Momo, the Chinese LBS provider, has been on a wild ride since the start. Merely a year after the service was offered, Momo has already garnered more than 20 million users. In its lasted round of fundraising, Momo was valued at $100 million dollars based on exactly $0 of revenue.

Since imitation is the more sincere form of flattery, especially since we are talking about China, it is not surprising that one of the big dogs is doing something about Momo’s success. Couple of days ago, Momo alleged that Sina Weibo, the dominant social media platform in China, is copying Momo’s service almost brick by brick.

One cannot but help sympathize with Momo’s plight. Building a good product and have it become a sensation almost overnight is not an everyday occurrence. Since Momo is using the classic internet strategy of expanding now, get paid later, Sina’s aggression could result in Momo getting nothing at all for its hard work and good luck.

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Yang Wang

Yang is currently the brand and media director at Elitime Media & Consulting. He has published and translated seven books, and several of his works have been translated and published in areas such...