Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. In the first of our series profiling companies experiencing explosive growth, posted yesterday, Quartz featured Xiaomi, a Chinese mobile-phone maker that has captured the domestic market for cheap phones and the imagination of reporters worldwide. Our first sentence: “Lei Jun walks on to the stage like a young Steve Jobs.”
If only we had read the piece posted on Xiaomi’s official blog (link in Chinese) by Lei the previous day. In sum, Xiaomi’s founder and CEO has had enough of the comparisons with Apple and Steve Jobs, never mind that they helped raise his company’s profile outside China. He’s also had enough of journalists, users and Weibo (and especially journalists and users on Weibo). Here are some of Lei’s complaints, as translated by Tech in Asia.
Also, during a lot of interviews, reporters will set up traps that I can’t defend myself against. Often reporters will ask me questions like: “How is Xiaomi better than Apple or Samsung?” How am I supposed to answer this question? There’s no way I can give the right answer to this question.