Eric Liu ’08

Shanghai, China and New Zealand

A person with shirt black hair, glasses, a gray button-down shirt, and dark jeans smiles at the viewer. The person has their arms folded across their chest.

Eric Liu is an entrepreneur. In 2011, Liu founded Zuodao, an online employment platform. The enterprise became the go-to place in China for freelance translators, editors, and proofreaders and was a finalist for the Ashoka Foundation’s Changemaker of the Year award. Zuodao was sold to Chinese internet giant Alibaba in 2015. Liu continued to head the organization until 2018. After leaving Alibaba, Liu led Mobike, an urban transportation start-up, as its president and later CEO.

Liu is an Edmund Hillary Fellow. The New Zealand-based fellowship is a “community of entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers creating global impact.”

Liu was a film major at Vassar and served as a managing editor of the Miscellany News. He was also on the staff of the Vassarion.