Auctiva, Vendio to be special guests at a massive celebration marking the 10th anniversary of Taobao Marketplace, and the retirement of Alibaba Group Founder Jack Ma.
CHICO, Calif. — E-commerce providers Auctiva Corp. and Vendio Services Inc. are temporarily packing up their operations and heading to China—to attend a party.
But this won’t be just any party. Auctiva and Vendio are to be special guests of Alibaba.com at an Alibaba Group celebration in Hangzhou, China. The May 10 gala will mark the 10th anniversary of Taobao Marketplace, China’s largest online shopping site, and honor Alibaba Group CEO Jack Ma’s retirement from day-to-day operations of the company he founded in 1999.
Ma announced Jan. 15 that he will step down as CEO of Alibaba on May 10 to allow the next generation of Alibaba leaders to step forward. Jonathan Lu Zhaoxi, Alibaba Group executive vice president and Taobao CEO, was named as Ma’s successor.
The celebration will bring together more than 20,000 Alibaba Group employees from Greater China, India, Japan, Korea, the U.K. and the U.S.
“It’s such an honor to be invited to this celebration, and it tells me a lot about the character and spirit of this company that they’ve invited all of their employees worldwide to join them in celebrating this important anniversary,” says Auctiva founder and CEO Jeff Schlicht. “Being in a remote office, it’s sometimes hard to remember we’re a part of this much bigger company. This trip will give many employees the opportunity to feel the energy, first hand, of being part of something much bigger—both in Alibaba and in general.
“I’ve been to China myself many times, and I’ve always left inspired and energized,” Schlicht continues. “Not only being on the Alibaba campus, but the scale of the trip, the sites, the scale of the country and it’s people, the fast pace at which things are changing and growing there—it opens you to a broader worldview, gives you perspective, and I think enriches people. It opens you to venturing outside of your comfort zone. You see and feel like big things are happening and it makes you want to dream and accomplish big things yourself.”
This will be the first time Alibaba.com, the parent of Auctiva and Vendio, has hosted its entire U.S. team in China at once. More than 100 Auctiva and Vendio employees from Chico and San Mateo, Calif., and Bucharest, Romania, will attend the May 10 festivities in Hangzhou.
For more information, contact Alessandra Colaci, Auctiva’s marketing manager, at 530-592-8600or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auctiva Corporation, an Alibaba.com company, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions, and the largest eBay Certified Provider. Founded in 1998, Auctiva gives small merchants the power of large corporations by helping them build their brands, market their products and sell efficiently. Auctiva offers a wide array of listing, marketing and managing tools, as well as image hosting. For more information, please visit http://www.auctiva.com.
About Alibaba.com Limited
Alibaba.com (HKSE: 1688) (1688.HK) is the global leader in e-commerce for small businesses and the flagship company of Alibaba Group. Founded in 1999 in Hangzhou, China, Alibaba.com makes it easy for millions of buyers and suppliers around the world to do business online mainly through three marketplaces: a global trade platform (www.alibaba.com) for importers and exporters; a Chinese platform (www.1688.com) for domestic trade in China; and a transaction-based wholesale platform on the global site (www.aliexpress.com) geared for smaller buyers seeking fast shipment of small quantities of goods. Together, these marketplaces form a community of more than 79.8 million registered users in more than 240 countries and regions. As part of its strategy to transition into a holistic platform where small companies can build and manage their online businesses more easily, Alibaba.com also offers Chinese traders a wide array of business management software, Internet infrastructure services and export-related services directly or through companies it has acquired including HiChina and One-Touch, as well as educational services to incubate enterprise management and e-commerce professionals. Alibaba.com also owns Vendio and Auctiva, leading providers of third-party e-commerce solutions for online merchants. Alibaba.com has offices in more than 70 cities across Greater China, India, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.