Venture Capital Associate @ Alibaba Group - San Francisco, CA

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Alibaba Group is a leading global Internet company and China’s most popular e-commerce destination, with annual gross merchandise volume exceeding RMB 4 trillion. We established a US Investment organization in 2013 to focus on making strategic investments in North America, Europe and Latin America. We are currently looking for a full-time Associate to join our team. A few of our announced investments to date include:

  • Zulily, a leading US eCommerce company for mothers and families (acquired by QVC for $2.4bn)
  • Lyft, a peer-to-peer transportation platform that connects passengers with drivers
  • Magic Leap, a visionary augmented reality/mixed-reality platform
  • Amblin Partners, leading film/TV production company founded by Steven Spielberg

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Strategy: Identify industry trends and strategic areas for investment
  • Due Diligence: Assist with competitive analysis, value proposition and product evaluation, deep financial modeling, interviews with industry experts, and presentations to the investment committee
  • Connectivity: Frequent travel to China to meet with top executives and exchange strategic views
  • Deal Tracking and Sourcing: Develop and maintain relationships with companies and stakeholders, including direct executive outreach and industry conference attendance
  • Industry Focus: e-commerce and media/entertainment

Candidate Criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree from a top university in a quantitative field
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of work experience at a leading investment bank, consulting firm, or technology company in a corporate development or related capacity; e-commerce and/or media experience preferred
  • Native fluency in Mandarin required (spoken and written)
  • You would:
    • Thrive working in a fast-paced start-up environment, while having the support of a 50,000 person firm
    • Enjoy a job that involves travel, including frequent trips to China
    • Like the challenge of being asked to operate outside of your comfort zone
    • Feel comfortable challenging conventional wisdom and advocating for the road less traveled
    • Consider yourself a highly motivated individual who can work with limited guidance
  • You are entrepreneurial and resourceful enough to overcome any deficiencies in the above!