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Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built

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Jim Meskimen

9 Hours 10 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

April 2016

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An engrossing, insider’s account of how a teacher built one of the world’s most valuable companies—rivaling Walmart & Amazon—and forever reshaped the global economy.

In just a decade and half Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into one of the world’s largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and Presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China’s booming private sector and the gatekeeper to hundreds of millions of middle class consumers.

Duncan Clark first met Jack in 1999 in the small apartment where Jack founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early advisor to Alibaba and two decades in China chronicling the Internet’s impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba’s rise.

How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from China and Silicon Valley? Can Alibaba maintain its 80% market share? As it forges ahead into finance and entertainment, are there limits to Alibaba’s ambitions?  How does the Chinese government view its rise?  Will Alibaba expand further overseas, including in the U.S.?

Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before.

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  • Michael N.

    Great book!!

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  • Danny Isaacs

    Very interesting.

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  • Steve Spillman

    Jack Ma is a fascinating individual. The book also gives us Westerners a glimpse into China trade and the throat slitting drama of billion dollar commercial investments. Duncan Clark is certainly the guy to write the story. I enjoyed the book. That said, at the end, I had the impression of listening to a very, very long fact sheet. Jack Ma, Alibaba, and China are all too consequential to ignore. This book is a good primer.

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