Jerry Yang of Yahoo: Why I Believed in Alibaba - SupChina

Jerry Yang of Yahoo: Why I Believed in Alibaba

GGV Capital’s Hans Tung and Zara Zhang interview Jerry Yang, the founder and former CEO of Yahoo, who orchestrated arguably the best deal in tech history: In 2005, he arranged for Yahoo to invest $1 billion for a 40 percent stake in fledgling Chinese ecommerce site Alibaba at a post-money valuation of $5 billion. Today, Alibaba is worth almost half a trillion dollars. During the interview, Jerry conducts a postmortem for Yahoo’s China strategy, and offers advice for U.S. tech companies looking to expand into China.

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The 996 podcast is brought to you by GGV Capital and co-produced by the Sinica Podcast. On this show, we interview movers and shakers of China’s tech industry, as well as tech leaders who have a U.S.-China cross-border perspective.

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Hans Tung and Zara Zhang

Hans Tung and Zara Zhang are a managing partner and analyst, respectively, at GGV Capital, a multi-stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, and Beijing.