Not long after Chinese bike-sharing start-up Ofo withered away, its longtime rival Mobike has begun to withdraw from overseas markets.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” — Charles Dickens
Here is this week’s roundup of China tech stories.
“It will take 3.6 years to get my deposit back,” a reporter from Sina wrote. Ofo users have been seen waiting in line in front of the company’s headquarters at Zhongguancun in Beijing for the past few days. The harsh winds of the Beijing winter didn’t stop them from getting their deposit back.
On Nov. 15, Mobike announced that it has struck a partnership with Louis Vuitton, the French luxury brand, in launching location-based services.
This episode of TechBuzz China is our second of two focused on bike-sharing in China.
Ofo dispelled rumors on July 30 that its negotiation with DiDi Chuxing is soon to come to a close.
The Internet age has brought with it the “New Four Great Inventions” of China: high speed trains, scan-and-pay mobile payments, bike-sharing, and ecommerce. This week’s episode is the first in a two-part story on bike-sharing
The Chinese bike-sharing startup ofo confirmed with Quartz that the company is laying off employees in its North American marketing, communications, and engineering teams, along with its recent withdrawal from other markets.
Mobike, one of the world’s largest bike-sharing companies, has just launched its new pedal-assisted electric bikes as well as a deposit refund plan at the launch event on July 5.
On the morning of June 11, Caixin.com revealed that, ofo, the Beijing-based bike-sharing platform, has a 1.5 billion yuan ($234.2 million) deficit with only 3.5 billion yuan left in user deposit.
Radical personnel changes happened to ofo senior management including a massive layoff, according to Chinese media reports. Zhang Yanqi, COO of ofo reportedly resigned and the overseas sales department which he led was dissolved at the same time.
China’s bike-sharing giant, Mobike Technology Co., unveiled its new shared car on April 19 in Beijing. Manufactured by Xinte Electric, a local electric car company out of the Guizhou province of China, the new shared automobile is called “DEV1 shared version”.
Dai Wei, the CEO of bike-sharing platform ofo, turned down a potential takeover by Didi Chuxing and called on employees to “fight until the end,” according to South China Morning Post.
Bike-sharing certainly does not only apply to China. Many Indian companies are now exploring this new business model, with some key similarities and differences between the established Chinese firms such as Ofo and Mobike. Yulu is an Indian bike-sharing startup launched about 3 months ago.