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Southeast Asia’s Most Valuable Startup Running Toward an IPO

  • Firm valued at close to $4 billion aiming for U.S. maket debut
  • Entrepreneur drew inspiration from Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks

Li Xiaodong was attending a college English class when the American lecturer asked each student to come up with a Western name. Many chose Michael, after the basketball superstar Michael Jordan. When his turn came around, the shy youth picked Forrest -- as in Gump.

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