[Gang Lu: The following notes are actually written by Calvin Chin, a good friend of mine and the founder of Qifang.cn, a P2P student loan network and the first Chinese company won the Technology Pioneer Award from World Economy Forum. The reason I decided to post it here and I also suggest you to read though is that, it is hard to find a China-based startup which has the vision of the global industry and more importantly, understands the true value of web technology which is to bring more value back to society.

I was reading an advertisement on Wired magazine another day, it says: The technology is only truly advanced, if it advances the lives of the people using it. I am not against the so-called Entertainment-centric Internet in China at all, but I do hope there will be more like Qifang coming from China and Asia in the coming years. Content in web2.0 is generated by the users, so web2.0 is to create more value and return it back to the users.]

When Qifang was honored as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer at the end of last year, one of the most exciting aspects was that I would represent our company and receive the award at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Over the last four decades, the WEF meeting has become such an international institution that it is often just referred to simply as Davos. And this year’s participants lived up to the event’s reputation, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was the first prominent speaker, but other highlights included Vladimir Putin, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Angela Merkel, Gordon Brown, Taro Aso, Michael Dell, Rupert Murdoch and Ban Ki-moon. My personal expectations were highest to see those involved in microfinance and education (Muhummad Yunus from Grameen Bank, and Craig Barrett of Intel and John Chambers of Cisco who have been leaders in the WEF’s Global Education Initiative) and meeting technology leaders such as the founders of Google, YouTube and Facebook.

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Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.