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Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
As president of Google China, author Kai-Fu Lee hired 700 to compete against 7,000-person Baidu, China's largest search engine. Google China's market share rose from 16.1% to reach 35%. Lee resigned 9/2009, turningdown a generous offer for another four years to start his own venture capital firm (Innovation Works) to help young Chinese start their own business. Previously he'd started Microsoft Research China. In 1990 he'd given up a tenure-track assistant professorposition at Carnegie Mellon to develop new products for Apple.
The plan was to prototype around 20 new ideas and spin off about five independent companies. Lee received over 7,000 resumes his first day, compared with the 3,000 his first day at Google China and the 1,000 at thebeginning of Microsoft Research Asia.
His mother had fled from a Japanese-occupied area of China to Beijing (still under Chinese rule) to get a Chinese education. She was the youngest - most of her peers were over 15. At age 19, she met Ya-Ching at a1938 seminar designed for future teachers. There he was giving a patriotic speech sponsored by the Chinese Nationalist government. He was 10 years older, a legislator, and had earned a B.A. in economics while studying in Japan. After 1949 he had to flee toTaiwan, leaving her and the daughters behind. A year later she followed him, via Hong Kong, and became a P.E. teacher.
Eventually Lee's focus shifted away from math to computer-programming and its use for speech recognition. Then creating programs using statistics to play a simplified version of 'Go,' and then using statistics toachieve speaker-independent, large-vocabulary continuous speech recognition. After two years he'd reached 40% recognition, then 87% after another year, and finally 96% in 1988. Lee was 26, and BusinessWeek selected his system as the most important scientificinvention of the year.
Kai-Fu has accomplished much in life, but the book doesn't provide any useful tidbits.
From what I understand, this book was originally written for the Chinese market and to young people in particular. While the first few chapters seem to be directed at a younger audience, the authors experience at Apple and SGI in the late 80's and 90's was interesting. The enthusiasm he brought to setting up Microsoft Research in China is exciting and his stories of Redmond and the subsequent lawsuit with Microsoft ring true.
Unfortunately, the book was not translated by a native English speaker and there are some embarrasing misspellings (Pepsy) and some anecdotes that might be appropriate for a younger chinese audience but not to an american high tech audience.