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LinkedIn And Uber China Rival Didi Kuaidi Ink Deal To Partner On Apps, R&D And Recruitment

LinkedIn took a step today to build up its presence in China, and China’s Uber rival Didi Kuaidi took a step to make more inroads into the U.S. tech industry: the two companies have signed a deal to form a strategic partnership covering product integration, technology, recruitment, and brand development. The announcement was made during a large meeting today at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, where nearly 30 tech executives including Apple’s Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos from Amazon and Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as part of the U.S. China Internet Industry Forum.3-2 Other news out of the event included a deal between Microsoft and Baidu, where Baidu would become the default search engine for Windows 10 in China; and a JV between Cisco and Chinese server maker Inspur. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding between LinkedIn and Didi, there are several parts to the deal. In China, Didi’s social ridesharing service Hitch will let users connect on the app using their LinkedIn profiles.Beijing January 2011Hitch opened for business in the country in June of this year and has managed to pick up 5 million users so far, the company says. Hitch in China is part of a deal Didi inked with Lyft, which itself acquired Hitch a year ago. While the main thrust of Hitch is ridesharing with other consumers to bring down the cost of the service, the idea here is that by integrating with LinkedIn, the service can also be used for professional social networking. “By connecting with LinkedIn, Hitch will be able to enhance its networking function, particularly targeting professionals who represent a big part of its user base,” Didi noted in a statement announcing the deal.

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