Bend, Not Break by Ping Fu depicts one woman's journey from China's work camps to top CEO. Born on the eve of China's Cultural Revolution, she was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the vindictive teenagers of Mao's Red Guard. At twenty-five she escaped to the United States; her only resources were $80 in traveller's checks and three phrases of English: Thank you, hello, and help. Yet Ping persevered. Within a year she had completed her English qualifications and started studying computer programming, rising to run the team behind Netscape. She then founded Geomagic, a company that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repairing NASA spaceships. Bend, Not Break tells the incredible personal story of a journey from imprisonment to freedom, from Mao's China to technology start-ups. It is a tribute to one woman's courage in the face of cruelty, and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience. "Few people embody optimism like Ping Fu. She shows us how the human spirit can endure amazing hardship to with find happiness, joy, and astounding success". (Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why). "This is an utterly unique memoir, a fascinating look at one woman's journey from a difficult childhood in Mao's China to the top of the American tech world". (Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com; author of Delivering Happiness). Ping Fu is the founder and CEO of Geomagic, a 3D digital reality solution company. She earned an MS in computer science at the University of Illinois and worked at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and AT&T Bell labs. She is a member of President Obama's National Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a board member of Long Now Foundation. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Extraordinary, moving, captivating The Times She tells her story with intelligence, verve and a candour that is often heart-rending. Wall Street Journal I could not put this book down - it's amazing to believe this all happened in one person's life. The lessons Ping Fu has so artfully accumulated are inspiring, heartening, educating, and entertaining. -- Kevin Kelly of Wired; author of What Technology Wants Her odyssey from the old world to the new - from the bleakest totalitarianism to the most ebullient flowering of imagination and enterprise - forms a story worthy of a 21st-century Homer Inc. magazine There are few people in our world who embody optimism like Ping Fu. She shows us how the human spirit can endure amazing hardship to with find happiness, joy, and astounding success. -- Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why There is no more shining role model for resilience (and grace and humility and a whole bunch of other qualities) than Ping Fu. -- Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of Peak and Emotional Equations Ping Fu's life story is the stuff of heroic novels. -- Bo Burlingham, editor-at-large of Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants This is an utterly unique memoir, a fascinating look at one woman's journey from a difficult childhood in Mao's China to the top of the American tech world. -- Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, author of Delivering Happiness In this outstanding testament to the resilience of the human spirit, Ping takes readers on a journey both heartbreaking and inspiring. Ping's eloquent prose and remarkable attitude shine through in every word. Publishers Weekly
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd January 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1