Photo Gallery 003: The Dream Of A 58-Year-Old Entrepreneur & Bicycle-Maker
摘要： For Mr. Qu, as long as people are still riding bikes while couching, that would be his fault. It was his hope that he would find some investors and fulfil his “bicycle dream” as quickly as possible.
Every generation has its own figures of time. And every today is entering an unknown tomorrow. In today’s world, the Internet industry is developing at a mad speed, with major changes taking place with every passing minute. And because of the rapid development, people are easily forgotten as time flies. Whether it is young ambitious entrepreneurs who have just found their place in the world of business, star investors that walk through different venues, programmers who spend hours of time writing codes in front of the computer screen, operators that bury themselves in loads of work, geeks that spend hours searching for information they need to complete their thirst for geek knowledge, or even delivery guys who go around the city under the intense sunlight, their efforts together constitute the Internet world we have right now. They might be conquering this era, or they might become only accessories of the time. Anyhow, their moments are worth recording, and worth remembering. TMTpost’s new column Photo Gallery is finally online, a new column through which TMTpost aims to use to record individuals and entrepreneurs in the Internet industry.
After seeing a well-circulated post about Jack Ma’s being refused by customers when promoting his product in 1996, Qu Jianfang, aged 58, said that he was actually at the same stage as Jack Ma.
Mr. Qu grew up in a military family and used to work in a military company. Since the beginning of the 1990s, he has been devoted to re-designing bicycles. At that time, bicycles were still the major transportation tool in China. Mr. Qu enjoyed great benefit from the market, but also got frustrated several times. In 2012, he collaborated with some philanthropists and made the recumbent bikes he re-designed one of the travel tools for students and professors at Tsinghua University.
In 2014, he invented the pull-rod recumbent bicycle, which was not only a major breakthrough for himself, but also in the history of bicycles, to some degree. His design might significantly change the incorrect riding habit of bike-riders. Of course, there is still a long road to spread his design across China, yet he was proud of himself and believed that the day would finally come when he could change how bicycles look like simply by himself.
Encouraged by the startup wave in the past two years, Mr. Qu believed that the right time and opportunity had come. Qu Jianfang, a 58 bicycle-lover, was the main character of TMTpost Photo Gallery 003.
In Photo Gallery 001 and 002, we introduced the story of a 90s entrepreneur and two middle-aged offline promotion specialists. In Photo Gallery 003, however, we are going to introduce to you the story of a 50s entrepreneur.
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Translated by Levin Feng (Senior Translator at ECHO), working for TMTpost.