Follow English teacher Jack Ma as he grows an Internet startup from an apartment into a global company, beating eBay along the way.
Dear Kickstarter Community,
I'm hoping to get your support to help share share a story which I sincerely believe can help inspire entrepreneurs and creatives around the world -- a film which Inc. Magazine called, "Gripping...Emotional...the real-life version of The Social Network, only in Mandarin!"
The film is an independent memoir of my experience working alongside China's first Internet entrepreneur and former English teacher, Jack Ma. I joined his company, Alibaba.com, just as it moved out of an apartment and watched as the team grew to 16,000+ employees, challenging - and beating - eBay in China along the way.
After leaving the company in 2008, I was able to acquire 200 hours of footage from more than 35 sources which follows the company from its early beginnings into a global company and captures many behind-the-scenes moments. After studying film editing and assembling a professional team to collaborate on the film, I put something together which I believe captures the emotional ups and downs of life in a high-growth startup.
My driving motivation behind the film is to promote entrepreneurship and inspire others who may have a dream of their own. So within the film I candidly discuss not only Alibaba's successes, but also mistakes that were made by the company along the way. And I attempt to show at a very human level of the challenges entrepreneurs in China faced as the Internet brought China face-to-face with the West.
Where does your contribution go?
Your contribution will help cover the costs of licensing the archival footage & music used in the film as well as help me obtain E&O liability insurance so that I can secure global distribution of the film.
Any additional funds beyond the minimum will be used to fund costs associated with a screening and speaking tour to universities, business schools and events which encourage entrepreneurship.
As you can see - I offer some great incentives which include a Q&A for your company or organization in which I candidly discuss how a startup grew to a company with 16,000+ employees in just 10 years. So if you can bring a few people together to contribute, I'd even be happy to see you at your event or company to share the story for your own team to benefit.
Thanks for your support!
Director, Crocodile in the Yangtze
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A DVD + digital download of the film, guaranteed to be sent out by the end of 2012. Plus - a personally signed thank you note on a post-card sized film poster. Price includes domestic and international shipping.Estimated delivery:
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Here's where it gets interesting folks! PRIVATE SCREENING WITH Q&A VIA SKYPE. A private screening of the film for your startup, company, or educational organization followed by a 30-45 minute Q&A discussion with the film's director, Porter Erisman, via video Skype. Porter can discuss: -His experience working at Alibaba.com and Alibaba Group as the company grew from an apartment into a global company. -Lessons learned from the experience that can be applied to your own organization. -How the company came from nowhere to challenge - and beat - eBay. -A candid discussion about the mistakes made along the way and how your organization can avoid them. -Managing high-growth startups across cultures. How it works: Your team provides the venue for your audience & Porter will magically appear on screen after the screening via Skype.Estimated delivery:
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IN PERSON SCREENING WITH Q&A (North America) The film's director, Porter Erisman, will travel to your company/event/organization for a private screening followed by a Q&A. He will discuss all of the above, depending on audience interest. Note: travel and lodging to be covered by your organization.Estimated delivery:
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IN-PERSON SCREENING WITH Q&A (Outside North America) Porter will fly anywhere in the world for an in-person screening followed by Q&A. Note: travel and lodging provided by your organization.Estimated delivery:
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Any and all of the above, plus you will be given PRODUCER credits!Estimated delivery:
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