Lu Qi: Before Baidu and Y Combinator, there was Bing

The AI legend was also an impoverished child, whose ambition was to become a shipyard worker

In August 2018, Lu Qi joined Y Combinator – the US incubator that helped create Dropbox, Stripe, Airbnb and Reddit – to lead its newly established China arm as Founding CEO.
Lu most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at Baidu to “help realize [the company’s] visionary AI strategy.” The Chinese tech giant’s share price rose nearly 60% during the 15-odd months Lu was there. His unexpected departure in May 2018 sparked a 15% drop in Baidu's stock price within two trading days, or a US$14.7 billion decline in its market value.
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