larger portion of the board than the opponent. I like Go for its strategic nature, as players balance defensive and offensive positions to defend and gain territory — and it offers good mental exercise and lessons for winning in business. It’s easy to play the game but very difficult to be good.