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Alibaba is a difficult read. It requires discipline to get to the end. For an author who claims to have worked closely with Ma there are very few real insights into how he achieved his success. Surprisingly some of the insights are extracted from public speeches made by Ma rather than from personal day by day cooperation. Is the dearth of insight due to a privacy agreement between Clarke and Ma? I finished the book feeling that I had worked hard to find out what he had done technically and financially to obtain such amazing sales. I expected more from this self proclaimed adviser to Ma.
I really appreciated the insight into Jack's Character, his optimism and the way in which his idealistic beliefs have fuelled Alibaba's success. I also gained a better understanding of the rise of the Chinese economy and how local companies such as Alibaba are better suited navigating the political and cultural landscape of China than many foreign competitors. I recommend this book for anybody who wants to know what makes Jack tick and for anybody who wants to understand the differences between tech companies in China and the West. I gave four stars because although the book is written very well and gives a wide range of understanding to Jack and Alibaba, at times I felt that it lacked a bit of direction and it seemed to finish fairly abruptly. still an amazing book and would highly recommend this book for anybody interested in the economy of the east.
I have been hearing Jack Ma's name pop up in the news quite frequently over the last couple of years. Who is he? What does he do to make himself become a billionaire? You will find the answer in this book. The book provides an account of how Jack Ma built up his company from scratch through strong-will and determination. There was a lot of trial and error along the way. The book provides a fascinating insight into how much change and development China has gone through over the decades. It is not a biography of Jack Ma's life, but more about how he built his company Alibaba.
I've read a number of books about billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Google guys and this book about Jack Ma has given me a better understanding of where China is in the Internet age. The book is easy to read, the writing style is to the point, the author has painted a great picture of this amazing man.