Richard Liu, the Father of Online Business

Richard Liu Qiangdong is a highly prolific person in China and the founder of Jd.com. He was born in Jiangsu Province found in China and brought up in a humble background where his father was a coal shipper. The little cash he earned, his father used it to educate his son as he believed that knowledge is the key to success. Richard Liu attended the University of China and studied his bachelor’s degree in sociology as he was interested in social sciences.

While studying, Richard explored his new passion for computer programming. He started attending some classes of programming. The little knowledge he got from the classes, Richard used it to do some programmings for a local company within the vicinity of the university. Richard Liu used the little cash he earned from his side hustle to start a business hotel which unfortunately failed after some months.

Richard Liu continued with his studies, and after completion of his bachelor’s degree, he joined the postgraduate of information science in the international university of Europe and China where e studied his masters in computer programming. When he was through with his masters, Liu started working as a director of business and computers in a Japanese company based in Beijing. Richard worked for several years in the company and later left the job.

He ended up starting his shop together with his wife in 1998 and named the sop, 360Buy. The mall was launched in 1998, and it was the only retailing mall of magneto-optical products. By 2002, Liu’s business had grown into 20 more branches across the country. Later in 2003, the business was compromised by the SARS epidemic which forced residents of China to stay in their houses.

Being a computer Programmer, Richard Liu shifted business into an online platform where people could shop from there. He named the online company jd.com or JingDong Mall. Today the e-commerce platform is one of the leading online shopping websites in the world. Richard Liu is responsible for all its advancements in technology and development at large. Today he is known as the pioneer of online shopping.

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