Richard Liu Is The Founder And CEO of JD.com – One Of The Largest Online Retailers In China
After graduating from Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, Liu began his career on Wall Street before returning to China in 1997. Three years later, he founded JD.com, which would grow into one of the country’s most successful internet firms.
In 2008, Forbes magazine named Liu China’s richest man with a net worth of $8 billion. In 2017, JD.com’s market capitalization reached a record $405 billion. The company has become a retail powerhouse, with sales topping $1.5 billion.
In recent years, Richard Liu has become an active investor in tech start-ups and is rumored to have invested several million dollars in cryptocurrency startups.
Over the weekend, Liu was in Seattle, where he was a guest speaker at the 2018 China Center Northwest’s annual dinner. According to an article by Adrian Liu on Medium.com, Richard Liu also attended a blockchain tech and crypto conference on Aug. 29 hosted by the National Blockchain Technology Lab and Nasdaq in cooperation with Seattle’s Mayor, Ed Murray
The photo of Richard Liu below is courtesy of the LinkedIn account of Seattle venture capitalist Nick Gogerty.
During the event, Richard Liu eagerly talked about his experiences working for some of the world’s largest companies, like Microsoft, and why he chose to found JD.com in China. He also mentioned that blockchain technology was one of the most exciting technologies he has seen. He is particularly interested in decentralized applications (DAPPs) from a product and investment point of view. Liu Qiangdong understands blockchain is an open-source technology, so he values its independence and believes DAPPs will be the next big thing.
Mr. Goecke introduced Mr. Liu to DAPPs, how they were built, and how the technology would be used for business applications. Richard Liu is a big believer in the future of blockchain and is determined to learn more about the technology from Goecke.
Mr. Liu has been in Seattle for two straight days, Monday through Tuesday, and is looking forward to learning more about DAPPs from Goecke and meeting other investors interested in investing in blockchain startups.
Liu established JD.com out of his dorm room at China’s Tsinghua University around 1999, when he was just 22 years old. In 2009, JD.com had annual revenue of $2 billion. Refer to this page for additional information.
More about Liu Qiangdong on https://www.jd.co.th/