Dr. Lee Going From Zero To 50 Recruits

    September 22, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Now that Kai-Fu Lee can begin working for Google in China, his first task will be to bring fifty new engineers on board.

Kai-Fu Lee, scientist. A man miserably employed. Gentlemen, we can hire him. We have the attorney’s fees. We have the capability to build Google’s first lab in mainland China. Kai-Fu Lee will be that leader. Better than he was before. Better, smarter, richer.

He’s the $10 Million Dollar Man. Formerly a Microsoft executive, preeminent speech recognition expert Dr. Lee will take up his duties on behalf of new employer Google, Xinhua reports.

Those duties will entail identifying and recruiting fifty bright, creative computer engineers to help fill out Google’s staffing in mainland China. Dr. Lee’s previous employer, Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, will look for 100 to 150 recruits. Dr. Lee founded that lab in 1998.

“We are here not to steal talent from other companies, but train local people,” he said to Xinhua. Google will either establish its center in Beijing or Shanghai. Google already has a Shanghai office, out of which it has coordinated advertising deals with local firms.

Dr. Lee enjoys great popularity in his homeland. Speaking of his recruits, he promised to personally lead them and “make them into top-class computer scientists.” While many of those recruits will be college graduates, he may have to recruit existing talent from other firms.

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