Chen Benfeng, the founder of the red core browser at the cusp of the storm, was in a bit of a loss this time. He rushed back from Shanghai to Beijing for an unconvincing press conference, and besides insisting on a pale explanation of innovation, the pressure of public opinion deprived him of the $250 million he had just won.
Since it happened, I think there should be an attitude to deal with, honesty is the most important, Chen Benfeng told the media on the evening of the 16th, said he flew back to Beijing from Shanghai after the incident, a few hours on the plane is my worst time, because I do not know what the outside world is talking about.
Does browser have standing on giant shoulders and independent innovation?
On Aug. 16, Red Core Time (Beijing) Technology Co., Ltd. was on the cusp of a storm after its Red Core browser was accused of fraud.
The company has been accused of using the Chrome kernel of Googles browser to create a self-controlled domestic browser red-core browser. The day before, the company just announced the completion of a 250 million yuan C round of financing, investors including listed companies, government clients and capital institutions.
Red Core co-founder Gao Jing said in a reply to reporters on the 16th that Red Core browser contains Chrome in it, but not plagiarism, but stand on the shoulders of giants to make innovations, such as intelligent perception rendering engine and application security innovations, these features need to be connected to the cloud services, just look at the installation package is not to see any east. West.
At present, the companys official website no longer provides download links. Users who had previously downloaded the browser told reporters that many files containing Chrome were found after decompressing the software installation package. Not only that, the browser cant access the same page address prompt as Chrome, even copy the product color eggs and even found Chrome logo in the Red Core installation package.
The Beijing News reporter tested the decompression of the red core browser through 7-Zip, which confirmed the discovery of the above users.
Reporters found that the Red Core package and Chrome last support Windows XP version of the installation package layer by layer decompression, there is a sub-folder named chrome-bin containing a large number of folders and files with the same name.
Comparing the two files with the same name using the code comparison tool Total Commander shows that the contents of the two files are the same.
An industry expert told reporters that some of the different files are due to the user interface needs to make corresponding changes to the code, but whether the source code is directly duplicated or not, can not reach a precise conclusion.
That night, Red Core announced that the Red Core browsers kernel was a technological innovation based on the common browser kernel architecture, the Chromium open source project, but not the Chrome browser, and that Redcore was based on Chromium / Blink.
Open data shows that Chromium is an open source Web browser project launched by Google to provide source code for proprietary Chrome browsers, with only differences in functionality and logo. Blink is an engine developed by Google and Opera, and a part of Chromium.
The companys official website also stressed that the Red Core browser kernel breaks the American monopoly, and Chinas first self-innovative smart browser kernel, and compared with Chrome and other browsers, emphasizing the introduction of intelligent authentication engines and other security features. According to the press release, the browsers customers include some state organs, China Truck Group, COSCO Shipping, State Grid, BYD, Hisense, etc.
Prior to this, the company also jointly established with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mobile Applications and Red Cloud Safety Joint Laboratory, said to do China Core.
Since the Snowden Incident, countries have attached great importance to information security, the industry believes that independent security controllable such a publicity approach is easy to get industrial attention. There is an Internet company browser product owner told reporters, if manufacturers re-develop browser products need a lot of investment, and the significance is not very great.
At present, manufacturers generally use the mainstream kernel to develop browser products, shallow layer in the user-oriented experience layer after adding design package release, and in-depth companies will be modified in the kernel layer. In April 2016, Google announced that new browsers would suspend support for Windows XP, which is still widely used by many government and enterprise organizations in the country.
This provides room for survival for Chinese core software companies like red core. Chen Benfeng said that the core layer of Red Core has independent innovation to meet the needs of Chinese enterprise users for office Internet access.
The company listed on the companys failure to invest in red core IDG, morning capital and so on.
In August 15th, red core announced the completion of the 250 million yuan C round of financing. Reporters through the Kaixinbao website query found that the company has completed the D round of financing, not its declared C round of financing. In June this year, the D round of financing was completed, including Dachen Venture Capital, Jingcheng Investment, Star Capital and Nanjing Huiyou Investment Management Co., Ltd.
In addition, according to Kaixinbao, in November 2013, Hongxin received an angel round of 3 million yuan from HKUST; in March 2014, Hongxin received a round of A financing from Tianchuang Capital and Tiger and Childrens Fund; in June 2015, it received a round of B financing from IDG Capital and Morningstar Capital of tens of millions of dollars; in November 2016, Hongxin received a round of 100 million yuan RMB B + financing from Morningstar Venture Capital; and in November 2018, it received a round of B + financing Month, get C financing such as morning sun capital. However, Liu Lili, marketing director of red core company, said the company had no D round of financing.
Liu Qingfeng, chairman of HKUST News Flying, told the Beijing News on August 16 that HKUSTs industrial investment company invested in Red Core Browser in 2013, when it rotated 3 million yuan in angels. The reason for the investment is that Chen Benfeng did his undergraduate thesis in the laboratory of HKUST. Later, the graduate students went to HKUST to study, and then it had nothing to do with the news of HKUST.
Industrial and commercial data show that the investor is Anhui Xunfei Industrial Investment Co., Ltd., which currently holds a 6.95% stake in Hongxin, while the majority shareholder of the company is Liu Qingfeng, chairman of Xunfei of HKUST. Most of its natural shareholders hold positions in HUST. Liu Qingfeng said that Xunfei production and investment is not under the flag of the University of Science and Technology, but the founding team of the University of Science and Technology Xunfei set up an ecological layout investment company.
Whether IDG Capital, which has just announced its investment in Red Core Browser, will be affected by the incident and whether it will consider withdrawing in the future, was not answered by IDG Capital officials as of press release.
Another investor declined to be interviewed, saying there was no way to respond to official news.
Founder Chen Benfengs resume was suspected of fraudulent HKUST Xunfei Chairman Liu Qingfeng denied that he was a co-founder of HKUST Xunfei, an intern, and had no follow-up after the Angel Wheel.
In his official propaganda, Chen Benfeng graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, worked on Microsofts U.S. headquarters IE browser development team, participated in a number of versions of IE browsers. It is also said that Chen Benfeng is a member of the HKUST Xunfei Initial Team and a core R&D engineer who participated in the research and development of Chinese intelligent word segmentation technology.
For online rumors about Chen Benfeng is the founder of HKUST News Flight, chairman of HKUST News Flight Liu Qingfeng told reporters, There is no, at best is a student intern in HKUST News Fly. The reporter inquired the information on the social networking website Lead Ying and found that Chen Benfengs experience in HUST was from 2000 to 2003 when he attended the China University of Science and Technology in Hefei, Anhui Province.
In 2012, Chen Benfeng returned to China to create the cloud adapter. A person with knowledge of the matter said that Microsofts work experience really helped Chen Benfeng to start his own business. Cloud adapter was the second-phase incubation company of Microsoft Speed in China, supported by customer docking, product collaboration and brand communication.
After that, he won many honorary titles, including the 11th batch of 1000 people plan entrepreneurship list in 2015. In 2017, Chen Benfeng told the media that he had made a news aggregation software in Hong Kong to work with Hutchison Whampoa.
Reporter inquiries showed that the project was developed by a research team led by a professor and funded by the Hong Kong government. Chen Benfeng was only one of the participants. In June 2018, the mobile cloud was renamed the red core. Tian Eye Inspection showed that Chen Benfeng and his founder Gao Jing jointly worked in a number of enterprises, the two also jointly established a Beijing Wise Core Technology Partnership, Chen Benfeng with 80% of the investment as a legal person. The companys business projects include technology development, technology promotion, transfer, consultation and service. In Liu Qingfengs opinion, red core is still technical. Many browsers are based on some third-party open source code, do innovation on it, some related to enterprise security, not simply take someone else to change the lower interface. However, how deep is the innovation of red core, and we need to verify with their project. Source: Beijing News reporter: Liang Chen Yang Luping Chen Shiyi editor in charge: Su Hong _NBJ9980
Reporter inquiries showed that the project was developed by a research team led by a professor and funded by the Hong Kong government. Chen Benfeng was only one of the participants.
In June 2018, the mobile cloud was renamed the red core. Tian Eye Inspection showed that Chen Benfeng and his founder Gao Jing jointly worked in a number of enterprises, the two also jointly established a Beijing Wise Core Technology Partnership, Chen Benfeng with 80% of the investment as a legal person. The companys business projects include technology development, technology promotion, transfer, consultation and service.