Bobby Lee started his career as a software engineer at Yahoo!, where he lead the development of some of the earliest online communities. In 2007 he moved from Silicon Valley to Shanghai, where he was Director of Software Engineering at EMC’s China Center of Excellence, focused on cloud computing and cloud storage.
He subsequently spent two years as Chief Technology Officer of internet protocol operator SMG BesTV New Media, and a year as Vice President of Technology for Walmart’s e-commerce business in China.
In 2013, Lee purchased and became CEO of China’s oldest bitcoin exchange, BTC China (now BTCC), which was established in 2011. Under his leadership, the company grew to become one of the largest bitcoin exchanges globally, also offering a mining pool, physical bitcoins, payment processing and consumer wallets.
Following the announcement of a Chinese ban on bitcoin trading in September 2017, BTCC ceased domestic trade of cryptocurrency, although it continues to operate internationally.
Lee holds a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He also earned an EMBA degree from CEIBS in China. He currently serves on the board of the Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the adoption of bitcoin globally.
Bobby Lee is the brother of litecoin creator Charlie Lee.