Maimai founder Lin Fan was the former chief of Sogou Search Engine. He participated in Sogou Input Method and Sogou Browser as well as other core projects, obtaining a wealth of experience in search engine algorithms and data mining. In early 2013, Fan officially founded Maimai.
Lin was accepted to the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University in 1998 and was a recipient of the Special Scholarship (the highest honor in Tsinghua University). During his time in college, he took part in the Beijing University Wushu Competition, representing Tsinghua Sports Team (martial arts) and placed top three in Fencing and Tai Chi.
Fan went on to pursue his PhD at the University of Maryland in 2002, specializing in data mining/machine learning. Unfortunately, he had to give up this academic pursuit six months later due to family issues, which resulted in him flying back to China.
Lin joined Sogou in August 2003 and participated in the Sogou Input Method, Sogou Browser, and other client R & D projects. He also participated in the technology architecture design of Sogou’s webpage, music, and image search. After being promoted and becoming the Technical Director at Sogou, he assisted with team formation, process improvement, and sectional culture construction at Sogou. While there, Fan was responsible for not only product design, analysis, and improvement of the full range of products at Sogou, but also sales target-setting, channel strategy development, and overall coordination and technology R & D related to precise brand advertising projects. During his tenure, the average daily income of Sogou search increased 350 times from Q1 in 2007 to Q3 in 2010, with Sogou search results coming close to the blind test level of Baidu and Google.
Following Fan’s establishment of Maimai in early 2013, the Maimai app was launched in October of the same year. As a work-based social app, Maimai is dedicated to helping people in the workplace handle their work efficiently. It also aims to assist workers with exchanging ideas, grasping industry trends, and sharing workplace experiences and topic perspectives. “Work Circle” and “Anonymous Roasting and Revelation” can help people get information on industry scoops, peer salaries, and the internal situation surrounding their company. “Network of Contacts” enables people to expand their contacts, job hop, seek out talent, find money or relationships, and meet other needs. Most employees of well-known companies such as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei, Didi, and Lenovo use the Maimai app as an important platform for daily workplace communication and network development.