Driven by a passion to connect people with information, Yiming Zhang founded ByteDance in 2012. With a natural instinct for new technologies and social trends, Yiming saw an opportunity to combine the power of artificial intelligence with the growth of mobile internet to revolutionize the way people consume and receive information. This made ByteDance one of the first companies to launch mobile-first products powered by machine learning technology. Our vision is to build highly inclusive and diverse platforms - we aim to not just deliver information but serve as a creative hub, hosting and nurturing creators. This belief guides our strategy in product development. Alongside our flagship product Toutiao, the largest content discovery and creation platform in China, we have also developed a diverse portfolio of products that are popular around the world, most notably musical.ly and TopBuzz.
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.