How A Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global BusinesseBook - 2015
In September 2014, a Chinese company that most Americans had never heard of held the largest IPO in history--bigger than Google, Facebook and Twitter combined. Alibaba, now the world's largest ecommerce company, mostly escaped Western notice for over ten years, while building a customer base more than twice the size of Amazon's, and handling the bulk of ecommerce transactions in China. How did it happen? And what was it like to be along for such a revolutionary ride? Porter Erisman, one of Alibaba's first Western employees and its head of international marketing from 2000 to 2008, shows how Jack Ma, a Chinese schoolteacher who twice failed his college entrance exams, rose from obscurity to found Alibaba and lead it from struggling startup to the world's most dominant ecommerce player. He shares stories of weathering the dotcom crash, facing down eBay and Google, negotiating with the unpredictable Chinese government, and enduring the misguided advice of...
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