While researching information about website and social media inside China, I was led to the “Thoughtful China” website. An interesting headline caught my eye: “扬子江大鳄-A Crocodile in the Yangtze.”

A closer look: “Porter Erisman, a former Alibaba VP and filmmaker of “A Crocodile in the Yangtze” answers questions about Alibaba’s “David and Goliath” battle with eBay, its overseas ambitions, its recent M&A spending spree, its growing battle with Tencent to dominate China’s social commerce market and its upcoming IPO in the U.S.

I have read a lot of coverage about Alibaba and Jack Ma before, in Chinese and English, but this one sounds really interesting… so I clicked on the link. After watching the YouTube video, I would highly recommend it for anyone curious about the phenomenon of Alibaba: Taobao, Tmall, Chinese eBay…? Who is Jack Ma? This $160 billion company? Wall Street’s largest expected IPO?

It may not answer all your questions in 16 minutes, but Mr. Erisman indeed touches upon great insights from a Western insider’s perspective. (the film is available too)