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Bike-rental firms confirm in-app balance refundable, but still not easy

Five bike-rental firms made it clear that users can get back their in-app balance, following their statement weeks ago that bike-rental deposits are secure and are totally refundable, local media is reporting. Bike-rental firms including Mobike, ofo, Bluegogo, and UniBike made the statement at a conference hosted in Beijing yesterday by the China Consumers Association […]

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On April Fool’s Day, one joke gets opposite reactions from China’s bike rental companies

Ah, it’s that time of year again: when the unsuspecting are caught unawares by the unstoppable forces of time. April Fool’s has become a time-honored tradition for those in tech, a time for everyone to flex their humor muscles and devise sometimes silly, sometimes outlandish, and sometimes very believable news stories and announcements. The best […]

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Ofo signs partnership with Huawei and China Telecom, finally becoming a technology company

Yesterday, Ofo has announced a partnership deal (in Chinese) with China Telecom (中国电信) and Huawei. The partnership will see China Telecom providing wireless data access, Huawei providing NB-IoT chips (PDF), and Ofo providing the bikes. The announcement emphasized a big pain point for the company: their technology. At this point, it’s fairly clear that Mobike and Ofo […]

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Three keys for Asian startups to go global

We are seeing Asian startups expanding globally. This year, most notably Chinese bike rental companies Mobike and Ofo have expanded to Asian, North Americna and European markets. Chinese smartphone manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi have been also successful in expanding to Southeast Asia and India. So what are the keys for Asian startups to go global? […]