ByteDance is a Chinese Internet technology company operating several machine learning-enabled content platforms such as TikTok, Toutiao, Xigua Video, and more. The company was valued at $78 billion as of November 2018 and is considered one of the most valuable unicorns in the world. It was founded by Zhang Yiming in 2012.
Yiming Zhang is the founder and CEO of ByteDance. A lifelong entrepreneur, prior to ByteDance Yiming founded several ventures including a real estate search portal. Previously, he served as the Director of Technology at Kuxun, then the dominant travel and transportation search engine in China, where he led a team of more than 40 engineers. Kuxun was later acquired by TripAdvisor. Yiming has received numerous industry accolades, including being named to Forbes China’s "30 Under 30" list, as well as Fortune China’s lists of "40 Business Elites Under The Age Of 40" and "50 Business Pioneers In China".Yiming holds a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Nankai University.