A Coffee with Ren I

June 17, 2019 | Shenzhen,China

Mr. Ren Zhengfei, Huawei Founder and CEO, sat down with two of the world's most prominent thinkers George Gilder and Nicholas Negroponte for 100 minutes of conversation and Q&A. George Gilder is a futurist, author and venture capitalist. Nicholas Negroponte is a tech visionary and the Co-founder of the MIT Media Lab. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Tian Wei, host of China Global Television Network's World Insight. Catherine Chen, Huawei's Senior Vice President and Member of the Board, is also in attendance.

Tian: Absorb the energy of the universe over a cup of coffee. I'm Tian Wei. They say a good conversation could be just like drinking a cup of black coffee and as stimulating as it is hard. I'm not sure whether today's conversation is going to be a really difficult one, but it should certainly be stimulating intellectually and thought-provoking. If you take a look at the panelists on the stage, they're trail blazers in their respective fields and certainly very outspoken about the challenges that we are facing today. I hope it's a conversation among minds without borders.

First up, A Coffee with Ren, so let's start with Ren. Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei. Of course, a legendary entrepreneur from China who has made China one of the world leaders of 5G. Huawei now, as far as I understand, is the world's largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and the second largest maker of smartphones. So, Mr. Ren, welcome.

On his right, Nicholas Negroponte. The reason I introduce Mr. Negroponte second is because he has just accepted Mr. Ren as his student. Big news. A tech visionary and co-founder together with Jerome B. Wiesner of the MIT media lab. And he has been providing funding for start-up companies around the world, including WIRED magazine and Sohu. He has also decided to devote the remainder of his time, which is a lot, to opening science and global connectivity. Good to see you, Nicholas.

Next, we have George Gilder, certainly a fun individual, as well as a tech guru and a futurist, according to many. George is President Ronald Reagan's most quoted leading author and has been a venture capitalist in the US and Israel on many important projects. He enjoys his time as a runner and also as a skier. George, good to see you.

Last but certainly not least, we have a wonderful lady sitting on the stage as well. A long-time commitment to Huawei, 25 years working for this company, and a colleague of Mr. Ren, Ms. Catherine Chen, Senior Vice President and Director of the Board of Huawei, welcome.

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    Tian: That's simple but not simple. Thank you so much. And with that, we're wrapping up our first coffee with Ren. We hope there will be many more coffees to come in the future, during which we can talk and interact and certainly be intellectually stimulating one another.

    Thank you and goodbye.

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