LinkedIn May Further Explore Market in China

By Ed Silverstein May 27, 2011

LinkedIn wants to more fully explore the market in China – even though it is a “challenging” and “complex” one, according to media reports.

Speaking to reporters in China, Arvind Rajan, vice president of Asia Pacific and Japan at LinkedIn, said that China “is a very competitive market.”

"There are political challenges, technical challenges,” Rajan was quoted by Reuters. “There are a whole lot of things for us to go through. We are far away from making any decision. At this point, we are just here to explore the market, to talk to people."

LinkedIn is a professional social-networking-site which hold the profiles of 100 million Chinese professionals.

Rajan adds that LinkedIn “will not jump in and provide something that won’t be successful.”

Rajan also “revealed that foreign companies are actively looking for Chinese companies while Chinese companies use LinkedIn to look for opportunities abroad,” according to a report from Penn Olson.

LinkedIn is one of a few social-networking-sites based outside of China which has access to the massive number of Internet users living in China. For example, Twitter and Facebook are both blocked by the Chinese government.

LinkedIn was blocked by China authorities in February, according to a TechZone360 report, when civil unrest broke out in the Middle East and North Africa – fueled by social media comments. Fear spread that similar events were possible in China.

The brief service disruption on LinkedIn took place as a “Chinese-language website, Boxun, called for a “Jasmine Revolution” to take place in China as a way to encourage greater democracy in the Communist-ruled country,” Reuters reported in February.

Last week, LinkedIn shares more than doubled in an IPO. In addition, TMC CEO Rich Tehrani said in a recent blog post that, “This sort of meteoric growth is reminiscent of the dotcom bubble and this certainly isn’t the first time in recent memory where arguments have been made by both sides that the tech valuations are too high.”

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Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

TechZone360 Contributor

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