Zhang Yiming, founder of TikTok, owner ByteDance, is poised for the global stage

BEIJING/hong KONG (reuters) – The founder of China’s ByteDance, owner of the wildly successful TikTok app, and has for many years sought to ByteDance is the first Chinese company to compete against AMERICAN internet giants on the world stage. On Thursday, Zhang Yiming is an important move in order to achieve that.

Zhang Yiming, founder and global CEO of ByteDance, is in Palo Alto, California, united states, March 4, by the year 2020. The photo was taken on March 4 by the year 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The creation of a new leadership for the ByteDance in China, Zhang said in a letter to employees that he would now focus on international expansion and new initiatives, such as the education system.

In a recent, exclusive interview with Reuters, Zhang spoke expansively of his vision of the ByteDance as an international company, in an image of Google and Facebook, as it offers a national-security review by the united states government about the TikTok and the details of the practice. Some of the services provided by the U.S. government, is prohibited by the use of TikTok about the security of your data.

“There are a lot of misconceptions out there,” Zhang said in a hotel room in New York city, where he spoke to Reuters via a video call, and with the help of ByteDance of the work, the productivity app is a Lark. “We are located in a variety of markets than people think.”

TikTok has taken the social media world by storm, especially in the United States of america, arch ByteDance to a valuation of the sources told Reuters, in the neighborhood of $100 billion in the secondary market.

It was not just down to luck, people who know him.

At the beginning of 2013, when the company was just a year old and hardly have any income, Zhang began planning a global expansion, according to John Wang, one of the first investors in the ByteDance is the managing director of the GAMES to China.

Zhang said on Wang, on the many meetings and phone calls, he is believed to be AI-based recommendation algorithms are used in the Chinese-language news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, it could be extended to a variety of languages and formats.

“The means by which, at the time, it seemed to be far from sufficient for the achievement of its overall goals,” Wang said.


TikTok has been in discussions with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States of america on measures to prevent the sale of the the assets acquired and subsequently integrated with the TikTok, the sources said. Exhorting cfius review, it came to be in the middle of the growing U.S.-China tensions, the U.S. is concern over how the user data would have to be dealt with.

ByteDance has also been working to separate the TikTok of a lot of Chinese companies are wanting to give up exhorting cfius to the insurance coverage, Reuters reported.

“I’m not directly involved in the situation,” Zhang said, when he was asked about how to have the conversation by exhorting cfius would be to go. He said: “it seems as though he’s “very optimistic” about the company and its interaction with the united states government.

Zhang declined to comment on the question of whether exhorting cfius was very happy with the TikTok, the current processing of the data.

Earlier this week, the company announced that it had made a “transparency center” in Los Angeles, to demonstrate to regulators and the public on how the management of the information and content on the platform.

One of the important ByteDance investor, told Reuters that some investors had suggested that a spin-off of the TikTok last year, but the company does not consider that an option. Sources familiar with the company told Reuters, Zhang will retain a majority of the votes of the company, which has raised billions of dollars from prominent investors, including SoftBank Group Corp (9984.(T), KKR & Co., Inc. (“PROGRESS.(N), and coast redwood (Sequoia Capital China).

ByteDance declined to comment.

Its stepped up commitment to the global success of is in the middle of the growing censorship and the risks in China, when the government, by 2018, close to one of the ByteDance the top products, it is a joke app for the “commonplace and vulgar” content.

Zhang said that he spent two-thirds of his time in China last year, and love to enjoy being in the heart of London’s West End, musicals, museums, etc. He plans to spend even more time abroad this year as part of an effort to “understand the context.”


Zhang deliberately borrowed the strategies of its AMERICAN internet giants, such as letters, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.(O) in Google ByteDance, with offices in Beijing, are decorated with posters, including a cover of one of the former Google CEO’s Eric Schmidt’s new book, “How Google Works.”

He has a town hall with speeches every two months, to talk about his bi-monthly goals, in a conscious nod to Google, open culture. He, too, will avoid the Chinese treaty, and it tells employees to call him “the boss” or “CEO”.

And Zhang, highlights the company’s product development, it is already in the world. A new Indian social media app called, He is an example of a product ByteDance has been designed from the ground up for a local farmer’s market. “We believe that in the short term, the digital advertising market in India is small, but the growth potential is huge,” he said.

A lark, and the productivity on the shop-floor app has been optimized for a global roll-out. Before that waste of an original plan to begin with, with a particular focus on China and insisted it be focused on the United States, Europe, and Japan, and from the very beginning, a company source said.

However, there are a number of signs that the political pressure in the united states, a change of plans, a Lark has been moving from a focus on making a big push into the united states markets, such as Japan and Europe, the sources said. A ByteDance a spokesman from Japan, Singapore, south africa and India are the main markets.

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The Chinese version of the Lark, the so-called Feishu, it has recently gained a lot of momentum, such as the corona virus outbreak has led to a sharp increase in the demand for work-from-home, tools.

ByteDance in 2018, began the early stages of the preparations for a foreign-owned float is to compensate for the political uncertainties in the home. At the end of last year, the company has held discussions with Chinese regulators about a possible domestic listing, the sources said, but it’s still preferable to the New York and Hong Kong.

“At the moment, the IPO is not the key, and we do not have any immediate plans,” Zhang said. “But internally, we are preparing, as we are working on an initial public OFFERING.”

Reporting Yingzhi Yang in Beijing and Julie Zhu in Hong Kong; Editing by Jonathan Weber, Lisa Shumaker and Edwina Gibbs

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