Bike-sharing has been spreading like wildfire as different companies and backers enter the field. TechNode has already taken a look at the bikes from the users’ perspective. However, this is only one side of the story: these companies differentiate themselves not just by user expereince, but also in business model.

Technode interviewed Joe Xia, founder and CTO of Mobike, to gain insight into the theory behind the bikes.

Mobike claims to be part of the sharing economy along with companies like Airbnb and Uber. However, you don’t actually faciliatate people sharing what they own, manufacturing your own bikes instead. How do you respond when people say you’re more like a B2C rental service?

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MJ explores the startup community across a variety of industries. MJ is particularly interested in O2O and Big Data. MJ is based in Shanghai.