GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Liu Zhen, the Senior Vice President of Bytedance (Toutiao), one of the fastest growing Chinese tech start-up that has made a lot of headlines. You may know Bytedance through its flagship product, Jinri Toutiao (今日头条), a content discovery and recommendation mobile app platform that uses artificial intelligence to recommend content to its users. What you maybe less familiar with is that Bytedance also owns some of the most popular short video apps in China, and has demonstrated its global vision with its recent merger with Musical.ly, a top ranking short video app in many countries with hundreds of millions of users, and a GGV portfolio company. Prior to Bytedance, Liu Zhen led Uber’s China team before it was acquired by Didi Chuxing (a GGV portfolio company) in 2016.
From being a lawyer in Silicon Valley, to helping Uber scale in China, to spearheading Bytedance’s global expansion, Zhen had unique experiences that inform her views on the tech ecosystem in China and the US.