TechNode presents our guest column by Tracey Xiang, a senior editor at QQ.com, Tencent’s online news portal.  From this week on, Tracey contributes a weekly column Chinese In Tech on interesting characters in the China tech industry.

You must have heard stories about founders starting projects to scratch their own itch and then turning them into well-known businesses; such as, del.icio.us.  But how about setting up a dating site for yourself to meet Mr. Right?

In 2003, Gong Haiyan, 27, single, built a website, love21cn.com (later changed into jiayuan.com), to look for the one for life. One year later, she got married to a man met through her own dating site; eight years later, she made this online dating business a public company, the first one in China.

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