Isaac Mao

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Isaac Mao

Isaac Mao (simplified Chinese: 毛向辉; traditional Chinese: 毛向輝; pinyin: Máo Xiànghuī) is a Chinese venture capitalist, software architect, and social media researcher. He is also known for co-founding, doing research in social learning and for developing the philosophy of Sharism. He is the director of the Social Brain Foundation,[1] a vice president of the United Capital Investment Group[2] (2004-2008) and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Life and work[edit]

Mao is a venture capitalist, blogger, software architect, entrepreneur and researcher in learning and social technology. He divides his time between research, social works, business and technology.[3] Mao has written extensively about on-line journalism, and advises Global Voices Online and several web 2.0 businesses. Mao's essay "Sharism: A Mind Revolution" appeared in the Freesouls book project.[4]

Blogging and blog advocacy[edit]

Mao is a co-founder of and a co-organizer of the Chinese Blogger Conference (2005 in Shanghai, 2006 in Hangzhou).[5] He started a movement in 2005 to adopt Chinese bloggers on overseas servers.

Mao is a regular speaker at global conferences (such as Wikimania and the Chinese Internet Conference[6]) about Internet culture, in China and more broadly and other global events on Internet culture. In 2009, he was a speaker at the 40th anniversary of The Internet Conference held at UCLA[7][8] As a trained software engineer, he has a long history of developing both business and consumer software. He worked as a Chief Architect in the Intel HomeCD project and Tangram BackSchool suite.[9][10]

As of 2008, Mao published an open letter to Google, challenging the search engine giant to support anti-censorship efforts and change its strategy on China.[11]


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