Co-Founder of Geomagic, author of Bend, Not Break, Executive chairman of Gelsight
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About Ping Fu
Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To be a friend and mentor to some of the best-known names in technology. To build some of the coolest new products in the world. To give speeches that inspire huge crowds. To meet and advise the President of the United States.
Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Fu was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the abuse and chaos. At twenty-five, she found her way to the United States; her only resources were $80 in traveler’s checks and a few spoken English words: thank you, hello, and help.
Yet Fu persevered, and the hard-won lessons of her childhood guided her to success in her new homeland. Aided by her well-honed survival instincts, a few good friends, and the kindness of strangers, she grew into someone she never thought she’d be—a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader. A love of problem solving led her to computer science, and Fu became part of the team that created NCSA Mosaic, which became Netscape, the Web browser that forever changed how we access information. She then started a company, Geomagic, that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repairing NASA spaceships. She is now a board member of Live Nation Entertainment, the Long Now Foundation and the Burning Man Project.
Fu’s story is an account of her journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the United States. Her courage in the face of cruelty is unmatched and provides a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.
Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds
Founding Geomagic: Starting and running a company that re-shaped the world
CEO Survival Lessons: Cultivating Resilience
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Women in Technology
Resilience in Life and At Work
The Art and Science of 3D Printing
Growing up in Maoist China
Praise for Ping Fu
Thank you so much for your outstanding keynote address at our annual WPO Conference. Your personal journey and the strategies you used to turn adversity into success were important for all to hear and truly resonated with our members. As you know from the standing ovation that you received and the palpable excitement in the room after, our members’ response to your session has been unanimously positive. All of us at the Women Presidents’ Organization greatly appreciate your support of the WPO. We are very proud to have had your participation in our 2014 Conference and thank you for your tremendous contribution to our organization and to the women’s business community.— Women Presidents’ Organization Conference
Ping was wonderful – she was received very favorably by the audience and interacted well with the other speakers, organizers and attendees alike. She really is a lovely person and I’m delighted to say that she stayed at the event for the whole of the first day and was even seen dancing into the evening. It was our privilege to have her attend.— Wired for Wonder Annual Conference
Books by Ping Fu
Media About Ping Fu
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Bend, Not Break
“I could not put this book down. From surviving the insanity of China’s Cultural Revolution to the cutthroat antics of hi-tech venture capitalism, from low-life outcast to billionaire dealer—it’s amazing to believe this all happened in one person’s life. The lessons Ping Fu has so artfully accumulated are inspiring, heartening, educating, and entertaining.” – Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, Wired