The Story of a Westerner Inside China’s



Porter first landed in China in 1994 and, after a year of Chinese language study, fell into a six-month stint as host of China Through Foreigners’ Eyes, a travel program on China Central Television.

After studying for an MBA in the United States from 1996-1998, Porter returned to China and worked at Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing, overseeing an Internet marketing group as China’s Internet began to take off. Lured by the excitement of joining an Internet startup, Porter joined in April 2000, just as the company moved out of a small apartment.

From 2000-2008, Porter worked as a Vice-President at and Alibaba Group, at various times leading the company’s international website operations, international marketing and corporate affairs. In 2002, Porter took a year off from Alibaba to travel around-the-world, during which time he spent two months riding a bicycle across China retracing the southern route of the Long March.

Porter’s career began in Washington, DC in 1992-1994 where he taught leadership workshops for high school students at the Close Up Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to hands-on education about the US democratic system.

Porter received a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Additional studies include courses at the Beijing Language University and the New York Film Academy.

Porter is also the author of Alibaba’s World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company is Changing the Face of Global Business (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

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Crocodile in the Yangtze is Porter's first film.



Giuseppe De Angelis’ education experiences in filmmaking were formally over in July 2000, when he graduated from the ‘Civic school of Cinema’ in Milan (Italy), with a Diploma in Film Editing. Since then he’s been working on almost any sort of film and video projects: feature films, short films, film documentaries, cartoons, tv programs, promos, commercials, etc…mostly as editor.

He worked for three years at ‘Rumblefishs.r.l.’, a production and post-production company in Milan where he worked as assistant editor on feature films, such as "Honolulu Baby" by Maurizio Nichetti, editor of various short films; editor of TV programs for MTV South Feed, drama, cartoons such as "CoccoBill" promos, corporate videos for SONY group and documentaries for RAI channels. He worked full-time at the Murdochs’ network ‘SKY Italia’, writing, editing specials, epk, backstage items and film news for Sky Cinema channels. In 2005/2006 he produced and directed two short films: "Enemy Closer" and "Midday Room" in Los Angeles, both of them were very well-regarded by International Film Festivals.

In 2009 he moved to New York to work as a producer and editor on documentaries, commercials and feature films for clients including UNDP, UNFPA, MPG, & Young Love Productions. He is also currently working as a film editing instructor at New York Film Academy’s branches in New York, Rome, Florence and Abu Dhabi (UAE).

At the end of 2011 he and Diana Santi formed a production company, Purple Reel Productions.