Yingzhi Yang

Beijing

Yingzhi Yang

Reporter, Technology

Yingzhi Yang is a Beijing-based technology reporter focusing on the rise and fall of tech firms in China and impact they exert in domestic and international society.

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Alibaba confirms it is mulling further investment in bike-sharing start-up Hellobike

A survivor of the bike-sharing wars in China, Shanghai-based Hellobike continues to raise capital for its business transformation

A survivor of the bike-sharing wars in China, Shanghai-based Hellobike continues to raise capital for its business transformation

Alibaba confirms it is mulling further investment in bike-sharing start-up Hellobike
28 Jun 2019 - 10:50PM
DJI moves some production to US and says in open letter its drones do not send data to China

DJI said discussions at a US Senate hearing ‘included inaccurate information and speculation about drone use and technology’.

DJI said discussions at a US Senate hearing ‘included inaccurate information and speculation about drone use and technology’.

DJI moves some production to US and says in open letter its drones do not send data to China
25 Jun 2019 - 9:51PM
Women in tech: How Esther Wong rose from IT support in America to senior management at China’s AI champion SenseTime

As the company’s managing director and head of strategic investments, Wong has focused on deals within the AI ecosystem and finding long-term strategic partners.

As the company’s managing director and head of strategic investments, Wong has focused on deals within the AI ecosystem and finding long-term strategic partners.

Women in tech: How Esther Wong rose from IT support in America to senior management at China’s AI champion SenseTime
25 Nov 2019 - 11:07AM
TikTok owner ByteDance gathers 1 billion monthly active users across its apps

Short-video sharing platform TikTok – where users can watch as well as create short videos with music, stickers and animation as special effects – has become a global hit.

Short-video sharing platform TikTok – where users can watch as well as create short videos with music, stickers and animation as special effects – has become a global hit.

TikTok owner ByteDance gathers 1 billion monthly active users across its apps
21 Jun 2019 - 10:23PM
ByteDance poaches from Facebook to power short video app TikTok’s global expansion

Former Facebook executive Blake Chandlee has been named the head of strategic partnerships at TikTok.

Former Facebook executive Blake Chandlee has been named the head of strategic partnerships at TikTok.

ByteDance poaches from Facebook to power short video app TikTok’s global expansion
18 Jun 2019 - 6:00AM
Inside Huawei’s secretive plans to develop an operating system to rival Google’s Android

Google and Microsoft, whose Android and Windows software Huawei largely relies upon in its laptops and tablets, have both suspended access for new Huawei devices.

Google and Microsoft, whose Android and Windows software Huawei largely relies upon in its laptops and tablets, have both suspended access for new Huawei devices.

Inside Huawei’s secretive plans to develop an operating system to rival Google’s Android
12 Jun 2019 - 5:47AM
World’s biggest unicorn ByteDance acquires 30 per cent of Chinese online sports forum Hupu

Beijing-based ByteDance has recently made forays into various business sectors as it expands its reach.

Beijing-based ByteDance has recently made forays into various business sectors as it expands its reach.

World’s biggest unicorn ByteDance acquires 30 per cent of Chinese online sports forum Hupu
6 Jun 2019 - 10:05PM
Women in tech: GGV Capital’s Jenny Lee reflects on investing in China’s technology market

Her work as a venture capitalist in China has veered from analysing companies and deals to being a psychiatrist or even a marriage counsellor when needed.

Her work as a venture capitalist in China has veered from analysing companies and deals to being a psychiatrist or even a marriage counsellor when needed.

Women in tech: GGV Capital’s Jenny Lee reflects on investing in China’s technology market
31 May 2019 - 8:28PM
China’s Meituan Dianping narrows losses, pushes forward grocery retail initiatives

Food delivery services giant posted better-than-expected 70.1 per cent growth in first-quarter revenue to 19.2 billion yuan.

Food delivery services giant posted better-than-expected 70.1 per cent growth in first-quarter revenue to 19.2 billion yuan.

China’s Meituan Dianping narrows losses, pushes forward grocery retail initiatives
24 May 2019 - 8:00AM
Chinese drone maker DJI monitors US blacklist as it develops own tech

A US warning on the security risks of Chinese-made drones has raised the spectre of DJI being placed under a trade ban.

A US warning on the security risks of Chinese-made drones has raised the spectre of DJI being placed under a trade ban.

Chinese drone maker DJI monitors US blacklist as it develops own tech
31 May 2019 - 8:26PM
China’s Xiaomi pushes global smartphone expansion as it monitors US trade ban on Huawei

Beijing-based Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest smartphone supplier, shipped 27.9 million handsets in the first quarter.

Beijing-based Xiaomi, the world’s fourth largest smartphone supplier, shipped 27.9 million handsets in the first quarter.

China’s Xiaomi pushes global smartphone expansion as it monitors US trade ban on Huawei
31 May 2019 - 8:22PM
Sequoia, Tencent and IDG are the top investors in Chinese unicorns, says report

Report lists 202 Chinese unicorns as of first quarter, with Sequoia China investing in more than 50.

Report lists 202 Chinese unicorns as of first quarter, with Sequoia China investing in more than 50.

Sequoia, Tencent and IDG are the top investors in Chinese unicorns, says report
14 May 2019 - 6:31PM
China’s Meituan Dianping pushes its short delivery service to more customers in search for profit

Meituan Delivery can be accessed on the Meituan super app where users can order takeout, book hotels and buy film tickets among other services

Meituan Delivery can be accessed on the Meituan super app where users can order takeout, book hotels and buy film tickets among other services

China’s Meituan Dianping pushes its short delivery service to more customers in search for profit
7 May 2019 - 10:43PM
Chinese AR start-up develops smart glasses to help police catch suspects

Beijing-based augmented reality firm Xloong has developed smart glasses and helmets used by the Chinese police and military.

Beijing-based augmented reality firm Xloong has developed smart glasses and helmets used by the Chinese police and military.

Chinese AR start-up develops smart glasses to help police catch suspects
6 May 2019 - 6:30AM
ByteDance faces global learning curve as TikTok runs afoul of local regulators

The rapid overseas expansion of TikTok has been marred by regulatory problems in India, the United States and Indonesia.

The rapid overseas expansion of TikTok has been marred by regulatory problems in India, the United States and Indonesia.

ByteDance faces global learning curve as TikTok runs afoul of local regulators
1 May 2019 - 6:20AM
Smartphone maker Xiaomi sets up technical committee to build an engineering culture as it pushes into artificial intelligence

Xiaomi is boosting its tech credentials as it seeks to tap the coming era of artificial intelligence and connected devices known as the Internet of Things

Xiaomi is boosting its tech credentials as it seeks to tap the coming era of artificial intelligence and connected devices known as the Internet of Things

Smartphone maker Xiaomi sets up technical committee to build an engineering culture as it pushes into artificial intelligence
30 Apr 2019 - 10:15PM
Amazon will shutter part of its China e-commerce operations to focus on cross-border sales

US e-commerce giant will end services to third-party merchants on its domestic Chinese market place from middle of July.

US e-commerce giant will end services to third-party merchants on its domestic Chinese market place from middle of July.

Amazon will shutter part of its China e-commerce operations to focus on cross-border sales
18 Apr 2019 - 10:36PM
Short video app TikTok extends reach in global markets, sees in-app purchases surge more than 200 per cent

The rapid growth was mainly driven by India where 88.6 million new users downloaded the app during the period

The rapid growth was mainly driven by India where 88.6 million new users downloaded the app during the period

Short video app TikTok extends reach in global markets, sees in-app purchases surge more than 200 per cent
28 Apr 2019 - 1:28AM
Quantity or quality? China’s ‘996’ work culture comes under scrutiny

With internet growth slowing, venture capital funding harder to find, and lay-offs happening, will Chinese tech workers follow Silicon Valley with a shorter work week?

With internet growth slowing, venture capital funding harder to find, and lay-offs happening, will Chinese tech workers follow Silicon Valley with a shorter work week?

Quantity or quality? China’s ‘996’ work culture comes under scrutiny
13 Apr 2019 - 6:47AM
TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas market

Move to launch music streaming app comes after major labels ask for higher royalty payments for music used on TikTok video platform

Move to launch music streaming app comes after major labels ask for higher royalty payments for music used on TikTok video platform

TikTok owner Bytedance said to be planning Spotify-like music streaming app for overseas market
28 Apr 2019 - 1:29AM
Ant Financial’s mutual aid platform Xiang Hu Bao hits 50 million users

Mutual aid platform wants to provide basic health plans for 300 million people in the coming two years

Mutual aid platform wants to provide basic health plans for 300 million people in the coming two years

Ant Financial’s mutual aid platform Xiang Hu Bao hits 50 million users
11 Apr 2019 - 11:05PM
Xiaomi founder Lei Jun earned almost as much as the company last year but pledged to donate it to charity

Lei Jun’s compensation package last year, almost as much as Xiaomi’s net profit, was considered a one-time bonus for his ‘devotion’ to the company before its IPO.

Lei Jun’s compensation package last year, almost as much as Xiaomi’s net profit, was considered a one-time bonus for his ‘devotion’ to the company before its IPO.

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun earned almost as much as the company last year but pledged to donate it to charity
11 Apr 2019 - 5:14AM
‘Developers’ lives matter’ – Chinese software engineers use Github to protest against the country’s 996 work schedule

Resentment against long working hours in China’s tech industry is growing among software developers that use the Github open development platform

Resentment against long working hours in China’s tech industry is growing among software developers that use the Github open development platform

‘Developers’ lives matter’ – Chinese software engineers use Github to protest against the country’s 996 work schedule
29 Mar 2019 - 10:20AM
Can China’s tech industry up its game and take the lead when it comes to innovation and research?

Experienced VC investors see change coming but still think Chinese tech companies need to do more in the realm of fundamental research.

Experienced VC investors see change coming but still think Chinese tech companies need to do more in the realm of fundamental research.

Can China’s tech industry up its game and take the lead when it comes to innovation and research?
27 Mar 2019 - 5:44AM
Xiaomi rebounds with 13.5 billion yuan annual profit, targets greater international expansion

The Beijing-based tech firm says it was one of the few companies in the smartphone industry to maintain high growth last year.

The Beijing-based tech firm says it was one of the few companies in the smartphone industry to maintain high growth last year.

Xiaomi rebounds with 13.5 billion yuan annual profit, targets greater international expansion
20 Mar 2019 - 8:42AM
TikTok operator ByteDance buys video gaming start-up in move likely to sharpen rivalry with Tencent

China’s internet giants are competing more aggressively, as they seek to offer all-in-one apps to keep users within their ecosystems as much as possible.

China’s internet giants are competing more aggressively, as they seek to offer all-in-one apps to keep users within their ecosystems as much as possible.

TikTok operator ByteDance buys video gaming start-up in move likely to sharpen rivalry with Tencent
28 Apr 2019 - 1:32AM
How short video app TikTok became the first Chinese-made app to take the world by storm

TikTok’s rise to international stardom has not been an overnight success story and Bytedance has had to go through a trial and error process to crack overseas markets.

TikTok’s rise to international stardom has not been an overnight success story and Bytedance has had to go through a trial and error process to crack overseas markets.

How short video app TikTok became the first Chinese-made app to take the world by storm
28 Apr 2019 - 1:35AM
How China’s online opinion leaders – or KOLs – convert fans to sales, creating a nearly US$9 billion industry

Chinese key opinion leaders more easily generate direct sales from fans because the line between entertainment and commerce is more blurred in China.

Chinese key opinion leaders more easily generate direct sales from fans because the line between entertainment and commerce is more blurred in China.

How China’s online opinion leaders – or KOLs – convert fans to sales, creating a nearly US$9 billion industry
14 Mar 2019 - 7:02AM
China’s on-demand delivery providers to tighten merchant inspection, as regulator finds 35,000 illegal restaurants on their platforms

The Beijing Market Supervision Administration has initiated more than 2,100 cases against illegal food merchants listed with popular on-demand delivery platforms.

The Beijing Market Supervision Administration has initiated more than 2,100 cases against illegal food merchants listed with popular on-demand delivery platforms.

China’s on-demand delivery providers to tighten merchant inspection, as regulator finds 35,000 illegal restaurants on their platforms
14 Mar 2019 - 4:25PM
Tech culture: Chinese consumers are buying cars online using VR, without kicking the proverbial tyre

A younger demographic is driving growth in the online second-hand car market in China and they are using new technology to do it

A younger demographic is driving growth in the online second-hand car market in China and they are using new technology to do it

Tech culture: Chinese consumers are buying cars online using VR, without kicking the proverbial tyre
8 Mar 2019 - 12:59PM