More than 150 people attended my book launch event in Palo Alto on December 10th. The conference room at DLA Piper law firm was filled with people, enjoying Champaign and fine hors d’oeuvres while networking with each other.
As usual, there are always last minute details that need to be attended to before an event. I was running around to help set up the book signing table, greeting friends who showed up to support me, and answering questions from fans.
As usual, there are always things that don’t work as they are supposed to. At the last minute, we discovered that the book trailer video, which was supposed to be projected on the background screen, did not work. Oh well.
At about 7 pm, Sara Rauchwerger, the president of Chamber of Commerce International Consortium for Entrepreneurs (CCICE), opened the meeting. Then, Gerald Brady, managing director of Silicon Valley Bank, introduced me and Forbes Beijing Bureau Chief Gady Epstein, who flew in from Beijing to attend the event.
The format of the evening was that Gady and I had a fireside chat about my book and China’s middle class. Continue reading