Biography
Ping Fu - Honored in 2005 by Inc. Magazine as “The Entrepreneur of the Year”, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997, Ping co-founded Geomagic, a software company which pioneers 3D technologies that fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. Used for repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno’s garage to digitally recreating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic aims to enable design and production of one-of-the-kind products and services at a cost less than mass production.

Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping Fu was Director of Visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She has more than 20 years of software industry experience in database, networking, geometry processing, and computer graphics.

Since 2010, Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) board at the White House and is a member of NCWIT (National Council on Women in Technology). Ping was recognized in 2012 by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an Outstanding American By Choice.

She is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and women in mathematics and sciences: Ping is on the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina and on the Board of the Long Now Foundation. She is also a mentor for The Clinton Foundation’s Entrepreneur Mentoring Program, she participated in the kick-off for the White House’s 2011 Startup America initiative, is the author of two books in Chinese and inventor of five U.S. and international patents.

Ping has received numerous awards for her leadership as an entrepreneur, including Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, Woman’s Compass award and Life Time Achievements award by Business Leader magazine. She was invited as a guest of the First Lady Michelle Obama at her box for the President’s first State of Union Address in Jan. 2010. You can listen to Ping in her 2011 interview at WUNC, and 2006 interviews for National Public Radio.

Coming straight to the U.S. from a Chinese prison, Ping’s journey to entrepreneurship is a remarkable American dream by itself. Her childhood aspiration was to be an astronaut. Today her company’s software is used to ensure safe return of every NASA space shuttle. “There is a deep current of humanity in the way we approach innovation and business” she says. Ping has one daughter and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.



MeiMei Fox - MeiMei Fox is the New York Times bestselling author, ghostwriter, and freelance editor of numerous memoirs and non-fiction health, wellness, spirituality, and psychology books, articles, and blogs. She has edited books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Columbia professor Robert Thurman, was Expedition Writer for Alexandra Cousteau in 2009, and most recently wrote the bestseller Fortytude with Sarah Brokaw. She blogs weekly for The Huffington Post.

MeiMei graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University. In addition to writing, she enjoys being a depth psychotherapy-trained life coach and certified yoga instructor. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Kiran. Her mantra is: Fear Less, Love More!
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