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Lei Jun, the owner of Xiaomi popularly known as the "Apple of the East" is being compared to Steve Jobs for everything, his looks, his brains and his profile.   
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Wednesday, June 05, 2013 Missing Steve Jobs? Entrepreneur and billionaire Lei Jun is being compared with the legendary Jobs. This is especially because the company he owns is nicknamed as Xiaomi (pronounce SHAO-mee) which translates into the " Apple of the East."

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In his jeans and dark shirts and selling a millions of users a mobile phone that appears a lot like iPhones, people have started to believe that he carries a Jobian image. And just like Steve, he sounds outlandish for his uniquely different ideas. Lei, Xiaomi's chief executive, said during an interview, “We're making the mobile phone like the PC, and this is a totally new idea, we're doing things other companies haven't done before."

Xiaomi has already produced $2 billion from his handsets in China last year. And China being the world's largest cell phone market, its revenue might be doubled this year. The company was founded by a group of Chinese engineers almost three years ago. And the company has sold some seven million handsets last year by using designs similar to the iPhone.

Apparently Lei's Xiaomi is the fastest company to attract $1 billion in terms of annual revenue in China. Not even Amazon got any closer as Amazon landed on this place after 5 years of trying. He grew up in Wuhan, in the industrial city in central China. He studied computer science at Wuhan University. In 1987 during college days, he says, that he read a book about Mr Jobs and since then have been emulating him.

"I was greatly influenced by that book, and I wanted to establish a company that was first class," Mr Lei said. "So I made a plan to get through college fast."

Atithya Amaresh, EFYTIMES News Network


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