Back to Mobile View
Subscribe to the CrunchBase Daily for the latest on Fundings, Acquisitions, and Startup Events

General Information


Columbia University, BS 1983
Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University, PhD 1988
Computer Science
City University of Hong Kong, Doctorate

Former Companies

Corporate Vice President
ice President, Interactive Media Group
Show All Former Companies

Financial Organizations

Web Presences


Photo Credit


Kai-Fu Lee

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Founder of Innovation Works. He served as Vice President, Engineering of Google Inc., and President of its Chinese Operations since July 2005.

He is widely known for his pioneering work in the areas of speech recognition and artificial intelligence. Dr. Lee joined Google from Microsoft, where he most recently held the position of Corporate Vice President, after founding Microsoft Research China in 1998.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Lee was a Vice President and General Manager at Silicon Graphics Inc., responsible for Internet and multimedia software.

Dr. Lee also spent six years at Apple, serving as Vice President of Apple’s interactive media group, and before that was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board at WI Harper Group which he joined on October 1, 2009.

In addition, from 1988 to 1990 he was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he developed the world’s first speaker-independent continuous speech-recognition system.

Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Computer Science with highest honors from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Recent Milestones



    Impressive List Of U.S. Investors Drops $180 Million Into Chinese Startup Incubator ( [edit]
Edit This Page
Last Edited 4/9/14

Revision History RSS Picture


Share this page on Twitter or Facebook:
Or copy this code to embed a widget: customize ยป

TechCrunch Posts TechCrunch Logo Small Picture

Techmeme Posts Techmeme Logo Small Picture

External Links

CrunchBase API


Become a Sponsor
Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Licensing Policy