Summary of Alibaba

The House That Jack Ma Built

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Alibaba book summary
How Jack Ma, schoolteacher turned billionaire, built Alibaba into much more than the “Amazon of China.”


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Calling Alibaba “the Amazon of China” understates its influence. Chinese shoppers visit Alibaba’s Tmall and Taobao sites for everything from groceries to SUVs to fake girlfriends. Alibaba has more customers than the US has citizens. The heart of the Alibaba story is founder and CEO Jack Ma. Author Duncan Clark, an American working in China, notes that he foolishly decided not to invest in Alibaba, a move he figures has cost him some $30 million. Clark also offers useful commentary, particularly about Alibaba repelling eBay’s incursion into China. From his not-quite-insider’s perch, he engagingly conveys Alibaba’s rise. getAbstract recommends the Alibaba story to investors and managers seeking insight into China’s economy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Alibaba grew from modest roots into an online giant;
  • How Alibaba defeated eBay in China; and
  • How founder Jack Ma leads according to his “Six Veins” of corporate success: “customer first,” “teamwork,” “embrace change,” “integrity,” “passion” and “commitment.”


Bigger than Amazon
Alibaba is a global giant that grew from modest roots. From origins in founder Jack Ma’s apartment, the Chinese firm expanded rapidly – up from 27 merchants in 2009 – raising a record $25 billion in its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. ...
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About the Author

Mandarin speaker and former Morgan Stanley investment banker Duncan Clark founded an investment advisory firm in Beijing. He has lived and worked in China for more than 20 years.

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