Interview with Ping Fu

Ping Fu
Ping Fu is the Executive Chairman of Gelsight and a board member of the Long Now Foundation and Burning Man Project. Prior to that she was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Geomagic. She co-founded Geomagic and has led its growth from start-up to worldwide leader in the digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP) industry. Geomagic has attracted more than $8 million in capital from private and institutional investors, and won millions of dollars in research innovation grants from NSF and NIST. The company has been profitable since 2002, tripled its employees over the last three years and expanded its presence globally. Geomagic earned record revenues in the first quarter of 2007. Before starting Geomagic, Ms. Fu was Director of Visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She has more than 20 years of software industry experience in database, networking, geometry processing, and computer graphics. Ms. Fu is a respected thought leader and frequent keynote speaker at international conferences. Ms. Fu has received numerous awards for her management achievements, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, worldwide "Fast 50" executive by Fast Company magazine, Entrebizneur of the Year by Business Leader magazine, and business woman of the year by Triangle Business Journal. In 2005, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine, the leading publication for American entrepreneurs. She holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in computer science and Chinese literature, and is an adjunct professor at Duke University.
Interview Subject 
Ping Fu
Release Date 
August 24, 2007
Lucy Sanders, Larry Nelson