Jack Ma in running for Time magazine Person of Year

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma (center) leaves after the Fifth Conference of Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce in Beijing on Dec 6. Ma was awarded Honorary Chairman of Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce during the conference.

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma (center) leaves after the Fifth Conference of Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce in Beijing on Dec 6. Ma was awarded Honorary Chairman of Zhejiang Chamber of Commerce during the conference.

Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, has been nominated by the editors of Time magazine as one of eight finalists for the Person of the Year.

Other nominees include the Ferguson, Missouri, protesters, the Ebola caregivers, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Apple CEO Tim Cook, singer Taylor Swift, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani.

Since 1927, the magazine has chosen “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year”.

Ma is described by the magazine as “an English teacher-turned founder and CEO of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant which debuted a $25 billion IPO”. The winner will be announced on NBC’s Today show Wednesday, according to Radhika Jones, deputy managing editor of Time.

“This is the year of Alibaba’s IPO and the beginning of global expansion for Chinese Internet business models,” said Hans Tung, managing partner at GGV Capital and an early investor in Xiaomi. “It is very exciting,”

Ma grabbed global headlines in September with Alibaba’s record-breaking $25 billion IPO, which made him the richest man in China.

“E-commerce will disrupt physical retail worldwide especially in emerging markets like China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, etc,” said Tung.

Alibaba reported more than $9 billion in sales on China’s Singles’ Day shopping festival on Nov 11.

Ma plays a key role in shaping global e-commerce and making it borderless.

In November, a group of high-end US retailers teamed up with Alipay, which will enable online shoppers in China to purchase goods through Alipay’s ePass in yuan.

Electric carmaker Tesla and big-box retailer Costco opened flagship online stores on Tmall, one of Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms.

Ma also has invested ample cash in US startups.

The company 1stdibs, a New York-based marketplace for luxury goods, was the first investment announced by Alibaba in 2014.

In March, Alibaba invested $215 million in Tango, a California-based messaging and free-calling app company. Alibaba participated in a $250 million round of series D funding for Lyft, a transportation network company in San Francisco, in April.

In June, Alibaba helped finance Peel, a California-based, TV-control app maker.

Alibaba in July put $120 million into Kabam, a video-game startup that is now worth more than $1 billion.

In October, Alibaba Group partnered with Silicon Valley-based search engine Quixey to power app searches for its mobile operating system YunOS.

Reference – China Daily (click here for full article)

Lunar New Year Bash 辛辛那提2015 春节庆典

Don’t miss your last chance to be part of the biggest Chinese Lunar New Year bash around Greater Cincinnati Area.

Grab a ticket before the 2015 Lunar New Year Gala is sold out.

This year’s Gala will feature unique traditional Chinese cultural performances and dainty Asian inspired cuisine. It will be held in the beautiful venue at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati on Friday Feb. 6, 2015 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.
Besides the fantastic food and entertainment, it is also a great opportunity to network and connecting with many local and international businesses.
We have more than 200 already registered to attend and we invite YOU to join us celebrating the upcoming of Year of Ram.

辛辛那提2015 春节庆典


在辞旧迎新羊年即将到来之际,由辛辛那提中国商会主办,一年一度的2015年庆新春大典将于2月6日在马蹄铁赌场(Horseshoe Casino)举行。届时,辛城各商界人士将集聚一堂,一起度过一个喜庆的夜晚。

时间: 2015年2月6日 星期五 晚5点半至 8点。
地点:马蹄铁赌场(Horseshoe Casino)1000 Broadway Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Cincinnati 10th Best Metro Area for STEM Professionals

Greater Cincinnati was named the 10th Best Metro Area for STEM Professionals in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com.

On the heels of our earlier report on the Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job, WalletHub analyzed the 100 most populated metropolitan statistical areas across 11 key metrics to help STEM professionals find the best markets for their valuable occupations. Our data set ranges from job openings per capita for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM jobs.

STEM Job Market in Cincinnati (1=Best; 50=Avg.)

36th – STEM Employment Growth
24th – STEM High Schools Index
16th – Annual Median Wage for STEM Workers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
7th – Housing Affordability for STEM Professionals
22nd – Unemployment Rate for People with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

2015 Lunar New Year Gala

Come for the lion dance and live music, stay for the great food and good people.

Our annual Lunar New Year Gala will take place Friday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. The event is our opportunity to celebrate the most important holiday in Asian culture together. We want to bring the business community of Cincinnati (and beyond) together to mix, mingle and enjoy a fine evening of Chinese cultural celebration.

Our program includes a lion dance to start the proceedings, followed by plenty of time for networking and enjoying Asian-inspired cuisine by the Horseshoe’s highly trained chefs. We are lining up live performances by students from the UC’s College Conservatory of Music, as well as live solo performances by world class Chinese performers. The City of Cincinnati will present a proclamation in honor of harboring better China-Cincinnati relations. It is going to be a big event.

We want to garner improved relations between China and Cincinnati and we want to invite you to help us do it.

General Seating & Tickets Purchase

  • Guests also can purchase a full table of 10 seats at $1,500.
  • Half page advertisements can be purchased separately at $250.
  • All Active Members can purchase tickets individually before Jan. 15 at $100; after at $150
  • At-The-Door (check only), Non-members (general public) can purchase tickets individually at $200.

The Chinese Chamber holds this event each year to celebrate the community and raise funds for its operations throughout the rest of the year. Sponsorship is a great way to spread good will to a community that is growing quite quickly, especially with the massive influx of Chinese students attending local universities. We look to serve this new community and that of the export realm in the region too. We do this by collaborating with other movements to encourage immigration and diversity awareness. For example, our representatives play key roles in Mayor John Cranley’s Task Force on Immigration, Diverse by Design, UC’s China Initiative, and more.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Jade Sponsorship – $5,000

  • Name and logo recognition in web promotional materials
  • Full page advertisement in event’s program
  • Welcome remarks and introductions of key sponsor attendees
  • Recognition during the event
  • List of gala attendees
  • 2 seats at the head table
  • 2 full tables of 10 seats each at preferred location

Gold Sponsor – $3,500

  • Name and logo recognition in web promotional materials
  • Half-page advertisement in event’s program
  • Recognition during the event
  • List of gala attendees
  • 1 full table of 10 seats at preferred location

Silver Sponsor – $2,000

  • Name and logo recognition in web promotional materials
  • List of gala attendees
  • Recognition during the event
  • 1 full table of 10 seats