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8 Lessons from the rise of Douyin (Tik Tok)

Editor’s note: A version of this post by Hans Tung and Zara Zhang first appeared on Han’s blog. Hans Tung is a managing partner at GGV Capital. Zara Zhang is an investment analyst at GGV Capital. ByteDance and Musical.ly are GGV portfolio companies. For more on ByteDance, listen to their interview with Liu Zhen, senior vice president of ByteDance (and […]

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We need a Toutiao for podcasts

Last month, I wrote an op-ed taking a critical eye to the globalization strategy of Bytedance, the Beijing-based parent company of ultra-popular Chinese news aggregation platform Jinri Toutiao. Riding a soaring valuation, Bytedance has stated its ambitions to apply their sophisticated AI-based recommendation engine to platforms aimed at overseas markets. In an ideal situation, this […]