Book Review : Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built

Gyan Management Journal
Year: 2018(Jan-Jun), Volume: (12), Issue. (1)
First page: (106) Last page: (111)
Online ISSN: A/F
Print ISSN: 2250-348X

Book Review : Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built
Dr. Aneet 

Director, Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, Mohali 
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09 feb 2018

10 Apr 2018

Online Published:
15 Jun 2018

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How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from both China and Silicon Valley? As it forges ahead into finance and entertainment, are there limits to Alibaba’s ambitions? How does the Chinese government view its rise? Will Alibaba expand farther overseas, including into the United States? Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before. “…Jack Ma is part Bill Gates, part Steve Jobs, part Larry Page, part Sergey Brin, and part Mark Zuckerberg, all rolled into one.”—Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP. This also gives insight into Chinese culture which is very similar to India. In India too, Tata & Ambani stories are similar to Jackma. Jack Ma, the founder of the Alibaba group, was never a techie. Growing up in the Chinese province of Hangzhou, Ma used to cycle to the Shangri-La hotel as a teenager just to speak to foreigners and improve his English. Once he became fluent in the language, Ma got his firstjob as an English teacher at the Hangzhou Institute of Electronic Engineering at the age of 24. For an assignment, Ma travelled to Seattle, US, in 1995 and was introduced to the world of the Internet, where he famously typed in a search query for “beer”. There were no entries for Chinese beer. Ma then searched for “China” and found no entries for the country either. “Why don’t I make something about China?” he asked his friend Stuart Trusty, who worked in Seattle as an consultant. And that’s how was born in 1995.


entertainment , momentous economic , Hangzhou , China