At the beginning of
I founded NetEase in June 1997, when there were fewer than 100 thousand Internet users in china. The reason why we named NetEase, is the hope that the Internet can become easier.
When the founder of NetEase
, my ideal is after the success of oneself can have a house, a car, do not go to work on time every day, you can sleep late, money can go out to travel. So, you must not think, I was holding a great idea to start a great company, I did not have this idea.
registered a good company, we found a very small room, about 8 square meters. At that time, I was very optimistic about the development of the Internet in two directions, the first direction is the search engine; the other is a free e-mail.
want to do search engine is because there are so many websites on the Internet, so much information, so there must be an entrance, and then Chinese search engine Yahoo has no domestic, almost no other search engine. My colleagues and I spent about a month to write a search engine, later write and found a problem when the 1997 China have a total of 200 sites, this is like a person only 200 books, but to do a library, so we were very disappointed. At the same time did not earn what money.
so I’m trying to get a free mailbox. At that time, out of two ideas, one is the mailbox is bound to bring a high amount of access; another is the registration information of the mailbox is likely to become the future of e-commerce information. When I finished, a lot of people generally said that the light is not the flow of advertising revenue, e-commerce is too far away from China, you still go back and think about it.
so that time is the most frustrating time, and the company has spent seven months of time and money to this product, so maybe it’s luck, 1997 November BusinessWeek cover story hotmail website hot. In this article there is less than two weeks, the Internet came with a $350 million acquisition of Hotmail Microsoft. At this time, almost all people have to come up with to buy our mailbox, half a year, we sold nearly ten copies of the NetEase’s 8 people earned a total of $5 million.
so Wall Street investors lined up in front of us, rushing to give us money, and then we can do nothing but write software. It was a great opportunity for us at that time. Now, looking back, I have two points to share with you:
1), do the product to advance, but at the same time can not be too advanced;
2), to be in a business environment. We are very important point is that the company opened in Guangzhou, close to Hongkong, which also allows venture capital banks are more willing to find us, so now the Internet entrepreneurs should be >