China provided good examples of monetizing content business and helping KOLs monetize their knowledge and experiences. Now we are seeing how Chinese companies’ ideas are influencing Silicon Valley companies. Chinese knowledge sharing startup Fenda told TechNode that they had influenced the initial idea of the Silicon Valley startup Whale.

Of course, running a startup is about execution, and figuring out chicken and egg doesn’t matter in the fierce competition of startups. However, Fenda is a good example to show that China is building up its originality in startup ideas, execution, and spreading the words out.

Fenda is a Chinese Q&A platform that allows users to ask any questions to a KOL (key opinion leader), by betting RMB 1 – 500 for their answers. According to VP of Fenda Yang Lu, the partner at Y Combinator Justin Kan was inspired by Fenda’s idea to develop Whale, an online Q&A community app.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com