Almost four years ago, Hugo Barra left Google and moved all the way to Beijing to work at Xiaomi and take it beyond just a simple startup. And now, as Barra believes Xiaomi is in a good place for global expansion, he’s headed home.
Barra announced all of this in a letter posted on Facebook. His main reason for leaving is because living in a singular environment is rough — and it is — but now it’s starting to take a toll on his health, according to his letter. His friends and home are back in Silicon Valley and that’s where he’s headed now, the letter reads. It’ll be a lot closer to his family, too.
“What I’ve realized is that the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health. My friends, what I consider to be my home, and my life are back in Silicon Valley, which is also much closer to my family. Seeing how much I’ve left behind these past few years, it is clear to me that the time has come to return. “
Barra isn’t leaving Xiaomi in the dust, though. In his four years, he’s helped put the company in a very good place. In fact, Xiaomi’s largest international market is India, with the region bringing in a whole $1 billion annually. The company is growing fast, recently expanding into Russia, Mexico, Poland and twenty other markets.
He’s leaving Xiaomi on good hands, Barra notes. There’s a great “team of some of the most remarkable and enthusiastic people” he knows. Xiaomi is certain to flourish, even without him there.
If you want to read the full letter, you can click the source link below. It’s certainly a good and bad thing — Xiaomi is losing a very talented leader, but on the other hand, Barra’s next adventure at another company will surely flourish.
The official transition out of Xiaomi will happen after the Chinese New Year in February. It’s a time of new beginnings, and Barra is taking this opportunity to do just that, after some much-needed time off, of course.
source: Hugo Barra (Facebook)