Ever since the Alibaba Group went public on September 19, 2014—with an initial public offering of a record-breaking $25 billion—Jack Ma, the founder and charismatic "spiritual leader" of the e-commerce behemoth, has been making headlines around the world. In 2014, the company's online transactions totaled $248 billion—more than those of Amazon and eBay combined. The first Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes, Ma is the now the second-richest man in China, with a net worth that is estimated to be north of $29 billion.
Despite Ma's massive influence in China and in the global tech world, his inspirational rags-to-riches story is relatively unknown to the general American public. Never Give Up: Jack Ma In His Own Words is a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of arguably the most prominent figure in the global tech world in the past 20 years—comprised entirely of Ma's own thought-provoking and candid quotes.
When Ma decided to start his first Internet company in 1999, few Chinese people knew what the Internet was. Ma, a former English teacher, knew nothing about coding, and his $20,000 in startup funds were not made up of investments from venture capitalists but loans from his family. He channeled his startup experience into Alibaba, a group of websites that allows businesses and people to connect in order to buy and sell products (similar to eBay and Amazon) while also collecting advertising revenue (similar to Google). By some measures, Alibaba is now the largest e-commerce site in the world.
In this book, more than 200 quotes on business values, innovation, entrepreneurship, competition, management, teamwork, life, and more provide an intimate and direct look into the mind of this modern business icon and philanthropist. Many of these quotes are translated directly from the Chinese press and interviews. For readers who do not read Chinese and have no other access to these materials, this book provides invaluable insight into the mind of one of the world's most successful business magnates.
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Suk Lee is a publishing veteran who has worked for several decades with many major American publishers. She lives in New York City. Bob Song is a Chinese publishing and IT industry veteran. He lives in Beijing.Review:
Praise for Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba:
"The most powerful businessman in Asia." —Forbes
"[China's] greatest rags-to-riches hero, an inspiration to a generation of budding entrepreneurs." —The Guardian
"An icon of China's entry into the digital age." —Time
Ma’s company has, in a way, revealed the potential of small and mid-sized businesses across the globe.” —Business Insider
"A serial disrupter— an outsider with a knack for creating new markets by re-imagining old industries." —New York Times
"Godfather of China's scrappy entrepreneurial spirit." —Financial Times
Praise for previous titles in Agate B2's In Their Own Words Series:
"It's the same treatment given such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Hitchens and offers Jobs's views on life, death, technology and design, among other topics." Timothy R. Smith, The Washington Post
"[It's] like eating salted peanuts: Once you start reading, it's hard to stop." Anne Fisher, CNN Money
"A 160-page collection of quotes from the most iconic product pitchman since P.T. Barnum." Ben Popper, The New York Observer BetaBeat blog
"A much better Jobs product is coming soon. It’ll entertain you for hours, and no it is not a Jobs-branded iPad or anything similarly high-tech. It is, friends, an old-fashioned book!" Hillary Reinsberg, Mogulite
"Inspirational reading pleasure." Courtney Boyd Myers, The Next Web
"The kind of book that you read, think about, and then pass on to a friend or colleague...I learned a lot about Jobs’ thinking process." Allen Stern, CenterNetworks
"A short work to be dipped into for nuggets of business (or law firm) wisdom..." Michael Roach, Law Technology News
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Buchbeschreibung Ingram Publisher Services Jul 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - 'A collection of direct quotes from Jack Ma on topics related to business, entrepreneurship, his company, Alibaba and life'-- Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781572841895