He Xiaopeng

He Xiaopeng (Chinese: 何小鹏; pinyin: Hé Xiǎopéng; born 3 November 1977) is a Chinese entrepreneur, best known for co-founding companies including Xpeng Motors, an intelligent electric vehicle manufacturer, and UCWeb Inc.,[3] the Chinese mobile Internet software and service provider he co-founded in 2004. UCWeb was acquired by Alibaba Group in June 2014 in the largest M&A deal ever in Chinese internet industry.[4][5] After acquisition, he was named as president of UCWeb and president of the Alibaba Mobile Business Group, and later served as the president of Tudou & Ali Games.

He Xiaopeng
何小鹏 / Hé Xiǎopéng
He Xiaopeng during a public event.png
Born (1977-11-03) 3 November 1977 (age 43)
NationalityChinese
Alma materSouth China University of Technology
OccupationChairman of Xpeng Motors[1]
Known forCo-founding UCWeb and XPENG Motors
Net worth$3.8 billion (2020)[2]

On August 22, 2017, Xiaopeng left Alibaba and officially joined Xpeng Motors on August 29 as Chairman of the startup.[6][1]

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Huangshi, Hubei, where he spent his childhood. He graduated from the South China University of Technology[7] with a bachelor degree in Computer Science.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

He worked at AsiaInfo Technologies in various roles including technology manager, testing manager and project manager after graduation in his early career.

UCWeb: 2004-2017Edit

He co-founded UCWeb with Liang Jie in 2004 overseeing the company product strategy and R&D efforts. In June 2014, UCWeb was acquired by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group for $4,3 billion making He Xiaopeng a billionaire. From 2014 to August 2017, Xiaopeng served as senior executive of Alibaba Mobile Business Division.[8] On August 22, 2017, Xiaopeng officially announced his resignation from all his positions in Alibaba to start a new adventure and lead startup XPENG Motors.[9]

Xpeng Motors: 2017-presentEdit

 
XPENG G3

In 2014, He Xiaopeng supported Henry Xia and He Tao in the foundation of Xpeng Motors, an electric self-driving vehicle automobile company.[10][11] The company received initial investments from Li Xueling, Fu Sheng, Wu Xiaoguang, Zhang Ying, and other investors to work on autonomous driving engineering and machine learning.[12] Xpeng's stated goal was to manufacture networked cars in China with capabilities like electrification, intelligence, networking and autonomous driving.[13] In September 2016, Xpeng Motors released the beta version of its prototype G3 intelligent electric mini-SUV in Beijing. The car received positive reviews for its design, performance and technology.[14][15] He became full-time Chairman of Xpeng in August 2017.

Xpeng Motors currently manufactures its G3 intelligent electric SUV in China, and distributes and supports its vehicles through a chain of retail and service centers across the country. The company's P7 intelligent electric sports coupe model is scheduled to come to market in the spring of 2020.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "XPENG Motors Completes Three Series A+ Financing Rounds". FinSMEs. 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  2. ^ https://www.forbes.com/profile/he-xiaopeng/#60453fff7977
  3. ^ company profile, BusinessWeek
  4. ^ Alibaba to buy out UCWeb in China's biggest internet merger, Reuters, June 11, 2014
  5. ^ Alibaba Fully Buys Out UCWeb in China's Biggest Internet Deal Ever, Forbes magazine, June 11, 2014
  6. ^ "Alibaba invests in Xpeng Motors". Gasgoo. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  7. ^ 网络光芒——中国互联网的力量与信心 [Network Superstars: The Power and Confidence Behind the Chinese Internet] (in Chinese). DynoMedia Inc. 2010. pp. 92–95. ISBN 978-7-111-28770-4.
  8. ^ Shumin, Liao. "Alibaba's Investment in XPENG Underscores BAT's NEV Race". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  9. ^ "Ali entered the new car BAT Xiaopeng investment field repairer". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Chinese electric car startup Xiaopeng raises $350 million from Alibaba and Foxconn". Techstartups.com. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  12. ^ "He Xiaopeng: the car repairer is Xiaopeng either cross or filled crater | waonews". www.waonews.com. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  13. ^ "Alibaba-Backed He Xiaopeng Bets Entire Fortune On Another "Tesla Killer" | CleanTechnica". cleantechnica.com. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  14. ^ "China's e-car players are plugged in and ready to go". Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  15. ^ "CES 2018: XPeng G3 takes on Tesla - Car Design News". Retrieved 2018-03-06.