mandag 20. mars 2023

The Men Who Set the Rules in Chinese Tech

Originally from a rural family, by the time I met Zhang, he was overseeing 20 engineers at tech giant Alibaba. A thirtysomething tech worker with a deep voice and confident manner, he took me through his career path, from joining Alibaba as a junior developer in 2010 to the decision he made to switch tracks twice in search of better prospects within the company. Zhang’s efforts and courage paid off handsomely: By the time of our 2018 interview, he earned more than $120,000 a year, was firmly settled in the eastern tech hub of Hangzhou, and was happily married with a child.