Few tech startups have taken off as quickly as Beijing-based ByteDance, the creator of the highly popular 15-second video app, TikTok. In just two years, TikTok has emerged to rival companies like Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat, and Facebook with more than one billion downloads in 150 markets worldwide and 75 languages. On the app, homemade videos showcase everything from comedy to lip syncs to dog grooming tips that users create and share on their phones. The scrappy, goofy, fast-moving content has hooked young audiences around the world.
A strategy of
dual versions of TikTok - one for China's internet censored market and another for the rest of the world - could be a new model for other digital content companies aiming for such global reach.
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Alibaba's Jack Ma Steps Down As Executive Chairman:
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CNN International: Interview with Rebecca Fannin, author,
Tech Titans of China
Jack Ma's departure after 20 years at the helm signals the passing of an era in China tech that has become far larger than one person or one tech titan. Now,
Alibaba will have to get used to business without
Jack Ma at crucial time as the US and China are caught in a tech and trade conflict.
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How China has become a global tech and venture superpower.
Jack Ma retiring. To me, his leaving wasn't the biggest news since his departure has been planned for several years and a successor team is in place. Ma will still have influence on the business, too.
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interview in Boston on Sept. 16 with host Linda Polach
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