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US firm says ofo leading bike rental race in China

The public spat between Tencent’s CEO Pony Ma and GSR Ventures managing director Zhu Xiaohu over who is the most popular bike rental platform has added fuel to China’s already heated bike rental industry. The discussions between investment moguls make it difficult for onlookers to dig up into the correct figures in the burgeoning market. Even […]

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[Updated] The bike-rental war is creating unsustainable demand for bikes

China’s booming bike-sharing business has been disrupting the country’s traditional bike industry landscape, while also being acclaimed by city travelers for playing its part in cracking the hard nut of the last kilometer of their journey. After receiving multi-billion RMB investments from 30-some institutional investors, major bike-sharing services Mobike, Ofo, and their competitors have been […]

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Top 15 apps you need for living in China

Say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and welcome your new favorite apps. Here is everything you will need to navigate your China life. 1. Communication: WeChat (微信) The app to rule them all, WeChat is the very definition of indispensable in China. This is where you will connect with your friends, communicate with your […]

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Are China’s bike-sharing platforms really part of the sharing economy?

China’s O2O market has seen quite a few companies doing interesting things, some succeeding, some failing. The latest hot vertical is bike-sharing. According to the China’s bike sharing industry mini-report by China Channel, Mobike (backed by Tencent and Foxconn) and Ofo (backed by Didi and Xiaomi) are clear market leaders amongst growing competitors. Founded in January 2015, the […]

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China Transportation Wars 2.0: Bike Sharing

The dust kicked up by ride sharing has settled, but the air is again charged with electricity. This time, it’s bike sharing, and companies are losing no time stocking up on ammo. The latest news is that Ofo, a dockless bike sharing company which started on campus, has completed a C round totaling 130 million […]