Rating

8

Qualities

  • Innovative
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring

Recommendation

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.

Summary

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...

About the Speaker

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


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