Hugo Barra made waves back in 2013 when he left Android in favour of Chinese company, Xiaomi. With this move, many expected the company to finally find its way to Europe and North America, but sadly that never happened. Now, it seems Barra is keen to return to Silicon Valley and leave Xiaomi behind.
In a post on Facebook, Barra revealed that his time at Xiaomi was “the greatest and most challenging adventure of my life,” adding that he feels he’s leaving the company in a “good place on its global expansion path.”
However the reason for Barra’s departure wasn’t just for a change of scenery, he admitted in the post that “living in such a singular environment has taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health.”
While Xaiomi have been doing well for themselves, especially since Barra arrived at the company, Xaiomi have yet to find their way to the US. Sure, you can purchase the company’s Mi Box online, Xiaomi’s smartphones are still unavailable unless imported. Even then, most of them are unlikely to work on US LTE networks.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently revealed that while the success of the company in the past couple of years is a “miracle”, the rapid growth was a little too unsustainable.
“In the first few years, we pushed ahead too fast. We created a miracle, but also drew on some long-term growth,” he said. “We have to slow down, further improve in some areas, and ensure sustainable growth for a long-term future.”
As for Barra, he’ll be leaving Xaiomi in February after Chinese New Year where he plans to take some time off before returning to Silicon Valley on a brand new venture, so watch this space.