Sina’s 2013 Strategy Is “Mobile First,” CEO Charles Chao Says In Company-Wide Email
China-based tech blog 36kr has published a company-wide email (link via Google Translate) from Sina CEO Charles Chao that previews the China-based Internet giant's 2013 strategy. Chao wrote that Sina will reboot its strategy next year by splitting its business structure into two parts, with one focusing on its Web portal and the other on Sina Weibo, its massively popular microblogging service which boasts more than 400 million members. Sina's COO Hong Du will focus on running the Web portal and report directly to Chao, who will take responsibility for its microblogging and mobile operations. Each side will take responsibility for their own products, technology and operations.
ToyTalk, The Company With The Futuristic Talking Bear, Raises $11.5M from Charles Rivers Ventures
We told you about a cool, futuristic, talking bear a bit ago, and apparently we weren't the only ones blown away by it. Today, The Next Web reported that ToyTalk has raised $11.5M from Charles Rivers Ventures to bring this product, and more, to market.