Change lives. Change organizations. Change the world.
Stanford Graduate School of Business

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China 2.0

Stanford Graduate School of Business


VIDEOS: YouTube | Youku | Tencent

China 2.0 of Stanford Graduate School of Business, focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in China by looking at the drivers and dynamics of China as a digital power and its implications for commerce, communications, and content in the global economy.

China 2.0 convenes thought leaders in China and Silicon Valley, supports cutting-edge research and curriculum development by faculty, and organizes programs to educate students as next generation leaders.

A bridge between China and Silicon Valley, China 2.0 brings together executives, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and academics driving change on both sides of the Pacific through seminars and the largest annual China technology and business conferences hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford and in China.

Under the direction of SPRIE’s faculty co-directors, Marguerite Gong Hancock launched and led China 2.0 from 2010 to 2014. During this time, it has grown into a platform for convening thought leaders in China and Silicon Valley, supporting cutting-edge research and curriculum development by faculty, and organizing programs to educate students as next-generation leaders.

Through conferences at Stanford University and in Beijing, to date China 2.0 has engaged with more than 100 speakers, dozens of media, and more than 2,500 Stanford faculty, students, and alumni. China 2.0 seminars have enhanced student educational experiences and facilitated cross-campus faculty and student interaction. China 2.0 content has become part of our classrooms, online resources, and also reached hundreds of thousands of viewers in English and Chinese.

With staffing and a facility now grounded in Beijing, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is transitioning management of our China initiatives, including China 2.0. In early 2014, the GSB launched a new organization structured to further increase the research support of our faculty and their teaching objectives. That group, called Centers and Initiatives for Research, Curriculum and Learning Experiences (CIRCLE), supports areas of academic focus including social innovation, entrepreneurship, value chain, data and analytics, and corporate governance, in addition to China-related work.

China 2.0 has stimulated great energy among the investment and entrepreneur community from the world’s two most dynamic and exciting market markets. It’s been a very effective platform to showcase the spirit of Stanford, it’s been a strong statement for innovation and entrepreneurship.

-- Annabelle Yu Long (MBA '05), Chief Executive, Bertelsmann China Corporate Center; Managing Partner, Bertelsmann Asia Investments

In 1994, Stanford University and the Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing initiated the first connection of the public internet for China. Now China boasts nearly half a billion internet users, twice the online population in the US. Already home to two of the world’s top five internet firms with the highest valuation, China is giving birth to innovative start-ups and powerhouse billion-dollar firms in social networking, games, media, music and e-commerce. These companies thriving in China are increasingly impacting the global digital economy, by their sheer scale at home or through new developments, investments, or mergers and acquisitions abroad. Over the past decade and a half, flows of people, technology and capital across the Pacific have tied Silicon Valley and China together in the internet industry, re-defining the global landscape for collaboration and competition.

China, next to the U.S., is probably the only major nation where Stanford is clearly the educational institution of choice for the technopreneur community. China 2.0 is one of the few ways in which Stanford continues to reinforce this message in China. In parallel, as the Chinese TMT companies becomes the world’s largest companies by user and potentially revenue in the near future, Stanford needs to maintain this connection to the senior community of technopreneurs to enhance their global knowledge of best practices.

-- David Chao (MBA '93), Cofounder and General Partner, DCM

Research Objectives
China 2.0 focuses on the dynamics, drivers and implications of the rise of China’s internet industry. Research topics include:

  • China’s internet firms and leaders, from start-ups to billion dollar global players
  • China 2.0 firms’ emerging innovations - in technologies, processes and business models
  • Impact of the internet on China’s political economy including media and commerce
  • Patterns of domestic and global venture capital/private equity investment in China
  • Strategies, performance, and outlook for US internet companies in China
  • Comparisons, collaboration and competition of firms from China and Silicon Valley

China 2.0 is a platform for the Stanford and Silicon Valley community to engage with the key individuals, firms and ideas shaping China’s booming digital and consumer markets.

-- Duncan Clark, Chariman, BDA China

For example, one China 2.0 project by an interdisciplinary team at Stanford focuses on the evolution of the venture capital industry in China - who are the more than 600 venture capitalists and their firms (both domestic and foreign) that have invested in over 2600 firms in China during the past 15 years? How are they linked? What are the patterns for investment by sector, geography, financial ties, start-up team, etc.? And how do these factors relate to firm activity, such as in partnerships and firm performance?



The China 2.0 conferences hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business regularly attract over 600 people. The events draw alumni, students, and faculty, as well as attendees from companies/organizations including: Adobe, Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Applied Materials, American Express, Cisco, Deloitte, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Dropbox, eBay, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, LinkedIn, Oracle, Pearson,, Salesforce, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, SINA, Wells Fargo, and Yahoo!

China 2.0 has built an effective "bridge" and channel of communication between Stanford and the Chinese entrepreneurial community.  The forum has also served as a fine example of how Stanford helps to "change lives, change organizations and change the world.

-- Victor Koo (MBA '94), Chairman and CEO,
Youku Tudou Inc.

Media Coverage
  China 2.0 conferences and research output have attracted broadcast, print, and online coverage from leading media organizations such as: ABC7, All Things Digital, Associated Press, Bloomberg Businessweek, China DailyThe Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, The New York Times, Sina, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

China 2.0 provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand the key trends in the Chinese digital space, which are both changing China and the world.

-- Fritz Demopoulos, Founder, Queen's Road Capital; Cofounder, Qunar

China 2.0 was in China before China was in vogue at Stanford. I look forward to more faculty participation, research, and entrepreneurship education from Stanford on and in China to come, because of the foundation and industry relations built by China 2.0. Exciting times lie ahead.

-- Hans Tung, Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Past China 2.0 Speakers
Charles Chao
CEO & Chairman
of the Board, SINA
Joe Chen
John Hennessy
Stanford University
Jon Huntsman
Former U.S.
Ambassador to China
Victor Koo
Martin Lau
President, Tencent
Robin Li
Gary Locke
U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
Jack Ma
Alibaba Group