Founder’s Note is a collection of essays written by Ji Qi, the founder/co- founder of three Chinese billion-dollar enterprises: Ctrip Travel Network, Home Inns Group and Huazhu Hotel Group. This book is divided into three parts: Heaven, Earth and Man.
“Heaven” reflects Ji Qi’s philosophy of life, which has a great impact on his business. From this, we can see how the spirits of the founder bring about the rapid development of the business.
“Earth” records Ji Qi’s thinking and experience in his down-to-earth founding, development and operation of these three enterprises, including his “darkest moments”, the most important business decisions he has made, and his assumptions and understanding of some significant topics, such as China’s services, China’s dream and the future of hotels and so on.
“Man” is more personal. In this part, he talks about people and food in his hometown, his study of wine, experience of traveling, and views on friendship, poetry, contemporary art and so forth.
By reading this book, readers could understand the different and special perspective of the representative Chinese entrepreneur of the 1960s generation. Readers will not only gain nourishment from Ji Qi’s successful experience, but also absorb energy from his philosophy and life aesthetics.
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The idea about business and philosophy of the most successful Chinese enterprise Continuously founding/co-founding three billion-dollar companies, Ji Qi shares his entrepreneurial experience and many judgments about the future of the Chinese market. More importantly, in addition to business experiences, he shares his philosophical thinking as a founder. In this book, Ji Qi explains his philosophical consideration about the macroscopic problems like the universe and the inner self, which can help readers learn about the deep thinking patterns of successful people.
The Life Style and Aesthetic Interest of Contemporary Chinese Entrepreneurs Through this book, we can see the life and aesthetic interest of entrepreneurs, including the influence of Eastern philosophy and religion, the experience of modern and contemporary art and the views of art collections and luxury goods.
The balance between idealism and realism, the golden mean of Chinese entrepreneurs In the book, the author said: “Most Chinese entrepreneurs have their own feelings and spirits, which may surpass some limited part of human beings themselves. We ourselves have our own internal pain, and we want to break away from it. And the process is to realize our ideals by transcending our own limitations.”
China is in the stage of rapid development and at this period, people have crazy pursuit on wealth. Social problems such as food safety and credit crisis are emerging one after another, which triggers social self- examination. In this special historical period, The Founder's Notes is not only a Book of science of success, which is a window to see the pursuit of wealth and success by Chinese entrepreneurs, but also a book of feelings and spirits, which could lead us to see the emotional persistence and pursuit of ideals by this group of people.
JI Qi is the Founder and Chairman of Huazhu Hotels Group, one of the most successful Chinese serial entrepreneurs, as the founding CEO, he has successively established three famous Chinese service enterprises: Ctrip Travel Network, Home Inns Group and Huazhu Hotels Group (NASDAQ: HTHTHT). More importantly, he has successfully listed them on NASDAQ in the United States, which makes him become the first Chinese enterprise to establish three billion-dollar companies in succession. This achievement also created a miracle in the history of the world's enterprises.
In 2016, to pay tribute to his extraordinary career as an entrepreneur and his outstanding contribution to Sino- French economic cooperation, Ji Qi was awarded the Knight Medal of the Legion of Honor of the French Republic.