Kai-fu Lee

Kai-fu Lee is a Chinese venture capitalist and popular microblogger best known for his role as founding president of Google China. He has also held high-technology executive positions at Apple, SGI and Microsoft. Born on December 3, 1961, Lee went on to create the world's first speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system as his Ph.D. thesis at Carnegie Mellon. In 2009 he co-founded Innovation Works, a venture capital fund for Chinese internet start-ups.

Ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu dismisses rumours of his demise

Lee Kai-fu at his Beijing office last year. Photo: Simon Song

After Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu has become the latest celebrity to be rumoured dead on China's viral online community in hearsay that misled thousands.

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 7:04am 1 comment

Party publication sets sights on ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu

Lee Kai-Fu. Photo: Simon Song

A Communist Party propaganda magazine has posted an op-ed online questioning the claim by one of the country's most widely followed weibo commentators - former Google China chief Lee Kai-fu - that he has cancer.

The commentary, which was posted on Dangjian magazine's website this week, comes amid a crackdown on internet speech.

12 Oct 2013 - 3:10am 6 comments

I hope to win battle against cancer soon, says ex-Google China chief Lee Kai-fu

Lee Kai-Fu is receiving cancer treatment. Photo: Simon Song

The 51-year-old former president of Google China was in stable condition after being diagnosed with lymphoma, said Wang Zhaohui, co-founder of Innovation Works, a Beijing-based business incubator and venture capital fund for internet start-ups. Lee had about 20 tumours, mainly in his abdomen area, Wang said.

12 Sep 2013 - 9:08am 1 comment

Ex-Google China chief Kai-fu Lee thanks online supporters after cancer diagnosis

Kai-fu Lee in Beijing earlier this year. Lee said news of the cancer came as a “surprise”, but one he should “face calmly”. Photo: Simon Song

Kai-fu Lee, founder of Innovation Works and one of China’s most influential social critics, is fighting cancer.

The 51-year-old former president of Google China issued a statement on Friday thanking his more than 51 million followers  after revealing he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.

7 Sep 2013 - 3:17am 2 comments

'Boss, it's April Fool's Day': Reactions as Apple apologises

Reactions to Apple's apology were mixed. (Photo: SCMP Pictures)

Apple China: “Boss, we’ve drafted the apology letter; can you please sign it off?” Apple HQ: “Our after-sales service in China is great, we will not apologise!” Apple China: “Boss, we have been telling you for 15 days, we are a little bit wrong.” Apple HQ: "Fixing a small problem is enough, let’s just say we regret, but we cannot apologise!"

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Critique lands Kai-Fu Lee in trouble

Outspoken Internet icon and former Google China executive Kai-Fu Lee. Photo: AP

This latest brouhaha highlights the risk that people who do business in China face when they speak too candidly in public forums about major official organisations like the People's Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party

20 Feb 2013 - 9:35am

Former Google China chief banned from microblogging sites

Kai-Fu Lee

Former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee says he was temporarily banned from posting items on two of the mainland's most popular microblogging platforms. Without saying why he was banned, Lee posted a message on Twitter on Sunday saying: "I am silenced on Sina and Tencent [microblogs] for three days, so everyone can find me here."

19 Feb 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment

Who said it?

Lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah

The government is under-spending, and I can't see any other government in the world with this kind of luxury

Lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah on the government's huge fiscal reserves


The Communist Party should be able to put up with sharp criticism

19 Feb 2013 - 7:49am