Bytedance CEO Zhang Yiming, the unknown 35-year-old behind the world's most valuable startup

Initial investors were sceptical but six years later, Zhang Yiming has a company that is valued at over $100bn.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/104b-goliath-the-unknown-35-year-old-behind-the-world-s-most-valuable-startup-20181001-p5072r.html

It Built an Empire of GIFs, Buzzy News and Jokes. China Isn’t Amused. - The New York Times

Bytedance, founded six years ago, is now one of the world’s most valuable tech start-ups. But it keeps finding ways to displease Chinese censors.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/technology/china-toutiao-bytedance-censor.html

Toutiao, a Chinese news app that’s making headlines - Dancing to its own tune

WHEN rumours swirled in August that Baidu, a Chinese online-search giant, was buying Toutiao, the scrappy news-aggregation platform reportedly quipped in response that reports had mistaken the buyer for the seller. The firm is proud with good reason.

Source: https://www.economist.com/business/2017/11/18/toutiao-a-chinese-news-app-thats-making-headlines

China’s Toutiao Tried to Buy Reddit — The Information

Jinri Toutiao, the fast-growing $20 billion Chinese news and entertainment giant, tried to buy Reddit last year, according to people familiar with the offer. The previously unreported move reveals the Chinese company’s ambitions to become a global media juggernaut, according to people familiar ...

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/chinas-toutiao-tried-to-buy-reddit

Why is Toutiao, a news app, setting off alarm bells for China's giants? · TechNode

Editor’s note: This originally appeared on China Tech Insights, an English research unit affiliated to Tencent’s Online Media Group. Earlier media …

Source: https://technode.com/2017/08/21/toutiao-bat-alarm-bells/

How a News Startup Caught China’s Tencent by Surprise — The Information

In a lush valley near the ancient Silk Road’s starting point in Western China, young farmer Wang Zheng checks his smartphone for chicken feed tips and egg prices. Mr. Wang is using a news app called Jinri Toutiao—“today’s headlines” in English—whose machine-learning algorithm feeds him ...

Source: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/how-a-news-startup-caught-chinas-tencent-by-surprise

Toutiao: a rising $30 billion USD Chinese tech giant - WalktheChat

China’s largest artificial intelligence (AI)-powered content platform, Toutiao, is getting a lot of media attention. Toutiao is currently looking for a new round of investment, with a $30 billion USD valuation, according to the news website The Information. Today we’ll dig deeper into the Toutiao ecosystem. Toutiao App Toutiao is a news display App. It’s specialized in display algorithms that recommend personalized ... Read More

Source: https://walkthechat.com/toutiao-rising-chinese-tech-giant/

The Insanely Popular Chinese News App That You’ve Never Heard Of - MIT Technology Review

Toutiao uses artificial intelligence to curate headline recommendations.

Source: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603351/the-insanely-popular-chinese-news-app-that-youve-never-heard-of/

Toutiao – Will Machine Learning Take Humans Out of the Equation? - Harvard Business School Digital Initiative

Toutiao, the media giant and new aggregator platform, has created a strong competitive advantage by leveraging machine learning to provide customized content to its readers, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t still rely on top talent to get the job done.

Source: https://digital.hbs.edu/innovation-disruption/toutiao-will-machine-learning-take-humans-equation/

China's $11 Billion News Aggregator Jinri Toutiao Is No Fake

China's news aggregation app Jinri Toutiao, whose name means "today's headlines" in mandarin Chinese, has attracted hundreds of millions of users with artificial intelligence-enabled news feeds.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ywang/2017/05/26/jinri-toutiao-how-chinas-11-billion-news-aggregator-is-no-fake/