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11-1 搜索成功

时间:2006-10-19 16:00来源:互联网 提供网友:toad   字体: [ ]

Search for Success


Wang Daqing: The whole world has witnessed1 tremendous changes in China’s information industry in recent years, and what role do you think Baidu has been playing in the internet market ever since its appearance four years ago?


Robin1 Lee: I think the information retrieval2, or search engine in particular, is one of the very basic functions in the internet age. Since the internet is a network of information, people naturally would rely on search engine to find information. Actually this trend has become even more obvious as the amount of information available online gets larger and larger. Baidu has been Chinese search engine for four and a half years, I should say the only thing we do is Chinese searching, and we’ve been very focused. This is why Baidu becomes the largest Chinese search engine in the world. We have a large user base, and every day lots of people come to Baidu to do their search and find the information they want. I believe lots of people do think they rely on Baidu to find information.


Wang: Although Baidu has become the most powerful Chinese search engine over internet, the competition is becoming more and more fierce with many more companies coming into this field, including some giant corporations like Microsoft, Yahoo, and so on. What do you think is the greatest challenge confronting3 Baidu? And how are you going to deal with it?


Robin Lee: Grand competition is heating up, and large companies like, as you mentioned, Microsoft, Yahoo are getting into this field. But if you look at the history of search engine, starting from 1994, you will find that none of the successful search engine comes from big companies. On the contrary, they actually are all start ups. Search engine becomes successful not because search engine companies have a lot of money, it’s because they are innovative24, and focused they only do search. That is why I’m confident Baidu can compete in this landscape even though more and more powerful companies are coming into play5. I believe as long as we focus on what we do we only do search we would be able to defend our position.


Wang: As Baidu keeps growing, you surely will need to recruit more people. What qualities do you appreciate most in an employee? And how do you evaluate their capabilities3?


Robin Lee: Well, broadly speaking, there are two criteria46 we care about. Number one is how well the person can work in or can appreciate our company culture. Baidu is very much like a start up company in Silicon5 Valley, where people can communicate very openly and have flexible working hour, casual dressing6, open-door policy. We encourage employees to innovate7, to work hard. We need to make sure the potential employee can appreciate, or can work in this kind of environment. Number two is we do care about the person’s capability8 of doing his or her work. We don’t care much about the candidate7’s degree, background, gender9 or marital10 status. The only thing we care is whether the candidate can do his or her job. These are the two criteria we look at.


Wang: You are quite successful both academically8 and commercially, yet what do you prefer to be thought of as, a top search engine specialist or a successful businessman? And why?


Robin Lee: Ideally both. If I have to put a label on myself, I should say I’m probably still an engineer. As an engineer my dream is to have as many people as possible use the program or the project I built. So Baidu is one way of realizing my dream. You know, every day tens of millions of people use Baidu to find information, and I feel passionate11 about making a product like this, which can help many people benefit from the internet.


Wang: Nowadays many young people look on you as their role model, what suggestions or advice do you have for these young people who wish to become successful in the future?


Robin Lee: When I was young, I also thought a lot about these kinds of questions. And firstly I think the most important characteristic of a successful person is the ability to think independently. There are a lot of opportunities, but there are not many people who realize that the opportunity is there for him or her. So you have to have the ability to think independently what you can do best; what is the most suitable job for you. When you choose your career path, you need to keep this in mind. Maybe you are good at sales, maybe you are good at technology, maybe you are good at starting a new company, maybe you are good at working for a large company. You need to think independently to find out what you are good at. I think it’s the most important thing. Secondly12, once you have figured out what you want to do and what you can do best, you should focus on it. Do not change your job every year, that is not a good practice. Do not change your focus either, you should realize that if you focus on something, you should be able to do it better than most other people.



1. witness [5witnis] vt.目击,注意到

2. retrieval [ri5tri:vEl] n. []检索

3.   confront [kEn5frQnt] vt. 迎面遇到,面临,遭遇

4. innovative [5inEuveitiv] a. 富有革新精神的

5. come into play 开始活动,开始运转,投入使用,起作用

6. criterion [krai5tiEriEn] n.(复)-ria [-riE](批评、判断、检验等的)标准,准则,尺度

7. candidate [5kAndideit] n. 申请求职者

8. academically [7AkE5demikEli] ad. 学术上地


























1 robin Oj7zme     
  • The robin is the messenger of spring.知更鸟是报春的使者。
  • We knew spring was coming as we had seen a robin.我们看见了一只知更鸟,知道春天要到了。
2 innovative D6Vxq     
  • Discover an innovative way of marketing.发现一个创新的营销方式。
  • He was one of the most creative and innovative engineers of his generation.他是他那代人当中最富创造性与革新精神的工程师之一。
3 capabilities f7b11037f2050959293aafb493b7653c     
n.能力( capability的名词复数 );可能;容量;[复数]潜在能力
  • He was somewhat pompous and had a high opinion of his own capabilities. 他有点自大,自视甚高。 来自辞典例句
  • Some programmers use tabs to break complex product capabilities into smaller chunks. 一些程序员认为,标签可以将复杂的功能分为每个窗格一组简单的功能。 来自About Face 3交互设计精髓
4 criteria vafyC     
  • The main criterion is value for money.主要的标准是钱要用得划算。
  • There are strict criteria for inclusion in the competition.参赛的标准很严格。
5 silicon dykwJ     
  • This company pioneered the use of silicon chip.这家公司开创了使用硅片的方法。
  • A chip is a piece of silicon about the size of a postage stamp.芯片就是一枚邮票大小的硅片。
6 dressing 1uOzJG     
  • Don't spend such a lot of time in dressing yourself.别花那么多时间来打扮自己。
  • The children enjoy dressing up in mother's old clothes.孩子们喜欢穿上妈妈旧时的衣服玩。
7 innovate p62xr     
  • We must innovate in order to make progress.我们必须改革以便取得进步。
  • It is necessary to innovate and develop military theories.创新和发展军事理论是必要的。
8 capability JsGzZ     
  • She has the capability to become a very fine actress.她有潜力成为杰出演员。
  • Organizing a whole department is beyond his capability.组织整个部门是他能力以外的事。
9 gender slSyD     
  • French differs from English in having gender for all nouns.法语不同于英语,所有的名词都有性。
  • Women are sometimes denied opportunities solely because of their gender.妇女有时仅仅因为性别而无法获得种种机会。
10 marital SBixg     
  • Her son had no marital problems.她的儿子没有婚姻问题。
  • I regret getting involved with my daughter's marital problems;all its done is to bring trouble about my ears.我后悔干涉我女儿的婚姻问题, 现在我所做的一切将给我带来无穷的烦恼。
11 passionate rLDxd     
  • He is said to be the most passionate man.据说他是最有激情的人。
  • He is very passionate about the project.他对那个项目非常热心。
12 secondly cjazXx     
  • Secondly,use your own head and present your point of view.第二,动脑筋提出自己的见解。
  • Secondly it is necessary to define the applied load.其次,需要确定所作用的载荷。
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