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Taobao Dissolves Its Digital Publishing Division

Rumors have circulated for some time that Taobao Read (our translation), the digital publishing business of Alibaba Group, was dissolved last month. An anonymous Taobao Read employee and other people close to the matter have confirmed the closure at Zhihu.com, a Quora-like Q&A and content sharing platform. The Taobao Read app and published e-books currently […]

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TechCrunch Shanghai 2015 Speaker Lineup: Meet The Top Female VCs From China

In a traditionally male-oriented field, entrepreneurship can be tough for women. In order to avoid some of the prejudices or miscommunication with male investors, some woman entrepreneurs specifically seek out female investors when raising cash for their startups. According to a Fortune Magazine analysis from February 2014, just 4 percent of senior partners at venture […]

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Rural China: The Next Battlefield for Domestic E-commerce

China’s urban e-commerce market is nearing saturation after years of explosive growth, a trend leading China’s online retailers to address the untapped markets in rural areas. Nearly 50% of the country’s 1.36 billion population lives in rural areas; however, less than 30% of rural residents are online and only 10% have bought things online, according to […]