- Youdao, Inc. Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Feng Zhou is the founder, CEO and director of Youdao, which he originated in 2006 as NetEase Youdao, becoming Youdao, Inc. in October 2019 following the successful completion of its IPO.
As CEO, Dr. Zhou is responsible for the overall direction and strategy of the company.
Dr. Zhou previously led the formation of key Youdao projects, including Youdao Dictionary and Youdao Cloudnote, both of which rose to become star apps gaining significant market share in their respective category offerings. In 2014, NetEase Youdao entered the online education market with the launch of a new online education product – Youdao Premium Courses.
Dr. Zhou is passionate about technology and has broad interest and experience with computer systems, artificial intelligence and other areas of computer science. He has authored more than a dozen academic papers published by top-tier international conferences and influential journals during his doctoral studies, with a research focus on software infrastructure, operating systems and programming languages that are designed for large-scale services.
Dr. Zhou grew up in Yixing, Jiangsu Province and he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Tsinghua University. His Ph.D. in computer science is from the University of California, Berkeley.