InMobi: An Indian Internet Company Cracking China

Shameen Prashantham, Zhijing Cao

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The case describes the process of entering the China market undertaken by InMobi, an Indian Internet Company that provides a mobile advertising platform and value-added services for brands. InMobi was intentionally developed as an international venture by its founders. After opening offices in South Africa, Europe, and North America, the board had a long discussion and eventually decided to enter the China market. The case describes how, under the leadership of Jessie Yang, InMobi China successfully adapted to the unique ecosystem of China’s internet industry. In 2019 InMobi's China revenue exceeded $100 million for the first time, accounting for over one-quarter of its parent company's global revenue, and next only to the US market. The case ends by noting the expansion of the Beijing office by inviting InMobi technologists from India and also plans for spinning off InMobi China as an independent company. After achieving the aspiring milestone, Yang also faced the business growth challenges. How could she strengthen InMobi's first-mover advantage in the China mobile advertising market and maintain good relations with headquarters to gain autonomy and trust?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021

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China Europe International Business School


  • Entrepreneurial innovation
  • localization
  • entrepreneurship
  • mobile advertising
  • internationalization

Case studies discipline

  • International Business
  • Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship

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  • Information, Media & Telecommunications
  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services


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