At a conference held by local business magazine BusinessValue over last weekend, Robin Li, founder and CEO of Chinese search juggernaut, shared with audiences – mostly Chinese Internet product managers – his reflections on local innovation, the company’s legacy of recruiting and training product managers and its mobile strategy.

Mr. Zhang Peng, editor-in-chief of the periodical kicked off his dialogue with Li by asking the latter’s recent reclusion. Li responded saying he’s been keeping a low profile since ever and doesn’t really feel like being recognized by too many people. Given Mr. Li’s attendance at one of the most popular Chinese TV talk shows and even gave nationwide audience an eyeful of his Tango routine, I take the answer as a metaphor of “I’d better spend more time watching out for my business as companies like 360 are posing some challenges.” He circulated an internal email to all Baidu staff calling for the wolf spirit to mobilize the morale and the elimination of xiaozi (Bourgeoisie), or, people who put more thoughts on life quality in lieu of workloads after Qihoo 360’s home-brewed search engine chewed up more than 10% of Chinese search market. 360 stocks enjoyed an uptick since the search launch as Baidu’s price stagnated a little bit.

Mr. Li went on to express his excitement of Internet and mobile Internet, pointing out that Internet has created so many new trades and he’s excited about mobile Internet. He pinpointed much hope into Baidu’s mobile efforts, ruling over it directly. He also revealed that he has meetings with the company’s mobile division at least once per week. After last year’s restructure, Baidu’s Mobile Cloud division emerged as one of the company’s spotlights.

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Ben Jiang

Listener of startups, writer on tech. Maker of things, dreamer by choice.