Alibaba by Duncan Clark audiobook

Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built

By Duncan Clark
Read by Jim Meskimen

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062413406
9.15 Hours Unabridged
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An engrossing, insider’s account of how a teacher built one of the world’s most valuable companies—rivaling Walmart & Amazon—and forever reshaped the global economy. In just a decade and half Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into one of the world’s largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and Presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China’s booming private sector and the gatekeeper to hundreds of millions of middle class consumers. Duncan Clark first met Jack in 1999 in the small apartment where Jack founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early advisor to Alibaba and two decades in China chronicling the Internet’s impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba’s rise. How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from China and Silicon Valley? Can Alibaba maintain its 80% market share? 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 further overseas, including in the U.S.? Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before.

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An engrossing, insider’s account of how a teacher built one of the world’s most valuable companies—rivaling Walmart & Amazon—and forever reshaped the global economy.

In just a decade and half Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into one of the world’s largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and Presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China’s booming private sector and the gatekeeper to hundreds of millions of middle class consumers.

Duncan Clark first met Jack in 1999 in the small apartment where Jack founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early advisor to Alibaba and two decades in China chronicling the Internet’s impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba’s rise.

How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from China and Silicon Valley? Can Alibaba maintain its 80% market share? 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 further overseas, including in the U.S.?

Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A clean and compelling narrative…[Clark] tells the story with flair.” Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating new book.” Economist (London)
“A must-read for anyone hoping to navigate China’s new economy.” Financial Times (London)
“This absorbing and well-written portrayal of Ma’s character and his role in Alibaba’s development will appeal to a wide range of readers.” Library Journal
“Narrator Jim Meskimen brings an unassuming charm and perfect timing to his performance of this engaging book about the Chinese ecommerce hub Alibaba. Alert to every nuance in the writing—he’s a longtime associate of Jack Ma—Meskimen delivers this fast-moving narrative with appealing authority.” AudioFile
“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 book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the present China and the heartbeat of a great entrepreneur.” Tim Draper, founder of Draper Associates, DFJ, and Draper University
“This book provides excellent insight into the world of Jack Ma…Definitely on the short list for those who wish to understand the Chinese economy today.” Ken Wilcox, chairman emeritus, Silicon Valley Bank

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Author

Author Bio: Duncan Clark

Author Bio: Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark is chairman and founder of BDA China, a consultancy he founded in Beijing in 1994 after four years as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. Duncan divides his time between his home in Beijing and fresh air outposts in the San Francisco bay area and London. A British citizen who grew up in the UK, US, and France, Duncan was recently appointed OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for services to British commercial interests in China.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 9.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English