I flashed MIUI few days ago and I'm pretty excited about it. I tried to find some information about how it started but I failed. There's no about page, nothing on Wikipedia.. at least not in English. It's really weird, because when you look at it and compare to other roms, this doesn't look like something done by enthusiastic community in their free time. I found this http://technode.com/2011/01/13/why-xiaomi-raised-35millions-to-design-a-real-phone/ which would explain the financing and the purpose of MIUI (we're just beta-testers for some new commercial phone) however the article was published in January 2011 and AFAIK the development started several months sooner. So how MIUI originated? Was is from the beginning an "evil" plan against Apple? Or was it started as some kind of student project which turned out to be very perspective and attracted investors?