This article showcases our top picks for the best China based Content & Publishing companies. These startups and companies operate a variety of Content & Publishing solutions. We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands. Regardless, they are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top China Content & Publishing Companies
DJI develops and manufactures innovative drone and camera technology for commercial and recreational use. Their platforms empower them to capture images that were once out of reach.
Their flying and camera stabilization systems redefine camera placement and motion. Headquartered in Shenzhen, widely considered China’s Silicon Valley, DJI benefits from direct access to the suppliers, raw materials, and young, creative talent pool necessary for sustained success.
Drawing on these resources, they have grown from a single small office in 2006 to a global workforce. Their offices can now be found in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
As a privately owned and operated company, DJI focuses on their own vision, supporting creative, commercial, and nonprofit applications of their technology.. .
Bilibili provides high-quality content and an immersive entertainment experience, and have built their platform based on the strong emotional connections of their users to their content and communities. They started as a content community inspired by ACG, and have evolved into a full-spectrum online entertainment world covering a wide array of genres and media formats, including videos, live broadcasting, and mobile games.
They have a young and culturally aspirational user base willing to invest in a high-quality entertainment experience. Bilibili uses an Adobe Flash or HTML5 player, which can be manually switched, to play user-submitted videos hosted by either itself or third-party sources, while featuring a real-time overlaying subtitle system for interactive playback experience..
Huohua Siwei is an online education platform for K-12 children that specializes in Mathematics and Science. It offers a one-to-many online interactive live small class and strong interactive game links to develop students’ core ability of thinking, concentration, and other core skills.
It is focused on the young mathematics thinking training, which is divided into three modules: spatial thinking and graphics, computing power, and logical reasoning. The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Beijing, China..
Kuaishou is an online video platform that allows its users to broadcast daily activities, habits, and more online. The company is on a mission to increase every individual’s happiness through big data and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Through the sharing of short videos, photos, and live streams, Kuaishou Technology’s ‘equal opportunity’ algorithms and ethical corporate values infuse life to the technology platform. By highlighting a side that’s not often seen, Kuaishou empowers the commoners of China to virtually experience the world by enabling them to engage with fans from all walks of life around the globe while inviting the world into their homes.
While Kuaishou is Kuaishou Technology’s short video platform for the Chinese market, the international version of its app, Kwai, parallels Kuaishou with similar features, but offers localized functions tailored to users from outside of China. It has an average of 275.9 million daily active users.
While access to Kuaishou is free, the company makes money through selling virtual items that users gift to the creators of the videos, online marketing, and commissions from e-commerce sales on the platform. It was launched in 2011 by Su Hua in Beijing, Beijing, China..
Youku is a Chinese video-sharing website that enables users to search, view, and share high-quality video content across multiple devices. Employing the tri-networks integration model, Youku’s online video content ranges from user-generated content and self-produced serials to licensed professional content.
Its platform offers a space for individuals and institutions to upload and share their treasured moments, independent films, viral videos, and other creations. Youku was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange on December 18, 2010.
As of 2007, the company had raised over $40 million in funds, which came from existing investors, including Maverick Capital, Brookside Capital (an affiliate of Bain Capital, LLC), Sutter Hill Ventures, Farallon Capital, and China-based Chengwei Ventures, LLC. In the same year, AC Nelson Co.
announced that Youku’s overall video viewing (VV) rate had exceeded 100 million, and the daily UV rate exceeded 12 million. On March 12, 2012, Youku reached an agreement to acquire Tudou in a stock-for-stock transaction, the new entity being named Youku Tudou, Inc.
Youku’s major competitors include Tencent Video, 163 Video, and Sohu Video.. .
Qutoutiao Inc. is the No.
2 mobile content aggregator in China in terms of monthly average users (MAUs) and daily average users (DAUs). Their flagship mobile application, launched in June 2016, Qutoutiao, meaning “fun headlines” in Chinese, aggregates articles and short videos and presents customized feeds to users.
These feeds are optimized in real time based on each user’s profile, behavior and social relationships through their proprietary AI-empowered content recommendation engine. They represent a new generation of technology-driven content platforms and their technology brings relevant information and entertainment to users, stimulates users’ desire to read, and ultimately improves the knowledge exchange in society.
Their innovative user account system and gamified user loyalty program allows registered users to earn loyalty points by referring new users to register on Qutoutiao, by consuming content or by engaging on Qutoutiao. The gamified loyalty point system not only helps them keep users more engaged and enhance user stickiness, but also enables them to track users’ long-term behavior and optimize content recommendation..
China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd. (Briefly named “China Unicom”) was established on January 6, 2009 on the basis of the former China Unicom and China Netcom, which used to play the important roles on china’s telecom market with their own advantages in different professional areas respectively.
China United Network Communications Group Co.,Ltd (“China Unicom”) was officially established on 6 January 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. It has subsidiaries in 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) across China and many countries and regions around the world..
Mango TV provides television broadcasting services in China. It offers Mango Internet TV channel that provides audiences with films, new movies, TV dramas, variety shows, documentaries, animations, and others; and operates www.hunantv.com, a Website that offers a VOD service for HD TV programs and broadcasts TV dramas, films, variety shows, music videos, and others.
Mango TV also offers Hunan IPTV that provides IPTV services such as live TV broadcasts, playback, VOD, and others and various mobile value-added services. Zhang Yong founded it on May 26, 2006.
Mango TV has its headquarters in Changsha in China. It operates as a subsidiary of Mango Media..
Insta360 is a professional intelligent technology company that offers cameras that empowers people to freely share experiences. The company makes cameras that allow you to share everything, everywhere.
From the 8K Insta360 Pro for professional creators, to the matchlessly versatile Insta360 ONE, Insta360’s cameras allows to capture big moments in immersive detail. Founded in 2014, Insta360 is the world leader in 360-degree cameras.
Based in Shenzhen and immersed in the city’s incomparable hardware ecosystem, Insta360 prides itself on creating groundbreaking products that push the envelope of both performance and accessibility. With an Insta360 camera, users can take 360-degree photos and videos in high definition, and live-stream their experiences directly onto Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social platforms.
When viewed in a VR headset, Insta360 experiences can transport people into places and moments they’ve never before imagined.. .
Yidian Zixun is an interest-oriented mobile news aggregator with search and recommendation technologies to provide its users with personalized content. The company makes profiles for its users based on big data and other technologies to define their interest.
It acquires professionals to produce content and distribute that content to users based on their interests. Moreover, it rewards professionals whose content attracts users most and contributes revenue.
Additionally, it builds its own database for marketing based on users’ interest, such as matching users with advertisements more accurately. The company was founded in 2013 ans is headquartered at Beijing, China..
Dongqiudi provides news, commentaries, league rankings as well as video streams of football matches across the world. It also sells sports wear and related merchandises on its smartphone app.
Dongqiudi has an English-language version called All Football, which according to the company has attracted 50 million users globally. In December 2016, the company raised $61 million in its series C round of financing from investors including Chinese home appliance firm Suning and Sequoia Capital China..
NewsDog is a news and entertainment content aggregator. Moreover, the firm has established a platform called WeMedia.
It allows users to submit stories, and has over 30,000 regular contributors so far. NewsDog competes with players such as Toutiao-backed Dailyhunt, Tiger Global-backed Inshorts, and NewsPoint, owned by Times Internet, part of the group which publishes The Economic Times..
Shanghai Media Group
Shanghai Media Group (SMG) is one of the largest media and entertainment companies in China. SMG boasts the most valuable and comprehensive business portfolio including radio, TV, newspaper and magazine traditional media outlets, TV program/drama and motion picture productions and distribution, multiplatform video distribution such as IPTV and Internet TV, and online video offerings, digital advertising, online and console gaming, TV shopping and ecommerce , live and performing arts and tourism.
By the end of 2013, SMG had RMB 44.6 billion in assets and RMB 21 billion annual income. In terms of media outlets, SMG currently operates 15 satellite and cable networks, including news, entertainment, sports, finance, documentary, children networks, which are based on a free-to-air advertising business model.
Among its assets are China Business News, the premier business news content provider in China since 1993.. .
Ganji.com is a Chinese domestic classified website. As a web portal in China where users publish and exchange information, Ganji.com has been providing a variety of local information, such as estates for rent or sale, jobs, second hand products, used cars, pets, tickets, education, training, group purchase, and more.
Targeting the untapped local business market, Ganji.com is building a massive user- and content-focused online community platform where both the users’ and local merchants’ needs are met. The website aggregates a large amount of real-time information because by the end of June 2011, there were around 890,000 users posting per day.
Launched in 2005, the website has reached users in over 343 cities in China with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. The company completed a $70 million Series C round from Capital Today and Sequoia on May 6, 2011.
China Renaissance acted as the exclusive financial advisor for Ganji.com.. .
Miaopai develops a mobile based application for sharing short videos. Its service now has 70 million daily active users.
Miaopai produces mobile device applications. It offers software products that allow users to customize videos and pictures.
Chan Sheng and Han Kun founded Xuanyixia Technology in 2011 that later became Yixia Tech and then Miaopai. Its headquarters is in Beijing in China..
Next Entertainment is a venture-funded company focused on changing the way people find, watch, and interact with video. Founded by Andy Zhong, Next Entertainment provides MeMe, a mobile app that leverages a live broadcast platform to enable anyone to stream, interact with their audience, build a following, and get paid to do it.
Viewers on MeMe can interact with performers and other viewers, showing their support, and increasing their own following and profile along the way.. .
Fotor is an online multi-platform photo editing tool. It gains popularity with optimized and user-friendly desktop suit for both Windows and Mac, Fotor now supports every major mobile and desktop platform from Android to iOS, with a specialized Fotor for Messenger version, streamlined with Facebook for connectivity and convenience.
Fotor comprises of many features such as photo editing, photo collage, graphic design, HDR, and beauty retouching. Digital editing services that includes resizing, cropping, and straightening and a wide range of filters and effects such as lomo effects, cool effects, funky effects, and blur effects are offered through the platform.
Designing of a collage expresses stories, special feelings, and even captures an individual’s life. The sub categories of collage are photo stitching and funky collages.
It also helps individuals design Twitter covers, YouTube channel art, Facebook covers, Google Plus covers, and a photo montages. HDR Photography utilizes different level of light exposure to enhance an image.
Beauty retouching comprises of photo correcting services such as wrinkle remover, photo reshaping, blemish remover, and teeth whitener. Fotor is a China-based company that was launched in 2012..
Happy Elements is a leading interactive entertainment company in Asia and is committed to bringing happiness to users worldwide. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Beijing, Happy Elements currently has nearly 600 employees, with offices and R&D centers in Shanghai, Tokyo, Kyoto and San Francisco.
They provide products and services in games, comic & animation, IP affiliated products, virtual idols etc. With over 150 million monthly active users, their “Anipop” is the most popular casual game in China and “Ensemble Star!” is the most popular male idol game and virtual idol group in Japan.
Right now, they are combing gaming and cutting-edge AI technology so that they create better interactive entertainment experience to bring happiness to users worldwide.. .
Nice allows users to add labels, stickers and screens to photos that they share on social networks. It currently has close to 10 million registered users.
First launched in October 2013 by a team of fashionistas turned developers, nice soon found a niche of like-minded users who enjoyed tagging their clothes with the app. Touted as “China’s Instagram”, Nice has become the leading photo sharing app in mainland China.
Nice has a very active and young audience and also has steady international growth, with multi-lingual interface options available in its settings.. .
Lamabang, a Chinese social network and ecommerce company. Lamabang targets women at four different stages in their journey to parenthood: pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting.
The original Lamabang website is a web portal with articles, forums, and a Weibo-style social network complete with a news feed. More than just parenting, topics range from fashion to healthcare to lifestyle..
Cloudary Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides literature and other publications through Websites, offline publication, and wireless distribution in the People’s Republic of China. It operates an online community-driven literary platform that includes six original literature Websites comprising Qidian.com, Readnovel.com, Hongxiu.com, Xs8.cn, Xxsy.net, and Rongshuxia.comcovering an array of genres, such as fantasy, wuxia, science fiction, mystery, and romance.
The company’s literary platform also provides community tools consisting of personal space, virtual gifting, book review bar, and forum.. .
H&R Century (欢瑞世纪) is a company focused on the investment, production, and publication of TV series and the development of relevant industries. It is focused on the market of young audience, and takes youth, vigor, and fashion as standards to create works that represent the tastes and aesthetic interests of young people.
H&R Century has produced works such as “Heart Lock Jade Palace”, “Palace Ⅱ”, “The Cost of The Bachelorettes”, “Midsummer Clear Day”, “Times of The Bachelorettes, Painted Skin Ⅱ”, and more. It has also invested in filming several films such as “Painted Skin Ⅱ”, “Tiny Times”, “Tiny Times Ⅱ”, and “Aoki Era”.
Founded in 2006, H&R Century has 14 male artists and 12 female artists, and has signed with 7 Star Studios including Yang Mi, Liu Kaiwei, Tang Yan, Jia Nailiang, and more.. .
Douyu TV is a live streaming media platform that provides live content such as games, sports, variety shows, entertainment, and more. The live-stream platform offers services like video-sharing for the students live broadcast, covers the main live game and sports as well as other live contents, enabling users to submit, view, and add commentary subtitles to videos of games, while incorporating content ranging from sports, variety shows, and entertainment.
Zhang Wenming founded Douyu TV in 2013, with its headquarters in Wuhan in China.. .
Versa is a Chinese artificial intelligence-based video and photo editing app, which can make a photo into the style of oil painting or animation. What is Versa? Is the best visual creation app in the age of artificial intelligence.
Is a key to art into the picture of black technology. Is to add some artistic talent to your artifact.
You are responsible for imagination, AI is responsible for drawing. Everyone is an artist whose life has been delayed.
The origin of Versa? The name comes from Latin vice versa and vice versa. That “anti” meaning.
They are bent on tying the heroic dreams to the ordinary life of every ordinary person. Remember, perhaps on the opposite planet parallel to the universe, you saved the world! Who is using Versa? They are Modern Artist of this era, they are also the most active visual creators.
Is the freshest and most interesting young people, yes, you and your little friends are!. .
PearVideo is a leading information video platform in China. Created by a team of professionals with a strong media background and a network of racquets all over the world, PearVideo is dedicated to providing the younger generation with short video products suitable for viewing and sharing of mobile terminals.With its deeply edited aggregated content and exclusive original coverage in areas such as business, social, technology, entertainment and lifestyle, Pear Video offers new standards for video production and consumption in the Mobile Internet era, combined with innovative technologies and tools.Pear video is a cross-platform, open new media company.
Through a flexible and extensive collaborative and revenue-sharing system, more and more high-quality short video content is gaining more influence through the pear video channel. Meanwhile, short-video content updated daily by the pear video not only in its own mobile app Applications and websites, and more effectively distributed in various formats on social networks and video platforms in China and around the world to reach more users..
Shenzhen Galaxy Interactive Technology Co., Ltd. was established in late 2013, is a collection of research and development, operations, distribution as one of the integrated mobile game business.
Headquartered in Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai and other places with wholly-owned subsidiary. The company owns the “Best Team”, “Streetball Alliance”, “The Biggest Dream of the Rabbit”, with the launch of the brand salted fish game, the research and development of the brand time machine studio, the Sansi San studio, the e-sports brand WUCG League, “Streetball one to one” and other industries vertical sub-field benchmarking products..
Kaixin is a Chinese social networking service for white-collar urbanites. It provides social tools such as blogging, photo sharing, and social games, enabling its users to stay in touch with their families and friends.
The company has also developed a number of applications such as Kaixin City and Kaixin Yard. Founded in March 2008 by Binghao Chen, Kaixin’s number of registered users has reached 130 million as of April 2012.
Its major competitor is renren.com.. .
PPS (PPS网络电视) is a Chinese brand that is focused on providing peer-to-peer streaming video network software. With the professional technical strength and the continuous understanding of listening, digging, and satisfaction of netizens’ needs, PPS has been persistently engaged in the industry development.
PPS launched a domestic research and development (R&D) client application that supports the video standard of H.265. It enables users to view clear pictures on the internet..
CC video is a Chinese video operation platform and technology services provider. By February 2011, more than 120 thousand websites had been connected with the company’s video service platform.
The daily view count is over 50 million times and uploaded video clips exceed 7 million. The video storage amount exceeds 130,000,000 million.
Set up by Zhang Yuan in Peking University Science Park in 2005, CC video has its own intellectual property.. .
Among developers of MMO games targeting the Middle East, Falafel Games has sold the most virtual items for the web browser (more than $1m) and has the most games in the top 100 grossing charts there (3/3, 100% hit rate). Rather simple: We’re the only developer of MMO games targeting the Middle East on the web browser, and one of a handful of MMO developers targeting the Middle East on mobile.
We do games with a heavy flavor of authentic Middle Eastern content; along with our distribution channels, makes us poised to dominate the Middle East. Are you interested in taking advantage of the underserved Middle East gaming market? Join us!.
Caixin Media is a comprehensive media group that is focused on the provision of financial and economic news and information products and services to Chinese readers through multi-layered, integrated inter-media business platforms such as magazines, websites, mobile internet, videos,books, and meetings. Caixin Media provides financial news and information through the integration of information products such as opinions, multimedia, comments, and interactions for social elites in the political, financial, industrial, and educational circles.
The website’s output include original content from professional and objective perspectives, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.. .
Aimon is a designer and maker of cartoon and animation products. The company focuses on the development and design of cultural and creative derivatives.
It offers toy models, clothes, office stationery, suitcase, and daily consumable. It is mainly engaged in domestic and international well-known animation brands such as Japan GSC, COSPA, Taiwan Kapok MUSE.
Aimon is based in Shanghai, China.. .
Duolu is a social app that allows parents, relatives, and friends to record and share adolescent’s growth moments from thousands of miles away. It is also an interactive tool for homeschooling in the field of early childhood development.
Family members can see the class dynamics posted by the teacher every day, and always understand the progress of the adolescent’s learning and growth.. .
Docin (豆丁网) is a Chinese social reading platform that provides online users with reading materials. Users can share their documents and publish them on different blogs, forums, and platforms, as well as read pop books, periodicals, magazines, and various other literature.
Founded in 2007, Docin has a place among the top 400 global enterprises in the internet industry. The company currently owns practical documents, publications, and industry research reports in a wide range of over 100 million classifications and professional documents contributed by thousands of celebrities in various industries.
Docin encourages innovation and sharing, and safeguards the rights of the contributors.. .
Dashi Aipai is functional video authoring software integrated with screen/games/video camera, video clips, background music, special effect processing, dynamic photo albums, hand drawing, derivable private String chatAction in GIF, and many other advanced functions. Additionally, it provides video recording facility for all games.
These functions enable users to share moments in the games for netizens and players.. .
Hangzhou Guomai Media publishes quality multi-media cultural products for the new middle class. Its products span four categories: literature, history, science, and religion.
Guomai is in close collaboration with writers such as Han Han, Anne Baby, Feng Tang, Yan Geling, An Yiru, and scholars such as Yi Zhongtian, Li Jihong, Zhao Chuang, Luo Yuming, and more. Guomai was founded in 2012 by publisher Lu Jinbo and other key people..
NetEase Cloud Music
NetEase Cloud Music operates an online music platform and offers streaming services. It also develops music applications for smartphones.
William Lei Ding founded NetEase Cloud in 2013, with its headquarters in Beijing in China. NetEase Cloud Music operates as a subsidiary of NetEase..
Meridian Capital is the leading TMT field of venture capital institution in China. They have a wide range of investment layout in the mobile Internet and media entertainment field and they have a vibrant and experienced investment team.
Meridian Capital’s investment area is relatively concentrated, and its investment can be regarded as investment within the industry. They have a wide range of layout-oriented investments in the core areas of industry such as culture and entertainment, consumption upgrades, Internet finance, and enterprise services, with the flow of inputs and realization methods.
It has a clear view of development in the industry and sub-industries. Social, online-business, education, health care, real-estate, car business, digital reading, digital marketing, music, film and television, games, entertainment community and etc, industrial cluster effect is obvious.
Since its inception in 2008, Meridian Capital is committed to focusing on investment in culture new media fields, currently it is mainly concerned with culture entertainment, consumption upgrading, Internet finance, and corporate service fields, it has issued 5 RMB funds, and 2 Singapore currency funds, whose total management size topped RMB 5 billion yuan, more than 100 Internet startup enterprises are its beneficiaries. Meridian Capital’s concern for culture new media field is consistently prominent..
Founded in 2015, Yinhekuyu focuses on producing short videos, films and web TV dramas. In 2016, it cooperated with Youku to produced a popular Chinese entertainment TV show, Mars Intelligence Agency.
The show currently consists of two series and has attracted over a billion views and generated advertising revenue worth millions of RMB in the past year.. .
Huace Film & TV
Zhejiang Huace Film & TV is a comprehensive film and TV media group focused on investment, production, and distribution of film and television dramas. The company was established in 2005 in Hangzhou, China and listed on a Chinese growth enterprise board in October 2010.
Known as the “first shareholder in Chinese TV dramas”, the company has a market value of up to RMB 200 mln and has been honored to be ranked in the first position of all media companies in the “Top 100 Forbes China Most Listing Potential”. As the first brand in Chinese language film and TV content provision, the company has annual production of more than 1,000 episodes, 3-4 high-quality films, and created “Memories In China”, “Love in a Fallen City”, “Snow Leopard”, “Love Amongst War”, “The Magic Blade”, “The Battle Wizard”, “Million Bride 2”, “Fate of a Nation”, and “All In The Family” among a series of classic film and TV work.
The company continuously creates high viewership and high rating productions. Multiple works have received “Five-One Project” awards, “Sky High” awards, “Golden Eagle” awards, and other domestic and foreign TV drama high-end awards.
Of these, “Memories In China” received the “Seoul International Film Festival Highest Award Ranking” in 2009 in Korea. Huace Film & TV is a pioneer in China’s film and TV full industry chain development.
Through 8 years of development, the company focuses on its core business of film and TV, and has gradually formed a full industry deployment that covers investment and production, cinema lines, new media, advertising development, artist agents, internet games, and film and TV base construction. The company currently has 4 offices in Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, respectively and also possesses several dozen domestic and foreign branch companies including Golden Globe Films, Jinxi Film & TV, and Huace Film & TV International Media Co Ltd.
The company is China’s largest private film and television enterprise and possesses the most complete industry chain deployment. Huace Film & TV is also the most influential supplier of foreign film and TV markets for Chinese language programming and is a good cooperating partner for international firms and TV media colleagues! The company currently has more than 8,000 hours of programming distribution rights across the globe and has established friendly cooperations with media institutions in more than 90 countries and regions.
6Rooms (六间房) is a Chinese high-tech enterprise that operates an online video community. 6Rooms is supported by the state Ministry of Culture, SARFT, and the Haidian district government.
Currently, users of 6Rooms have covered 10 million people with an independent IP of 5 million and page views of 70 million per day. 6Rooms is a video sharing website taking Web 2.0 as the core technology.
It is listed as one of the top 500 Global Internet Companies and top 20 Chinese enterprises.. .
Philm is a video editing app offering real-time art filters and motion-tracking stickers. Through filters that powered by AI and deep learning, and stickers that integrate motion tracking technology, the app magically transforms video from everyday life into artistic masterpieces.
(Photo + Film = Philm. By shooting videos as easily as shooting pictures, you can make your own art-styled movie.) Philm debuted in October 2016 for iOS and Android.
It’s the first video editing app globally with real-time filters.. .
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