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Zhang Yiming

Bytedance founder Zhang to devote future time to “longer-term initiatives” at the company.

It is fair to say that Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming is not a particularly talented manager. That may sound silly because, within nine years, he has created a digital platform with his Chinese start-up that has kept its customers worldwide glued to their screens longer than Facebook, Instagram, and the like. But Zhang made this claim himself just a few days ago. And he did so just a few months after his video portal TikTok took over the world’s top spot in the battle for Internet users’ attention for the first time.

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