We are building the future of content discovery and creation.

ByteDance's content platforms enable people to enjoy content powered by AI technology. We inform, entertain, and inspire people across language, culture and geography.


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 global creation and interaction 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.

History and Milestones

Yiming Zhang established ByteDance in Beijing, China.

March 2012

ByteDance launched its flagship product Toutiao, a mobile content discovery platform.

August 2012

ByteDance launched its first international product TopBuzz.

August 2015

ByteDance founded the AI Lab, a research center that focuses on state-of-the-art AI technology.

March 2016

ByteDance acquired Flipagram, a US-based short video platform.

Februray 2017

ByteDance acquired News Republic, a global mobile news aggregator.

November 2017

ByteDance acquired musical.ly, a global video community that celebrates creativity through the combination of short videos and music.

November 2017

Yiming Zhang

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.


In December 2016, ByteDance invested in Indian vernacular content aggregator Dailyhunt.

In 2016, ByteDance invested in Indonesian news recommendation platform BaBe.

In November 2017, ByteDance and Cheetah Mobile entered strategic cooperation on personalized content delivery services. Cheetah Mobile's users will be able to access ByteDance's personalized content delivery services in the global market.


In Sept 2017, ByteDance and China Women's Development Foundation established a strategic partnership to jointly promote "Operation Smile for Mothers" project, which aids children with cleft conditions to receive free surgical treatment, through the time donation charitable platform on Toutiao.

In Dec 2017, ByteDance forged a global strategic partnership with EQUALS, a joint initiative of UN Women and ITU, the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies. ByteDance will work with EQUALS on programs in China that will empower women and girls by facilitating access to the opportunities of the digital economy.

In Dec 2017, ByteDance announced a partnership with the Tsinghua University School of Public Administration to establish the Innovation and Governance Center, which will focus on researching the social impact of, and response to, new technologies.

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