Ping Fu's life story is the stuff of heroic novels. Not only has she triumphed over adversity most of us can scacely imagine, but she has managed to draw out of her experience a wealth of practical business lessons.
Born on the eve of China’s Cultural Revolution, Ping Fu was separated from her family at the age of eight. She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the teenagers in Mao’s Red Guard. At twenty-five, she found her way to the United States; her only resources were $80 and a few phrases of English.
Yet Ping persevered, and the hard-won lessons of her childhood guided her to success in her new homeland. Aided by her well-honed survival instincts, a few good friends, and the kindness of strangers, she grew into someone she never thought she’d be—a strong, independent, entrepreneurial leader.
Bend, Not Break tells the incredible personal story of a journey from imprisonment to freedom, and from the dogmatic anti-capitalism of Mao’s China to the high-stakes, take-no-prisoners world of technology startups in the USA. It is a tribute to one woman’s courage in the face of cruelty, and a valuable lesson in the enduring power of resilience.