Thursday, September 27, 2007

Co-founder Tudou in Amsterdam

This guy, Marc van der Chijs, is a Dutchman who has been living in Shanghai for the last 8 years. I met him at Picnic and he gave a short talk during the HIVOS session I moderated. Check out his blog, but also check his Twitter feed. He's the co-founder of the Chinese equivalent of Youtube, although I would argue that Tudou is probably bigger than Youtube by now (1.2 billion video downloads a month). What surprised me was that Chinese users spend around 40 minutes a session when using their site, much longer than the average Youtube user. Many owners of copyright material are actually approaching them to get their stuff distributed in China, since foreign series do not have wide distribution on Chinese TV stations. Brilliant guy. And modest about his success too.

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