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Qi Lu (computer scientist)

Qi Lu (simplified Chinese: 陆奇; traditional Chinese: 陸奇; pinyin: Lù Qí; born September 3, 1961)[1] is a Chinese software executive and engineer who is the head of Y Combinator China. He was the chief operating officer of Baidu until he stepped down in May 2018. Lu previously was the Executive Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company's work on the Bing search engine, Skype, and Microsoft Office, and before that was a software engineer and manager for Yahoo!'s search technology division.

Qi Lu
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Qi Lu in 2009
Born (1961-09-03) September 3, 1961 (age 57)[1]
Alma materFudan University
(B.S., M.S.)
Carnegie Mellon University
OccupationCEO of Y Combinator China
Known forCEO of Bing

Lu was born in Shanghai, China, and was sent to live with his grandparents in a remote village in Jiangsu Province by his parents during the Cultural Revolution.[citation needed] He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai. After attending a talk by Carnegie Mellon University professor Edmund M. Clarke, Lu was invited to apply for a PhD at Carnegie Mellon University. Clarke even offered to waive the $45 application fee that Lu says he could never have come up with. In 1996, he graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.[2]

Lu worked in one of IBM's research labs from 1996–98, then joined Yahoo! and eventually rose to manage 3,000 engineers and the development of search and search advertising technologies for the company. His departure from Yahoo! in mid-2008 was long-planned, and he was contemplating opportunities in venture capital and even thinking of returning to China. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer personally recruited him to join the software giant. After joining Microsoft, Lu was instrumental in driving the partnership with Yahoo! in search and the launch of Bing.

In January 2017, Lu joined Baidu as Group President and Chief Operating Officer, in charge of products, technology, sales, marketing and operations.[3] On May 18, 2018, Lu stepped down as Chief Operating Officer. [4] In August 2018, Lu joined Y Combinator as the Head of YC Research and to run YC China. [5]


  1. ^ a b "Qi Lu birthday question on email". 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-07-15.
  2. ^ Burrows, Peter (May 28, 2009). "Is Qi Lu Microsoft's Search Engine Savior?". Bloomberg Businessweek.
  3. ^ Russell, Jon. "Former Microsoft executive and noted AI expert Qi Lu joins Baidu as COO". Techcrunch.
  4. ^ Gagliordi, Natalie. "Qi Lu steps down as Baidu COO". ZDNet.
  5. ^ Altman, Sam. "YC China + Qi Lu". YCombinator. Retrieved 14 August 2018.

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