AliFest 2011: Netrepreneurs Get Down to E-business in Hangzhou

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AliFest 2011: Netrepreneurs Get Down to E-business in Hangzhou

Entrepreneurs and business leaderswerein Hangzhou, China on Sept. 9-10 to participate in AliFest, Alibaba Group’sannual conference that brings together the global e-commerce community to exchange ideas, network, source products and discuss the future of the Internet.

This was the eighth year that Alibaba Group Chairman and CEO Jack Mahas hostedAliFest (aka the Netrepreneur Summit), whichfeatures presentations by influential figures from the world of business, sports, media and the Internet. Among past participants areformer U.S. President Bill Clinton; NBA star Kobe Bryant; Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks; former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay; former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman; as well as prominent Chinese business leaders such as Liu Chuanzhi, founder of Lenovo.

See stories, blogs and videos from AliFest 2010

The focus of AliFest 2011 was on small businesses, job creation and international trade. Keynote speakers were Thomas Friedman, columnist for The New York Times and author of international bestseller “The World is Flat,” and Jet Li, philanthropist and international movie star. AliFest2011again featuredan Internet products trade show, a gala awards ceremony as well as the Netrepreneur Summit (details below).

To mark this year’s events, Alizila put together a series of profiles of innovative Chinese e-commerce companies and entrepreneurs who were candidates for Alibaba’s Netrepreneur of the Year awards. We are also releasing a special YouTube-hosted video series offeringpractical tips small businesses can use to develop their companiesthroughinternational product sourcing. Called “Trading Secrets,” the videos feature advice from real U.S. entrepreneurs who use, the business-to-business trading website. To read theprofiles and see the videos, and to read coverage of AliFest 2011, click the links below.


The World Isn’t Just Flat, It’s Hyperconnected

Reuters: Ma Says He Didn’t Cause Bartz’s Departure Unveils Services For Safer Trading

Chinese Mobile OS Field Getting Crowded

Read about the 2011 Top 10 Netrepreneur of the Year Awards

Online Cowboy Rounds Up Buyers

A Home Run in Chinese Home Decor

Selling the Sizzle and the Steak, Too

Catching Lightning In a (Baby) Bottle

Turning Straw Into Gold Online

Beekeeping, Bathrooms and Eating Bitter


Watch “Trading Secrets” Vids


Over the past six years, the Netrepreneur Summit has been an offline platform for the netrepreneur (or internet entrepreneur) and small business operator community to share experiences andideas through seminars and dialogue as well as listen to world-class speakers from the global business community discuss current pressing issues, best practices and future developments of e-commerce.

SeeNetrepreneur Summit schedule
This year’s Netrepreneur Summit continues the Alibaba Group tradition of recognizing excellence in e-business with the Top 10 Global Netrepreneur of the Year award ceremony. The event brings together a diverse coalition of successful netrepreneurs to share their success stories and further promote the principles of integrity, cooperation and responsibility amongst the e-commerce community.
See details about the awards and Netrepreneur candidate profiles



The Net Products Trade Fair is a series of offline trade fairs that are regularly held in cities such as Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Chengdu. Similar to previous events, the 8th Net Products Trade Fair in Hangzhou aims to connect high-ranking Taobao merchants directly to small and medium-size manufacturers on The relationships forged at the Fair can help these manufacturers tap the domestic China market by introducing their goods to local online consumers, and can provide Taobao’s best sellers with new sources of high-quality goods.
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