When I was almost forty years old, I woke up from my sleep once, and I was thinking, I once wanted to start a great company and do some great things. When I was forty years old, I felt like I was Nothing can be achieved.
Lei Jun, the founder of Xiaomi, chairman and CEO of Xiaomi Group, was a guest in CCTV’s”Interview with Lu Jian”, when he suddenly said this, the Internet became a hot topic for a while.
The host Lu Jian then teased him:”With a large amount of cash in hand, he feels that he has done nothing.”
This is incomprehensible to ordinary people, everyone will I think you’re a bit’pretending’, so I was scolded badly when I said this. Everyone thinks that you pretend, in fact, it is not. It mainly depends on what your pursuit is.
Lei Jun, what did you do before the age of 40?
The story of a book, the beginning of 1 million
In 1969, Lei Jun was born in Xiantao, Hubei .
In 1987, with a score higher than the admission score of Tsinghua University, I chose the Department of Computer Science at Wuhan University . There are divergent opinions as to why Tsinghua University was not chosen but Wuhan University.
Lei Jun also did not come out to explain this matter personally. But no matter where he is, he always focuses on learning.
Freshman, Lei Jun saw a book”Fire of Silicon Valley” in the library , The passion was completely ignited. He was attracted by the Steve Jobs legend, and at the same time planted a seed in his heart:To build a world-class company.
During this period, Lei Jun wrote the PASCAL program and entered In the sophomore year, this program was printed on textbooks and became teaching materials.
In August 1989, the sophomore summer vacation, Lei Jun and Wang Quanguo co-authored his first official work BITLOK encryption software. This product won the first prize of Hubei Province University Student Science and Technology Achievement Award. Mainly used to protect the intellectual property rights of the software.
According to Wang Quanguo’s recent memory, after writing BITLOK 0.99, he gave me 50 yuan for overtime from the company. Counting it all up, this is the first money I made when writing BITLOK. Unexpectedly, afterwards, BITLOK sold well, and we actually made millions of dollars. This is the first pot of gold I have earned in my life.
This year, Lei Jun published “Principle and Design of Computer Virus Determination Expert System”, and completed all university courses 2 years in advance and came to the local electronic street.
The above is an excerpt from 1990.
In the 20 years since Wuhan University got the full score of”Assembly Language Programming”, there are only two people, Lei Jun is one of them. This is a story inspired by a book, and 1 million is just the beginning…
Life is not only about success, even if You worked hard
1 million, how much is equivalent to now? 10 million? 100 million? If you have so much money, will you survive forever?
I believe many people’s answer is yes, but when you have it, the answer becomes to continue to toss.
With the first pot of gold and”experience”, Lei Jun’s enterprise big dream Still advancing in beautiful vision.
Tricolor was established.
Lei Jun is just a student, calling friends and friends to recruit a large number of elites to join his team. The initial products made Lei Jun’s team profitable, but with the emergence of”cottages” and high imitations in large quantities, the market share has shrunk sharply.
The tricolors that need to survive, and can’t get new products for a long time, the interior has begun to mess up.
Inconsistent planning, direction Unclear and differing opinions on financing. Although Lei Jun tried his best to save, Sanse was so vulnerable in front of the four leaders and fell.
That year, I lost my ideals
After graduating from university, Lei Jun did not pick up the iron rice bowl .
He carried his bag to Zhongguancun and met his first nobleman at the exhibition:Qiu Bo Jun.
The Qiu Bojun standing in the middle, with a woolen coat, walked in a hurry, and Lei Jun, who had just left the school gate, suddenly felt a little envious. It turns out that programmers can also be so smart.
So he joined Jinshan. He didn’t even talk about salary or stocks.
The first time I saw Qiu Bojun at an exhibition. At that time, he was wearing a woolen coat and walking with wind, like a star on the stage. At that moment, I felt The programmers of Jinshan are really awesome. After I joined Jinshan, I was a little disappointed, because there were only 5 people, and I was the 6th person, and I felt a little bit fooled. But I was definitely moved by the image of a successful programmer. After joining, I remembered that Qiu Zong didn’t tell me how much salary and stock he took.
1994 was a turning point for Jinshan.
That year, Founder ate Hong Kong Jinshan, Zhang Xuanlong (founder of Jinshan) The software in the business was listed separately and the establishment of a new Jinshan company also gave Qiu Bojun half of the equity.
Qiu Bojun and Lei Jun, who let go of their hands and feet, began to move.
Lei Jun established the Jinshan Development Department in Beijing, Responsible for the technical support of WPS Hanka, convening more than 20 top program masters.
The opponent at that time was:Microsoft.
All Jinshan developed a product:Pangu components.
But, I was confused.
Microsoft started to act, the outside continued to strangle, and the inside began to split them.
The annual salary of 750,000 US dollars, Qiu Bojun did not move.
The Golden Mountain is in full swing, with only a few people left.
Lei Jun also loosened:
That year, I lost my ideals. For a young man, it is the most depressing thing.
Qiu Bojun gave him a half-year holiday. He went around”jumping up”, wanting to forget all this, and didn’t want to think about anything. But Qiu Bojun vented himself on BBS.
After the mood is adjusted, Qiu Bojun intends to take a safe route and continue to develop the new version of WPS. The villa is sold, and the salary is owed first. Lei Jun, who specializes in technology, took the remaining employees to develop WPS97 day and night.
In 1997, Kingsoft’s new version of WPS97 came out, again challenging Microsoft. The battle between WPS and Word has continued to the present. Without seeking Bojun’s”coquettish”, staying and unsolving, and selling iron; Without Lei Jun’s self-persistence, perhaps there would be no future life.
Without persistence, opportunities will be much less.
He is enviable and more worth learning
In 1998, he served as the general manager of Jinshan Company; 2000 At the end of the year, after the shareholding reorganization of Kingsoft, he became the president of Beijing Kingsoft Co., Ltd.
Since 2004, he has tried venture capital and successively invested in Lakala, UC, Vancl and other companies, becoming one of the most famous venture capitalists in China;
In 2010, he decided to start a new venture and founded Xiaomi.
Xiaomi has invested in about 160 companies; Shunwei Capital has invested in about 270 companies; Lei Jun has invested in about 33 personal angel investors, with a total of about 460 projects invested.
Lei Jun entered Jinshan and worked until he was 38 years old. He stayed in Jinshan for 16 years.
This may not be what he wanted. He said:Before I was 40, I didn’t accomplish anything! And, I prefer to understand it as:Before the age of 40, I did not accomplish one thing.
This thing is to start a world-class company by yourself.
In 2018, Xiaomi went public.
Of course this is not enough to prove that he has established a world-class enterprise.
As of March 2018, the average time of using Xiaomi mobile phones per day is about 4.5 hours. MIUI monthly active users exceed 190 million. Indicators such as scale, activity, and duration of use have all reached the level of world-class Internet companies. In addition, Xiaomi has invested or incubated more than 210 companies, including more than 90 companies that focus on the development of smart hardware, and the Xiaomi ecosystem has become quite large.
Lei Jun, there are many more stories before the age of 40.
Loss:refused to give Ma Yun, Ma Huateng investment ; Rejected Zhang Xiaolong’s Foxmail team (WeChat); jointly raised 100 million US dollars for Vancl, which was a waste…
Yes:2 million investmentUCweb; 500,000 U.S. dollars to invest in Lakala; 1 million U.S. dollars to invest in the age of joy.. ….
The hardships of starting a business are self-evident. Only when you do it yourself can you fully understand it. Entrepreneurship also requires passion. Only with passion can you not give up easily when facing difficulties and setbacks.
I have heard a lot of truths, but still have a bad life. It’s not that the truths are useless, but that these “reasons” are useless, or we don’t use.
If Lei Jun doesn’t always want In this matter, perhaps he had already slackened, and he did not have so many things afterwards. This is his pursuit, and it is also the source of motivation for not letting himself stop.