Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baidu CEO draws big crowd in Google's backyard

he billionaire founder of a popular search engine drew a big crowd Wednesday at Stanford University — and it wasn't one of the guys that started Google just a few miles from the campus they once attended.

About 600 students crammed into a lecture room to soak up the wisdom of Robin Li, who owns rare bragging rights over Google and its founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Li, 40, is the CEO and founder of Baidu, a company that dominates Internet search in China like Google dominates the market in just about every other major country in the world.

The impressive feat earned Li rock-star treatment at Stanford, where Page and Brin conceived Google's technology as graduate students before dropping out to start their now-famous company.

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