Kuala Lumpur Meetup: Premiere Screening of Alibaba Documentary ‘Crocodile in the Yangtze’


Crocodile in the Yangtze

We are bringing Crocodile in the Yangtze to Kuala Lumpur! Crocodile in the Yangtze is a documentary about the early days of Taobao, the e-store created by Alibaba founder and former CEO Jack Ma.

The film’s producer, Porter Erisman, who worked at Alibaba for ten years, created the 75-minute documentary (see the trailer below) to share how Alibaba grew from a startup to the world-class corporation it is today – and to show how it beat eBay in its home market. Porter will also be there at the Kuala Lumpur Meetup to share his experience of working at Alibaba.

Crocodile in the Yangtze has been shown at 16 film festivals and 10 universities, including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley, and more. The documentary has been given several awards, including ‘Best Film on Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ at the 2012 Silicon Valley Film Festival.

If you are interested to catch this startup-to-powerhouse blockbuster film, join us on June 26, 6:00pm at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Lecture Theatrette Two. Tickets are free, but grab them fast while stocks last!

Catch the trailer here:


  • 6.00 – 6.30pm: Registration
  • 6:30 – 7.10pm: Networking & Dinner
  • 7:10 – 7.15pm: Introduction from Heislyc Loh, Startup Mamak
  • 7.15 – 7.30pm: Opening Speech from Porter Erisman
  • 7.30 – 8.45pm: [Screening] Crocodile in the Yangtze
  • 8.45 – 9.00pm: Sharing session by Porter Erisman
  • 9:00 – 10.00pm:Networking

Venue: Taylor’s University, Lecture Theatrette Two.
No.1, Jalan Taylor’s, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor

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Speaker: Porter Erisman

Porter Erisman

Porter Erisman produced and directed the award-winning documentary film, Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Story of a Westerner Inside China’s Alibaba.com. The film is an independent memoir of the eight years he worked alongside China’s first internet entrepreneur, Jack Ma, as Ma grew Alibaba Group from a startup in an apartment into China’s first global web company – beating eBay in China along the way.

From 2000 to 2008, Porter worked as a vice-president at Alibaba Group, at various times overseeing the company’s international marketing, website operations and corporate affairs. Porter earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Stanford University. Crocodile in the Yangtze is Porter’s first film.

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