Zhou Bowen, an IEEE Fellow and Fellow of the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), is a professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering of Tsinghua University and Huiyan Chair Professor of Tsinghua University. He was the dean of the IBM Artificial Intelligence Basic Research Institute and the chief scientist of IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence before joining JD.com in 2017 as senior vice president, chairman of the Technical Committee, president of JD Cloud and AI, and founding director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute. Zhou Bowen resigned from JD.com in 2021 and founded Lianyuan Technology to help enterprises and consumers subversively complete product innovation in the era of artificial intelligence and the correct understanding of digital intelligence.
Lianyuan Technology is the brainchild of Zhou Bowen, a renowned researcher in the field of speech and natural language processing (NLP). His research has been cited over 15,000 times and he has collaborated with Turing Award winner Yoshua Bengio on a paper in the direction of NLP. Lianyuan Technology is joining the battle of ChatGPT, a Chinese version of OpenAI, and has received angel round financing from Qiming Venture Capital and Matrix Partners China with a post-investment valuation of hundreds of millions of dollars. Zhou Bowen’s research and the backing of these investors make Lianyuan Technology a force to be reckoned with in the field of NLP.
The battle for talent in the ChatGPT entrepreneurial upsurge has begun, with Zhou Bowen and Wang Huiwen leading the charge. Wang Huiwen, the co-founder of Meituan, has announced his entry into the market with 50 million US dollars and has already secured a 230 million US dollar VC round. Wang Xiaochuan, the former Sogou CEO, has also made a public statement. Both are focused on recruiting top R&D talent, with Wang Huiwen offering generous compensation and reserving 75% of the shares for the technical team. This talent-robbing battle is a sign of the booming ChatGPT industry, with entrepreneurs competing to secure the best talent to help them succeed.
Wang Xiaochuan, a well-known AI expert, is reportedly preparing to return to entrepreneurship and make AI large models. According to 36 Krypton news, Wang Xiaochuan has taken specific actions and is in close communication with some important people in the industry and academia. With the capital heating up the field, talent is becoming increasingly important. The ChatGPT wave is just beginning, and it remains to be seen who will be able to make the most of the opportunity. Wang Xiaochuan’s return to entrepreneurship is likely to be a major development in the AI industry, and it will be interesting to see how his venture will fare.