Ep. 8: Lu Qi and Baidu: The Breakup That Broke China’s Heart


This week on TechBuzz China by Pandaily, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma look at the resignation of Baidu’s COO and tech genius Lu Qi and how the move sparked wave after wave of speculation, commentary, and reaction in the Chinese tech world.

TechBuzz China by Pandaily is a weekly technology podcast that is all about China’s innovations. It is co-hosted by Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma, who are both seasoned China-watchers with years of experience working in the technology space in China. They share and discuss the most important tech news from China every week with commentaries from investors, industry experts, and entrepreneurs.

What is Lu Qi’s story and where is he going next?

What did Lu Qi do to have Baidu stocks rise by 58 percent during his tenure?

Why did his departure strike a strong chord, while previous departures of top Silicon Valley execs such as Huge Barra from Xiaomi and Andrew Ng from Baidu resonated less with the Chinese tech world?

Rui and Ying-Ying answer these questions and more on this week’s episode! As always, you can find these stories and more at pandaily.com. Let us know what you think of the show, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @thepandaily and to like our Facebook page!