February 1, 2014
Laure de Carayon announces the French Premiere at China Connect, of
“Crocodile in the Yangtze”: A Westerner Inside China’s Alibaba.com”
with Porter ERISMAN, Director and Producer, ex-VP Alibaba Group
“Ebay may be a shark in the ocean, but I’m a crocodile in the Yangtze River.
If we fight in the ocean, we lose, but if we fight in the river, we win”
Jack Ma – Forbes Magazine, 2005
Crocodile in the Yangtze follows Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma, as he battles eBay on the way to building China’s first global Internet company, Alibaba Group
The film captures the emotional ups and downs of 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 16,000 staff.
Jack Ma was named “Person of the year” by the Financial Times in December 2013
Porter Erisman – Director and Producer
“I can’t wait to bring Crocodile in the Yangtze to the 2014 China Connect conference for the film’s France premiere. For eight years I was fortunate to serve as a footsoldier in China’s e-commerce revolution and made the film to share with western audiences an authentic tale of what China’s digital landscape is like on a grassroots level. As a bridge between businesses in China and Europe, the China Connect conference is the perfect venue to debut the film in France. As an independent account of my time at China’s Alibaba, I hope that the film will help businesspeople in France have a better idea of how to capitalize on the world’s largest e-commerce market”
Laure de Carayon – Founder of China Connect
“I believe inspiration leads to ideas, dreams, risks, and what comes with them.
Inspiring marketers, has always been at the heart of China Connect beyond learnings and insights, and networking. E-commerce is a pillar of China’s internet boom, and a cornerstone of China Connect. I’m very happy and eager to show Porter Erisman’s story of the birth and rise of Alibaba, China’s N°1 E-commerce player. I thank him for coming to Paris to share his experience and gossips ! Should it contribute to inspire many others, and help us better understand China, its culture, its people and its business, in an entertaining way !”
READ the Interview of Porter Erisman, click HERE