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by • April 28, 2016 • No Comments

It is Friday guys! Over the weekend you can turn your brain off for a bit, but preceding you do, have a bit of a ponder of the hardest thing you have at any time done. The largest alter you’ve at any time gone through, the most impressive obstacle you’ve had to overcome. Got it? Great.

As a 29 year old Australian living in London, the hardest thing I have at any time undertaken was a switch of working in finance to one of additional creative, uncertain pursuits. I went of a 9 to 5 job with guaranteed income to spending my days painting, writing, and wondering where my future pay cheque was coming of. I’m not going to lie, it was somehow tough. But it does not actually come close to the life of former GeoMagic CEO Ping Fu, an impressive woman who overcame most obstacles to live the elusive American dream.


Ping was born in Nanjing, China, and grew up during the Cultural Revolution. At eight years old she and her four year old sister were separated of their parents, and she had the role of surrogate mother thrust upon her. Ping attributes her successful transition of imprisonment and deportation in China to life as a student in America to this moment in her life, the moment she was thrown into chaos and responsibility at such a young age. Her faculty to adapt to alter became one of her significant strengths.


After completing a master’s degree in desktop science, she worked with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) with a focus on desktop graphics and visualisation (she assisted create the innovation responsible for animating the liquid metal of the T-1000 in Terminator 2).

Ping wanted to turn the research she was doing at NCSA into a business, a thing the company was unwilling to do at the time. She became frustrated with the inaction, and founded Geomagic in 1997. The thought was for a company which may combine digital innovation, which include 3D modelling software, with making. Geomagic creates 3D scanning systems, 3D create software and 3D inspection and metrology software. Ping was CEO until 2013, when she sold her company to 3D Systems Corporation. She became the lead strategy officer and Vice-President of 3D Systems.


Ping has mentioned being a CEO of a company as one of the hardest things she has at any time undertaken, for the reason not just was she responsible for her own career, but in addition for the careers of her employees. This coming of a woman who was imprisoned in China by her own government preceding being deported to a completely foreign land. As a leader and innovator of business, she in addition believes it is her responsibility to assist others fulfil their own “American Dream”, as she had hers realised.


In addition to founding Geomagic (for the reason apparently being a successful CEO and entrepreneur is not adequate for her), Ping has served on the U.S. National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship since 2010 and is in addition a member of the National Council on Women in Technology. This awe-inspiring woman has in addition held a number of advisory roles in relation to innovation and entrepreneurship and with charitable organisations.

An inspiration to anyone attempting to complete the American Dream, Ping was given an award in 2012 by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, naming her “Outstanding American by Choice”.

You can find her memoir on Amazon.


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