Check out this book review of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built as featured in this post from the Leaders are Readers blog.
The impact of Alibaba is not fully appreciated outside China as much as
it is within China. Outside China, people may have known the big IPO of Alibaba
($25 billion in 2014) and perhaps some odd founder but I don’t think they
understand how much the Internet has changed people’s lives and, particularly,
companies such as Alibaba boosted that process. Without the internet, it’s hard
to imagine how China would have evolved over the last few decades and how the
private sector would have driven the county forward.
When it comes to Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, he is presented as a
very entertaining person. The book goes back to his youth, the struggles and
the failures that he had in the past. Jack is a self-made man, not interested
in the government-connected privileged Harvard types. Moreover, he is a kind of
icon in China as he did not…
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