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The new tale of Alibaba

China Daily | Updated: 2013-03-22 07:34

The new tale of Alibaba 

The film captures the emotional ups and downs of a Chinese startup entrepreneur. Provided to China Daily

Crocodile in the Yangtze follows China's first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles US giant eBay on the way to building China's first global Internet company, Alibaba Group. The film is based on an independent memoir written by an American who worked in Ma's company for eight years.

Crocodile in the Yangtze captures the emotional life in a Chinese Internet startup at a time when the Internet brought China face-to-face with the West.

Crocodile in the Yangtze draws on 200 hours of archival footage filmed by over 35 sources between 1995 and 2009. The film presents a strikingly candid portrait of Ma and his company, told from the point of view of an "American fly on a Chinese wall" who witnessed the successes and the mistakes Alibaba encountered as it grew from a small apartment into a global company employing more than 16,000 staff.

This screening is co-sponsored with the USC Center for International Business Education and Research and the US-China Institue. It is being held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Business Outlook, an annual conference sponsored by the USC Marshall School of Business and the US Department of Commerce.

Date: April 8

Venue: University of Southern California, Los Angeles,


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