A letter from Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo
In 1999, we established the very first virtual community for online gaming users. Within five years, it had blossomed into a community with more than 10 million users. With this business success came wealth, a deeper understanding of the world around us and many questions that we are still pondering today: Why does the same stimulus lead to drastically different perceptions and reactions in different people? Why are we often hijacked by our own emotions which cause us to suffer despite our ability to analyze and make rational judgments?
In today’s world, we are surrounded by material abundance. We can fly into space or dive deep into the sea, but do we feel freer? We can enjoy gourmet cuisine from all corners of the world, but do we feel happier? How much does the world around us exist in reality versus our mind’s perceptions? As we entered into our forties, these questions and contemplations accompanied us and seeking answers through the lens of philosophy, religion or science often left us even more perplexed.
In this new phase of our lives, we continue to be driven by curiosity and a desire to innovate. However, we are now focusing our efforts and passion towards giving back to society and contributing to the advancement of humanity in a meaningful way. We are excited, and humbled, to devote ourselves to mankind’s never-ending efforts to deepen our understanding of the human brain and mind. One of the most complex areas in science, the study of the brain is both alluring and daunting. Making this dream a reality will be difficult but we are determined and dedicated to this mission.
Tianqiao Chen Chrissy Luo