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Alibaba founder Jack Ma presents bold ideas about globalization, leadership, education and the future – alongside some overbroad generalizations about gender and age. Keeping with tradition of the Davos Meet the Leader series, Ma draws often from his personal experience. He recalls being rejected for a job at KFC and becoming teacher of the year at his university, as well as co-founding Alibaba with many of his students. getAbstract recommends this casual chat with a business magnate.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why globalization remains unstoppable, despite its doubters; and
  • How to thrive as a professional and as a leader.

About the Speaker

Jack Ma co-founded online retailer Alibaba in his apartment in China in 1999. He is the executive chairman.



In the coming 30 years, tech will remake the world and leave it imbalanced. History’s two technological revolutions each triggered a world war. If technological disruption spurs a third world war, it should be a war on disease, pollution and poverty. Humankind must unite to solve shared problems, or it will again revert to violence. Trade helps align cultures and prevent war. Thus, despite some people’s doubts about globalization’s longevity, the trend remains unstoppable. Global trade enriched many nations. And though globalization has neglected small businesses, developing countries and young people, it’s still in its infancy. Humankind can improve globalization. Current generations are responsible to make it more inclusive. In recent decades, tens of thousands of large firms controlled globalization. In the next phase of globalization, millions – possibly tens of millions – of companies will likely shape global trade. Modern companies have an opportunity to become the “next Alibaba” by planning for the decade ahead, a strategy that launched Alibaba leader Jack Ma to the top of the business world. He lacked education, privilege, wealth or even expectation of his own success. Yet he predicted where business would be in a decade and strategized creatively.

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