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Kai-Fu Lee


Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is a Co-Founder & serves as Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, China at Sinovation Ventures. He serves as Advisor at Yao Capital. Prior to starting Innovation Works, Dr. Lee was a Google Vice President and the President of Google Greater China. During his tenure at Google, Dr. Lee has built-up a 700-person organization and doubled Google China's market share. Google's map, mobile map, mobile search, and translate have all become 1 in the market in 2009. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Lee spent seven years at Microsoft. He also serves as a President at Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute. His last job was Corporate Vice President at Microsoft. His team developed several server products, and key technologies shipped in Office and Windows (such as speech, natural language, and assistance technologies). Before his promotion to VP, he founded Microsoft Research Asia, one of the world's top research labs. MIT Technology Review calls this research lab "the hottest computer science laboratory. From 1996 - 1998, Dr. Lee was Vice President and General Manager at SGI, where his team developed a $200 million line of web servers. He was also the President of Cosmo Software, which developed cross-platform 3D and multimedia software products.Before joining SGI, Dr. Lee spent six years at Apple, where his last position was the Vice President of its Interactive Media Group, one of the pioneering groups in multimedia in the world. This team developed QuickTime, QuickDraw 3D, QuickTime V Rand Plain Talk. From 1988-1990, Dr. Lee was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D thesis was the world's first speaker-independent continuous speech-recognition system. This system was selected as the "Most Important Innovation of 1988" by Business Week. During this period, he also developed an Othello-playing program that won several world-wide championships, and also defeated the human (team) champion. He is the author of five best-selling books in China, and has given speeches to about half a million students in China. Dr. Lee has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the City University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Committee of 100, an elite group of Chinese Americans. He also serves as Advisor at WI Harper Group.

Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)

Kai-Fu Lee Investments (3)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Yongqianbao 30-Mar-2017 Later Stage VC 0000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 000-00 000 00.0
00000 01-Mar-2011 00000 (00000 Application Software Generating Revenue/Not Profitable 000-00 000 00.0
0000000 0000 00000 00.00 Other Financial Services Startup 000-00 000 00.0
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Kai-Fu Lee Exits (1)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
00000 15-Dec-2016 000 00000 Completed
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Kai-Fu Lee Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Kai-Fu Lee Ph.D Angel Investor 00 0 0 Beijing, China