36Kr Holdings Inc. Announces Strategic Collaboration with Youku to Enhance Content Commercialization

September 23, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDT

BEIJING, Sept. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 36Kr Holdings Inc. (“36Kr” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: KRKR), a prominent brand and a pioneering platform dedicated to serving New Economy participants in China, today announced a business collaboration agreement (the “Agreement”) with Youku Tudou Inc. (“Youku”), a leading online long-form video platform in China and a key distribution platform for digital media and entertainment content under Alibaba Group (“Alibaba”). The collaboration with Youku will help further expand the Company’s content ecosystem and accelerate the commercialization of its content productions.

Pursuant to the Agreement, 36Kr and Youku will jointly develop pan-commercial themed video programs to enrich the Company’s content ecosystem and attract more renowned content creators in the commercial vertical. The integration of 36Kr’s stellar content production capabilities and Alibaba’s leading presence in digital media and entertainment video offerings coupled with its robust user communities, will further empower the Company to deliver premium business-related content with concentrated exposure while accelerating the monetization of the Company’s content offerings.

The first video program co-produced by 36Kr and Youku, has been launched in September 2020, on both companies’ platforms. This debut program covers a variety of topics, including industry policy interpretations, primary market investment case studies, investment opportunities, and dialogues with KOLs in the commercial space. Beyond the program, 36Kr and Youku plan to consistently optimize and enhance the content cooperation throughout the partnership based on data analysis of user feedback.

Mr. Dagang Feng, co-chairman and chief executive officer of 36Kr, commented, “We are thrilled and honored to partner with Youku. This strategic collaboration demonstrates the attractiveness of our business-themed content portfolios and is a remarkable testament to 36Kr’s superior content generation capabilities. Aside from the engaging commercial-related articles we have issued over the years, our newly generated content in video format has also garnered positive user feedback. We believe there are enormous commercial opportunities for content creation, where a creative idea can generate robust viewership and appeal to millions of consumers. We look forward to cooperating with Youku to nurture talented content creators and produce extensive and diverse high-quality content, while unleashing more opportunities for New-Economy participants.”

About 36Kr Holdings Inc.

36Kr Holdings Inc. is a prominent brand and a pioneering platform dedicated to serving New Economy participants in China with the mission of empowering New Economy participants to achieve more. The Company started its business with high-quality New Economy-focused content offerings, covering a variety of industries in China’s New Economy with diverse distribution channels. Leveraging traffic brought by high-quality content, the Company has expanded its offerings to business services, including online advertising services, enterprise value-added services and subscription services to address the evolving needs of New Economy companies and upgrading needs of traditional companies. The Company is supported by comprehensive database and strong data analytics capabilities. Through diverse service offerings and the significant brand influence, the Company is well-positioned to continuously capture the high growth potentials of China’s New Economy.

About Youku

Youku, the leading online video platform in China, is one of the core businesses of Alibaba Group's digital media and entertainment business and is part of the group's "Double H" strategy. Youku currently supports PC, TV and mobile three types of terminals, in copyright, co-production, homemade, user-generated content (UGC), professionally generated content (PGC) and live streaming. The scale of daily paying users of Youku is growing steadily and healthily, with a year-on-year growth of more than 60% in Q1 of fiscal year 2021 (as of the end of June).

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For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

For 36Kr in China:

36Kr Holdings Inc.
Investor Relations
Tel: +86 (10) 5825-4188
E-mail: ir@36kr.com

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Jenny Cai
Tel: +86 (10) 6508-0677
E-mail: 36Kr@tpg-ir.com

For 36Kr in the United States:

The Piacente Group, Inc.
Brandi Piacente
Tel: +1-212-481-2050
E-mail: 36Kr@tpg-ir.com

For Youku:

Weijia Huang
E-mail: huangweijia@alibaba-inc.com