On the heels of Google’s new social search features, I’d like to introduce a Chinese social search startup currently in closed beta: Yunyun.com (云云). Yunyun’s social search merges websites, question-and-answer (Q&A), and Weibo results. Yun means cloud in Chinese and Yunyun has lofty ambitions.
Quora will soon raise a new monster round of financing with some reports placing the valuation at more than one billion dollars. This presumes that the site can reach the mass market, not just a niche audience of tech nerds. Zhihu (知乎) recently received investment from InnovationWorks as TechRice reported yesterday. But can Zhihu become mass market in China?
Zhihu (知乎), China’s Quora clone, and DianDian (点点), China’s Tumblr clone, have both recently moved into InnovationWorks, the startup incubator founded by Kaifu Lee. InnovationWorks is apparently incubating (hosting and mentoring) as well as investing in these firms, though terms have not yet been released.
Quora, a social question and answer site, has absolutely exploded over the past few months. One Quora questioner asks, “What would happen if a website based in China copied everything from Quora?” The answer: it’s called Zhihu (知乎) and we’ll soon find out.
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