Networks Asia — If you think of LinkedIn as a social network or an online recruitment service, then you may well be scratching your head about why Microsoft would spend more on it than it has on any other acquisition. But consider that Microsoft has a graph that covers how you’re connected to people by email, documents, messages, meetings and address books, while LinkedIn has a graph that covers jobs, skills, colleagues, and professional connections.
Enterprise Innovation — LinkedIn has opened its first data center in Singapore, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong. This isone of six data centers for LinkedIn globally, and the first outside the United States. LinkedIn has invested S$80 million so far in the new data center, which was established to enhance the experience for the fast-growing base of LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia-Pacific region, including speed and reliability of access to LinkedIn’s services as they connect to professional opportunities on the network.
Enterprise Innovation — LinkedIn has opened its first data center in Singapore, spanning 23,500 square feet in Jurong. This isone of six data centers for LinkedIn globally, and the first outside the United States. LinkedIn has invested S$80 million so far in the new data center, which was established to enhance the experience for the fast-growing base of LinkedIn members and clients across the Asia-Pacific region.
Enterprise Innovation — LinkedIn has unveiled research into the most engaging marketers on the platform in Singapore. The list includes professionals a range of industries from e-commerce and broadcasting to logistics and automotive. LinkedIn says this shows that Singapore marketers across industries are leveraging the online professional networking platform not only for their personal brand, but also as advocates for their organization.
Times of India — BENGALURU: LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking website operator, launched LinkedIn Placements, a product developed in India, to boost its user base among students in the country. LinkedIn Placements, the first product to be developed by the company outside US and China, aims to make it easier for graduating students across India to find their first job and for placement officers and recruiters to manage campus placement initiatives.
Freshdesk joins the growing line of well-funded Indian startups hiring top level global talent this year. This Chennai-based customer support software maker (now headquartered in Silicon Valley) today announced the appointment of LinkedIn India’s managing director Nishant Rao as its COO. The MBA grad from MIT was earlier with McKinsey.
Want China Times — The number of LinkedIn users in China has topped 10 million, a year and a half after the world’s largest professional network launched a Chinese version of its online services. Founded in 2003 in the United States, LinkedIn has more than 300 million users. Before tapping into the Chinese market in February 2014, the company had just 4 million users from China, who registered on its global website.
When you’re sick, you can choose the doctor who treats you. If that doctor can’t handle your case, he or she refers you to another doctor. On what basis does the former recommend the latter? Is it word-of-mouth, friendship, or former acquaintance? Generally, doctors rely on their ad hoc professional network based on friendship and goodwill, rather than experience and professional acumen, for patient referrals.
LinkedIn has increased its user base in China from four million to eight million, according to its earnings report released Thursday. This doubled size in user base proves that despite the government’s strict censorship, foreign social networking sites still stand a chance in China. The business-oriented social networking service officially entered China in February 2014 with the launch of Lingying, its Chinese language site. By then, it already had about fourmillion members in its English language site.
More than half of companies (56 percent) in South East Asia (SEA) are spending more to raise general awareness of their company to establish a strong employer brand. With the view that competition for top talent is increasing (54 percent), coupled with a planned increase in hiring (53 percent), companies have said that spending on the employer brand will increase.
LinkedIn China recently announced that Yu Zhiwei, former vice president of China HP, has joined the company as marketing vice president. Yu will directly report to Shen Boyang, LinkedIn global vice president and China president. According to Shen, LinkedIn China’s executive team will continue to maintain its localization trend and its overall strength has been further enhanced. With the joining of Yu, LinkedIn China will accelerate business expansion, especially in the enterprise customer sector.
HONG KONG: For American technology companies from Microsoft to Facebook to Google, China is a difficult, even impossible, place to operate. But one company, the social network LinkedIn, has found a way to do business — by being willing to compromise on the free expression that is the backbone of life on the Western Internet. LinkedIn’s experience provides a blueprint, and perhaps a cautionary lesson, for Silicon Valley as it tries to crack the vast Chinese market.