December 21, 2006
Youku is a Chinese video-sharing website that enables users to search, view, and share high-quality video content across multiple devices.
Victor Koo
Technology, Photography

Detailed Description


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.

Launched by Victor Kroo on June 21, 2006, 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.

Current Team (10)


Past Team (1)


Investors (5)

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    Chengwei Capital

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    Brookside Capital

    They design, implement, and manage custom tailored portfolios of liquid assets for high net worth...
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    Sutter Hill Ventures

    Sutter Hill Ventures has financed technology-based start-ups and assisted entrepreneurs in...
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    Maverick Capital

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    Farallon Capital Management

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Offices/Locations (2)

  • Office

    Sports West Road, Tianhe District

    No. 101, Victory Plaza, Block A, Room 2703

    Guangzhou City, 510620


  • Headquarters

    Unit 1 3301-3303 Grand Gateway, 1 Hongqiao Road

    Shanghai, 200030


Competitors (5)

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    Ku6 is a Chinese online video portal providing users with an array of video-related content.
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    iQiyi is a Chinese ad-supported television and movie portal providing fully-licensed,...
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    Sohu offers a network of web properties and community-based products and services for Chinese...
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    Tencent is a Chinese internet service portal offering value-added internet, mobile, telecom, and...
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Customers (1)

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    Ouyeaa is a web-search platform for booking leisure activities and bachelor parties.

Images (1)

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