The House That Jack Ma Built

Book - 2016 | First edition
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Traces the founding of Alibaba, the world's second largest Internet company, by an English teacher from humble origins, drawing on exclusive interviews to explore how the company and Jack Ma have become icons and leading employers in China's booming private sector.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062413406
Branch Call Number: 381.142095 C5476A 2016
Characteristics: xvi, 287 pages : maps, illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 06, 2017

Loose summary of main points captured in the book
Lifestory of Jack Ma. Born in a poor family - learnt english by talking to tourists in hangzhou - further improved by writing letters to Ken Morley in Australia whom he befriended in one of his visits to China - became lecturer in English & international trade - started his Haibo translation agency (word of mouth publicity through his ex-students) - asked for help by Tonglu county government for communication with American company who was planning to invest in highway in China - his visit to America & came to know about America - 2nd venture China Pages (online yellow pages for Chinese companies) - general manager of Infoshare technology (dept of MOFTEC) where he got opportunity to interact with Jerry Yang (Yahoo founder) - 3rd time he was successful when he found Alibaba (1999) - meeting with Joe Tsai who would play an important role in the company - Goldman invests valuing the company at $7 millions - Softbank invested later on $20 mn - Masayoshi Son highly impressed - Shao Yibo found Eachnet after graduating from Harvard and it was later 33% acquired by ebay - Taobao launched (C2C business) - eBay aligned the site like its US operations and later China site was migrated and integrated into global site - ebay lost China - Yahoo's billion dollar bet (40% stake at valuation of $4 bn) - Rise of companies such as Tencent, Baidu discussed - Alibaba IPO in Hong Kong - Alipay launched (Paypal equivalent) - cloud computing subsidiary Aliyun - IPO on NYSE, selling 12% stake and raised $25 bn largest IPO in history - fighting over fakes - yunfeng, PE firm in which Jack holds 40% stake - invested in many companies alongwith Tencent its rival - investment in media & entertainment companies.

Jun 29, 2016

A full account of Jack Ma's rise to the internet mogul that ALibaba has made him.

The book was well-written but lacked humpor. I found it tough reading.


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