We all need to know more about Alibaba, ByteDance and newcomer Zhihu!?
3-in-1: 3 digital news in 1 minute. On Monday. Episode 245
Discover 3 original digital news, invest one minute and be a better professional!
News 1: Palindrome Alizila news blog
Alibaba, the e-commerce and tech giant from China has a blog for the international audience, called Alizila. Today with a comprehensive relaunch — visually and in content. More clients’ testimonials, more video and audio. The blog has been running for 5 years and has a renowned American journalist at the head, Adam Najberg. Opinion for B2B: A very useful blog and newsletter to discover news on the Alibaba conglomerate and insights into China commerce. Obviously the blog depicts a “beautiful” world of Chinese commerce and Alibaba. However it is a great source of insights on the complete different logic of China commerce.
News 2: Zhihu — the new newcomer
When a Chinese company considers entering the New York stock exchange, then it is always worth to discover: the newcomer is Zhihu. Zhihu is a question-and-answer site that has been growing fast in China, with 76 million users and 2.5 million paying subscribers. It is often compared to US site Quora. Opinion for B2B: We regularly discover Chinese newcomers on this news blog. Zhihu is an odd one — with doubt on freedom of expression in such a site. They have a column for writers with the headline “write freely, express freely”. In that sense, this IPO filing is an interesting one — they will have to open books.
Q&A, free or not free, for China!
News 3: ByteDance to be big in gaming
The holding behind TikTok is ByteDance and all trend researcher look at their movement. Now they are gathering their activities in gaming under an umbrella and website, Nuverse. ByteDance covers major gaming categories: casual games, battle-royales, fantasy-themed action role-play games (ARPG), shooting games and tactical competitive games. Opinion for B2B: ByteDance is moving and growing, in a way slowly and silently. They now have structured themselves worldwide with the TikTok growth and continue expansion in new revenues. And gaming in China is big money, the basis of revenue of Tencent. Did you know the HQ are on Cayman island?
Ambivalent views on ByteDance Cayman!?
Author is the research team (10 trend scouters) at specialist Space and Lemon (Hamburg, Berlin) — scouting in main tech geographies, in AI development, virtual worlds and e-commerce. Excerpts of research are gathered here in original weekly news since 2016, always with a professional opinion — no re-write of TechCrunch. Research time: March 2021.
Come back next Monday and share your opinion.