LIZHI INC. (the "Company" or "LIZHI") has built an audio ecosystem with a global presence consisting of audio-based social networks, podcast content portfolios and audio communities. The Company aims to bring people closer together through voices by its product portfolios. LIZHI’s audio-based social networking product offering, including Tiya App, caters to user's evolving interest in social interactions in real time online and enables users to connect with friends having similar interests, entertain, chat online, and share their daily lives through voices. LIZHI also offers a vertical podcast platform, LIZHI Podcast, that provides users with curated content drawn from its extensive content library built over the years, as well as new podcasts provided by selected content creators. Since the launch of LIZHI App in 2013, the Company’s flagship platform, LIZHI has cultivated a vibrant and growing online UGC audio community and interactive audio entertainment platform where users are encouraged to create, share, discover and enjoy audio, and experience immersive and diversified entertainment features through audio. LIZHI envisions a global audio ecosystem – a place where everyone can be connected through voices and across cultures. LIZHI INC. has been listed on Nasdaq since January 2020.
October 2013, The LIZHI App Version 1.0 was launched. Users were able to record, upload, and share podcasts on the App through mobile phones. We advocate "everyone is a content creator".
February 2014, the number of registered users of LIZHI App exceeded 1 million.
October 2014, the number of registered users of LIZHI App exceeded 10 million.
September 2015, LIZHI launched the AI-driven recommendation function to achieve optimal content matching for specific users while different user preferences can be identified and matched with content profiles through big data analytics and AI technology.
October 2016, LIZHI took the lead in the industry to launch the audio live streaming function on the platform. Content creators can host audio live streaming and interact with audiences at anytime and anywhere.
January 2017, The number of registered users of LIZHI App exceeded 100 million.
January 2018, LIZHI announced its brand upgrade strategy, replacing the original "LIZHI FM" with "LIZHI" as the brand name. "Bring people closer together through voices" became the new slogan.
October 2018, LIZHI established the content security center to monitor content quality, ensuring a steady growth and long-term development of LIZHI.
November 2018, LIZHI set up a scholarship program for graduate students in The School of Communication and Design of Sun Yat-sen University, and announced cooperation strategies to carry out more partnerships in the audio industry.
October 2019, LIZHI cooperated with Baidu in the IoT field, bringing real-time interactive audio features on Xiaodu Smart Speaker.
January 2020, LIZHI was successfully listed on the Nasdaq Global Markets (NASDAQ: LIZHI), and became the first online audio platform in China to go public.
October 2020, Tiya App, an audio-based social networking product, was officially launched by LIZHI in the United States.
January 2021, LIZHI Podcast (LIZHI BOKE in Chinese), a new podcast app, was officially launched by LIZHI to provide curated podcast content drawn from LIZHI's extensive content library built over the years as well as new podcasts provided by selected content creators.
To enable everyone to showcase vocal talent
Users First, Entrepreneur Spirit, Diligent and Self-motivated, Dedication to Excellence, Mutual Trust and Support largest
To be the biggest vocal platform of the world
Founder, CEO and Director
Mr. Marco Lai is the Founder and CEO of LIZHI and has served as our director since January 2019. He is responsible for LIZHI’s strategic planning, business development and overall management. Before founding LIZHI, Mr. Lai was a successful serial entrepreneur with strategic vision in China’s Internet industry. He founded the 183.cn, a social network for migrant workers, and Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd.. Before starting his business career, Mr. Lai was a radio host with a distinct understanding of voice.
Co-Founder, CTO and Director
Mr. Ning Ding is the Co-Founder and CTO of LIZHI and has served as our director since January 2019. He is responsibility for audio innovation technology and the application of AI technology in the audio sector. Mr. Ding has more than 15 years of experience in Internet technology and computer science, having served as the deputy general manager of Shanghai Labox Information Technology Limited and the technology development manager of Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology Co., Ltd.
Ms. Chengfang Lu has served as the Acting CFO of LIZHI since June 2020. She is responsible for financial management, capital operation strategy and internal control management. Ms. Lu joined LIZHI in 2019 and served as the Company’s Director of Finance. Prior to joining LIZHI, Ms. Lu worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. with years of experience in the field of finance and capital management. Ms. Lu received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting from Jinan University. Ms. Lu is a member of the Chinese Institution of Certified Public Accountants.
COO and Director
Mr. Zelong Li is the COO of LIZHI and has served as our director since March 2019. He is responsible for LIZHI’s business operations and management. Mr. Li has over 10 years of experience in product planning and design, and has a deep understanding of audio entertainment field.