May 13 Event: Meet Yao Ming’s Yao Family Wines at Alibaba










Please join Monica Lee, Rick Chong, and a small group of angel investors & friends to learn more about NBA star Yao Ming’s Napa Valley venture, Yao Family Wines  and their Series A round —  a brief tasting of all three of their acclaimed wines will follow.

Held at Alibaba Group‘s San Francisco boardroom from 4:00pm-5:30pm, the presentation will be led by Tom Hinde, Yao Family Wine’s President and Director of Winemaking, Managing Director Jay Behmke, and Chief Marketing Officer Bill Sanders.

Founded in 2011, Yao Family Wines is a Napa Valley luxury wine brand with distribution in China and USA. With $8 million in sales to date, they are raising $3 million of their $5M total Series A round via a crowdfunding campaign. Some highlights of the round are below, but please visit for more details,, documents and investor conference call recordings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Alibaba Group Board Room
San Francisco, CA

Seats are limited to 15.  Please RSVP via your special invitation here by Monday, May 11.

147 Minna St, San Francisco (at 3rd St)

See highlights from Yao Family Wine’s  Crowdfunding Campaign page


Wed Apr 29 | HANK PAULSON: Dealing with China & Lessons for Silicon Valley


Please join us for our second CHINA NOW speaker event, an intimate VIP Power Breakfast with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.

* Seats are very limited, so early registration is advised.
* This event is a benefit for The 1990 Institute.  



In conversation with Katie Benner, Bloomberg View

China has rapidly emerged as a formidable economic heavyweight — what does that mean for U.S. businesses, investors and entrepreneurs?  Who really runs the country?  How can Western business and political leaders engage, compete, and succeed in China?

As head of Goldman Sachs, Henry M. Paulson, Jr., played a pivotal role in opening China to private enterprise. As Treasury Secretary, he encouraged U.S.-China trade and created the framework for economic dialogue with China. Drawing on his decades of rare access to modern China’s ruling elite, Paulson will answer the questions above and offer insights on how best to engage this new world power.

Paulson will also discuss his Risky Business Project, which quantifies and publicizes the economic risks by a changing climate, with partners Michael R. Bloomberg and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. With more than 300 million Chinese citizens expected to move into cities by 2030, Paulson also chairs the CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization, a Paulson Institute group of leading Chinese and Western CEOs (including Alibaba’s Jack Ma) who aim to transform China’s key urban areas into smarter cities.

Please join us for an intimate VIP breakfast and conversation with one of America’s top dealmakers.  Paulson’s newest book, Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower, will be released in mid-April, 2015.



Paulsn_thbHenry M. Paulson, Jr. is a businessman, China expert, conservationist and author. He is the founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which advances sustainable economic growth, a cleaner environment and cross-border investments in the United States and China. He is also co-chairman of the Latin American Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy and the Risky Business Project, a non-partisan initiative with former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, which aims to spur action to mitigate the effects of climate change before the worst potential outcomes occur.

Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and chief executive officer beginning in 1999.

In his best-selling book, On the Brink, Paulson describes his experiences as Treasury Secretary fending off the near-collapse of the U.S. economy during the Great Recession.  His newest book, Dealing with China, details his career working with scores of China’s top political and business leaders and witnessing the evolution of China’s state-controlled capitalism.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


KatieBenner_speaker photo3Katie Benner is a Bloomberg View columnist who writes about technology, innovation and the cult and culture of Silicon Valley. She previously worked at The Information, Fortune Magazine, The Street and CNN Money. Prior to her CNN days, Katie was a freelance writer based in China covering culture, business and politics for publications such as the South China Morning Post, Beijing Review, That’s Beijing and Xinhau Financial Network. She has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg West, Marketplace Radio and WNYC to discuss technology and Wall Street.


Katie most recently moderated The 1990 Institute’s China Now event, “Inside Alibaba: Globalizing China’s Largest Internet Company” with early Alibaba executive Brian Wong. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Bowdoin College and resides in San Francisco.




  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am  Breakfast Reception
  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am  Meet & Greet with Hank Paulson
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am  Program

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP
One Market Street, Spear Street Tower (enter at 55 Spear Street)

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