TikTok hires Facebook veteran Blake Chandlee as part of recruiting push

Blake Chandlee Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

Bytedance Ltd. hired Facebook Inc. veteran Blake Chandlee as the first head of strategic partnerships for the Chinese startup’s viral app TikTok.

This is part of a big recruiting push by Bytedance to expand the TikTok brand. The Beijing-based company is the world’s most valuable startup, worth roughly $75 billion. That’s largely thanks to the popularity of Chinese services such as news app Toutiao. Its success outside of China rides on TikTok, a short-form video app that is popular with teenagers but faces stiff competition from social-media incumbents Facebook and Snap Inc.

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