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Analyse Asia Podcast: Xiaomi Part (1/2) – Team, History, And Products

http://media.blubrry.com/analyseasia/content.blubrry.com/analyseasia/Episode_129__Xiaomi_-_Team_History_Products_with_Eva_Xiao.mp3 Eva Xiao from TechNode joined us in a two part episode on one of China’s top unicorns: Xiaomi. We traced the history of the company starting from the founders of the company, most notably Lei Jun and Bin Lin, and how they managed to bring in top talent such as Hugo Barra into the […]

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TechNode’s Top 10 “Other” Stories of 2016

It’s official: 2016 is finally over. From celebrity deaths to surpise elections, no one could have predicted how it went. That certainly is true for us at TechNode as well. After delving into our top posts for many different verticals, we all agree that 2016 was disappointing, unpredictable, but also amazing in it’s own way. […]

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Xiaomi Launches Electric Mosquito Repellent Device

Last month, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun set out an ambitious three-year roadmap for the company which involved transforming the company into a variety store of “about 40 kinds of electronic products.” It appears the internet giant has come one product closer to that goal with the release of a USB electric mosquito repellent device. The gadget is […]

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Is Xiaomi Pivoting Away From Smartphones?

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun wanted to make one thing clear when he spoke at the Summer Davos event in Tianjin on Monday: “Xiaomi was never meant to be just a smartphone vendor.” The company, which rocketed to fame through mega-sales of budget smartphones, is now stepping back from its revenue-driving product, amid a stagnating smartphone market and […]

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Xiaomi Tests Out Online Banking

It’s no secret that Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi has bigger plans than just making smart hardware, and an important part of its ambition is online finance, a business that has become an absolute must for almost all Chinese internet giants. As a further move towards the goal, Xiaomi invested 885 million RMB ($115 million USD) in […]

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China’s underground anime fan culture is changing how brands market in China

Some Chinese tech firms get all the attention. BATJ, Xiaomi, ofo, and all the “sharing economy” startups have dominated headlines over the past few years. However, there is another group of companies who choose to keep a relatively low profile but are nonetheless an important part of China’s ever-growing tech landscape. Bilibili might be a lesser-known name […]

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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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Xiaomi Buys 1500 Patents From Microsoft

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi struck a deal with Microsoft to purchase around 1,500 patents from the latter for an undisclosed sum, the U.S. company announced on Wednesday. The announcement was made yesterday when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella visited Beijing. The sale involves patents in voice communications, multimedia and cloud computing sectors, while the licensing portion include wireless communications patents […]

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