Yingzhi Yang

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.
Yingzhi Yang
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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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.

14 May 2019 - 6:31PM

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
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

7 May 2019 - 10:43PM

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
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.

6 May 2019 - 6:30AM

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
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.

1 May 2019 - 6:20AM

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
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

30 Apr 2019 - 10:15PM

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
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.

18 Apr 2019 - 10:36PM

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
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

28 Apr 2019 - 1:28AM

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
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?

13 Apr 2019 - 6:41AM

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
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

28 Apr 2019 - 1:29AM

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
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

11 Apr 2019 - 11:05PM

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
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.

11 Apr 2019 - 5:14AM

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
‘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

29 Mar 2019 - 10:20AM

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
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.

27 Mar 2019 - 5:44AM

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?
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.

20 Mar 2019 - 8:42AM

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
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.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:32AM

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
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.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:35AM

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
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.

14 Mar 2019 - 7:01AM

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
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.

14 Mar 2019 - 4:25PM

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
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

8 Mar 2019 - 12:59PM

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
Xiaomi sets up artificial intelligence and big data departments to sharpen focus in tech race

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says that technology is a “matter of life and death” and the latest reshuffle was to enhance the company’s “engineer culture”.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:00PM

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says that technology is a “matter of life and death” and the latest reshuffle was to enhance the company’s “engineer culture”.

Xiaomi sets up artificial intelligence and big data departments to sharpen focus in tech race
US ban on Huawei’s 5G technology could be a blessing in disguise for the Chinese brand, say PR experts

Charm offensive by Chinese telecoms firm comes amid US-led pushback against its 5G equipment over national security concerns.

26 Feb 2019 - 12:42PM

Charm offensive by Chinese telecoms firm comes amid US-led pushback against its 5G equipment over national security concerns.

US ban on Huawei’s 5G technology could be a blessing in disguise for the Chinese brand, say PR experts
Did Donald Trump just give Huawei a pass?

US President Donald Trump said he wants the US to ‘win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies’.

23 Feb 2019 - 9:57AM

US President Donald Trump said he wants the US to ‘win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies’.

Did Donald Trump just give Huawei a pass?
Bytedance said to be sounded out by authorities about listing on Shanghai’s new tech board

Bytedance said to be contacted by authorities about possible Shanghai tech board list but other funding options also available

22 Feb 2019 - 9:03AM

Bytedance said to be contacted by authorities about possible Shanghai tech board list but other funding options also available

Bytedance said to be sounded out by authorities about listing on Shanghai’s new tech board
Xiaomi unveils new flagship smartphone, naming Chinese singer as brand ambassador to pump up domestic sales
Baidu bucks the capital winter to play catch-up to Alibaba, Tencent in outside investments
Chinese smartphone brands strengthen their grip on India, with Xiaomi displacing Samsung from top spot

Xiaomi’s total smartphone shipments in India reached 41.1 million last year, representing 59 per cent year-on-year growth.

12 Feb 2019 - 3:59PM

Xiaomi’s total smartphone shipments in India reached 41.1 million last year, representing 59 per cent year-on-year growth.

Chinese smartphone brands strengthen their grip on India, with Xiaomi displacing Samsung from top spot
China’s ‘easy’ money days over as value of venture capital deals plunges 67.5 per cent in January

Investments for the month totalled US$4.3 billion, representing a 67.5 per cent year-on-year slide and 31.7 per cent month-on-month slump.

12 Feb 2019 - 4:58PM

Investments for the month totalled US$4.3 billion, representing a 67.5 per cent year-on-year slide and 31.7 per cent month-on-month slump.

China’s ‘easy’ money days over as value of venture capital deals plunges 67.5 per cent in January
Asian cities are competing to woo tech start-ups with incentives

These cities have strong economies, business-friendly policies and well-developed infrastructure.

6 Feb 2019 - 11:33AM

These cities have strong economies, business-friendly policies and well-developed infrastructure.

Asian cities are competing to woo tech start-ups with incentives
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said to plot China comeback with ‘shared kitchen’ business

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is partnering with Zhang Yanqi, former COO at bicycle-sharing firm Ofo, sources say.

1 Feb 2019 - 1:30PM

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is partnering with Zhang Yanqi, former COO at bicycle-sharing firm Ofo, sources say.

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said to plot China comeback with ‘shared kitchen’ business
Can WeChat defend its social media predominance by blocking its competitors?

The Tencent-owned super app turned eight years old this month amid criticism about its monopolistic behaviour

29 Jan 2019 - 6:35AM

The Tencent-owned super app turned eight years old this month amid criticism about its monopolistic behaviour

Can WeChat defend its social media predominance by blocking its competitors?