Tim Cook visits $1 billion Chinese bike-sharing startup

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Tim Cook and part of the Ofo team.
Tim Cook and part of the Ofo team.
Photo: Tim Cook/Weibo

Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently on another tour of China this week and is staying busy by visiting some of the hottest startups in the country.

This morning Cook paid a visit to bike-sharing startup Ofo which is already valued at $1 billion and counts Uber-rival/Apple-ally Didi Chuxing as one of its investors.

During his visit to Ofo headquarters in Beijing, Cook met with CEO Dai Wei and other founding members of the team. Cook even took a test ride on one of the company’s bikes and posted pictures of the visit on his official Weibo account.

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Tim getting his peddle on.
Photo: Tim Cook

“Thanks for welcoming me today, ofo team! Great energy behind your mission to make commuting greener, more efficient and fun!”

China has become an increasingly important market for Apple. iPhone sales have begun slipping lately in the country, but Cook has made a point of making numerous trips to China each year to talk strategy with some of its top businesses leaders.

Tim celebrated today’s launch of Swift Playgrounds in Simplified Chinese by hanging out with some Chinese student coders at an Apple store. He also paid a visit to the headquarters of fitness app Keep. Cook, an avid fitness junkie, congratulated CEO Wang Ning and his team for hitting 80 million downloads.

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Tim Cook and Keep CEO Wang Ning.
Photo: Tim Cook/Weibo