SLS in Beijing

SLS students traveled to Beijing with Professor G. Marcus Cole and Dean Elizabeth Magill to spend their Spring Recess learning about venture capital in China. The trip included roundtable discussions at the Stanford Center at Peking University, a tour of Innovation Works, a chance to meet local SLS alumni and much more.

Venture Capital China: Field Study

Perspectives: Venture Capital China: Field Study

China is a country very different from any we have encountered in the history of Western civilization. No nation has managed to lift more than 800 million people out of poverty over the course of fewer than 40 years (commencing with Deng Xiaoping’s market reforms in 1978). Over the most recent decade, this explosive growth and reform process has been accompanied by an increased importance of venture capital and private equity as growth drivers of the Chinese economic machine. This development has occurred against two key backdrops: what the Party refers to as “socialism with Chinese characteristics” and the cultural and political aspects inherent in Chinese society.

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