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Li Zhifei

Li Zhifei

Li Zhifei

Founder and CEO of Mobvoi

Ex-Googler Li Zhifei ("Watch Bro") is founder and CEO of advanced voice recognition tech startup Mobvoi, producer of the bestselling TicWatch smartwatch. After graduating from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Li worked at MobileSoft on WAP and Bluetooth-related projects from 1999-2002. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. At JHU, he built Joshua, an open-source software for machine translation. Li joined Google in 2010, where he helped create Google's mobile offline translation system. Inspired by the launch and success of Siri released in 2012, he left Google and returned to China to found Mobvoi end-2012.   

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China / Beijing, China

Series D 04/2017
Series D 04/2017

Mobvoi

Series D 04/2017

China / Beijing, China

Google-backed Mobvoi’s TicWatch series became the No. 1 seller in the smartwatch category three months after being launched on Amazon.

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