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Ping Fu  

Vice President and Chief Entrepreneur Officer, GeoMagic/3D Systems; Author, "Bend, Not Break"

Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software programmer, an innovator, a CEO, and Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. To be a friend and mentor to some of the best-known names in technology. To build some of the coolest new products in the world. To give speeches that inspire huge crowds. To meet and advise the President of the United States.

Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Ping was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the abuse and chaos. At twenty-five, she found her way to the United States; her only resources were $80 in traveler’s checks and a few spoken English words: thank you, hello, and help.

Yet Ping persevered, and the hard-won lessons of her childhood guided her to success in her new homeland. Aided by her well-honed survival instincts, a few good friends, and the kindness of strangers, she grew into someone she never thought she’d be—a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader. A love of problem solving led her to computer science, and Ping became part of the team that created NCSA Mosaic, which became Netscape, the Web browser that forever changed how we access information. She then started a company, Geomagic, that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repairing NASA spaceships.

Ping’s story is an account of her journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the United States. Her courage in the face of cruelty is unmatched and provides a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.

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November 1, 2013 at CWSE Conference

The room in which Ping Fu spoke was full. Audience reaction was very positive. She took business cards from persons requesting complimentary copies of her book.

From Penguin Speakers

“Among the celebrity entrepreneurs in the 3-D printing field is Ping Fu, who gave one of the most inspiring talks at SXSW.”
-- All Tech Considered (NPR Blog) Elise Hu and Laura Sydell

“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 and New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness

“Bend, Not Break depicts a journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anticapitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology start-ups in the United States. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience.”
—Mark Frauenfelder,

“I could not put this book down. From surviving the insanity of China's Cultural Revolution to the cutthroat antics of hi-tech venture capitalism, from low-life outcast to billionaire dealer—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. I defy anyone to read this book and not come away with a greater commitment to follow through with their plans, and a desire to invent their own lives.”
—Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, Wired, and author, What Technology Wants

“Ping Fu's life story is the stuff of heroic novels. Not only has she triumphed over adversity most of us can scarcely imagine, but she has managed to draw out of her experience a wealth of practical business lessons. Those lessons, which she presents in Bend, Not Break, have allowed her to emerge as a leading entrepreneur in a technology that is transforming the world of manufacturing, with far-reaching implications for global competition in the 21st century.”
—Bo Burlingham, Editor-at-Large of Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big

Speech Topics

Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds

Founding Geomagic: Starting and running a company that re-shaped the world

Growing up in Maoist China

CEO Survival Lessons: Cultivating Resilience

Women in Technology

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Resilience in Life and At Work

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