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Bytedance's Jinri Toutiao Names CHEN Lin As New Chief Executive Officer
Bytedance's Jinri Toutiao Names CHEN Lin As New Chief Executive Officer
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Toutiao Toutiao

On November 17, CHEN Lin(陈林)gave his first speech at a conference held by Jinri Toutiao(今日头条) publically as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jinri Toutiao. ZHANG Yiming(张一鸣)is the founder and CEO of ByteDance(字节跳动), who used to be mentioned as CEO of  Jinri Toutiao often.

Bytedance, the owner of China's popular content platform Jinri Toutiao, is a leading internet company operating several machine learning-enabled content platforms worldwide. The company now has a mission to become the most successful globalized Chinese company. CAI Qi (蔡奇), the current Communist Party Secretary of Beijing visited the company on November 13 this Tuesday, proposed the expectation. 

ByteDance was founded by serial entrepreneur ZHANG Yiming in 2012. Unlike the traditional way of searching, its core product Jinri Toutiao provides users a new way to receive customized contents, and the more users clicked on content, the more Jinri Toutiao learned their interests, more accurate recommendations will follow, the so-called AI technologies become its magic winning weapons. 

Except for Jinri Toutiao, ByteDance also owns Tik Tok, Muscal.ly, BuzzVideo, Vigo Video, News Republic and so on. According to the official data, Daily active users (DAU) of ByteDance reached 300 million this March, even surpassed the long-standing giant Baidu, which made ByteDance the most popular content platform in China. 

From September to October 2018, ByteDance finished a USD 4 billion Pre-IPO round investment from Softbank, KKR, General Atlantic, Primavera, H Capital, at the value of more than USD 75 billion, which made the company the most valuable startup in the world. Now ByteDance is the third valuable internet company in China only after Alibaba, Tencent. Baidu, one of “BAT”, a club of three largest internet companies since a decade ago, its market value is USD 64.5 billion on November 15, 2018.

ByteDance has accelerated its global expansion since 2018, now ByteDance operates in Japan, South Korea, ASEAN, North America, Europe, Brazil and India, and has more than 150 million daily active users in overseas markets. Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu, though started their internationalization much earlier, the achievements are less bright compared to ByteDance. 

ByteDance has been actively recruiting the international teams to localize its operation, but risks remain huge; the authorities in Indonesia banned Tik Tok this year for hosting “negative” content. 

——Author: YuanPu; Write to YuanPu at YuanPu@EqualOcean.com 

Enterprises Information

TouTiao is a recommendation system product based on data mining that recommends valuable, personalized information to users in China.
CATEGORIES: Big Data
Last Funding Type
Series A
Number of Employees
2000+
Number of Funding Rounds
1
Total Funding Amount
5.00M
Bytedance owns a series of content platforms that enable people to connect with, consume, and create content.
CATEGORIES: Technology
Last Funding Type
Pre-IPO
Number of Employees
30000+
Number of Funding Rounds
7
Total Funding Amount
7.10B

Enterprises Information

Toutiao
TouTiao is a recommendation system product based on data mining that recommends valuable, personalized information to users in China.
CATEGORIES: Big Data
Last Funding Type
Series A
Number of Employees
2000+
Number of Funding Rounds
1
Total Funding Amount
5.00M
ByteDance
Bytedance owns a series of content platforms that enable people to connect with, consume, and create content.
CATEGORIES: Technology
Last Funding Type
Pre-IPO
Number of Employees
30000+
Number of Funding Rounds
7
Total Funding Amount
7.10B

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