Jack Ma (Alibaba)

0:01 Crazy Jack 

6:59 The internet is filling the void created by state planning 

20:35 Jack has made a career out of being underestimated: “I am a very simple guy. I am not smart. I might have a smart face but I’ve got very stupid brains.”

24:43 Jack’s early life / Discipline and Curiosity 

40:00 Jack Magic: “ Nobody saw the opportunity in this business. We didn’t make much money at first, but Jack persevered…I respect him tremendously for he has a a great ability to motivate people and he can invest things that seem hopeless with exciting possibility. He can make those around him get excited about life.” 

47:06 Jack’s first time on the Internet 

55:45 Another lucky break: Meeting Yahoo Founder Jerry Yang

57:02 Making money from shrimp 

1:00:43 The worst deal he ever made 

1:04:45 Masayoshi Son: Founder of Softbank 

1:10:16 Be the last man standing 

1:13:32 Ebay vs Alibaba: A case study in what not to do 

1:23:00 Yahoo’s billion dollar bet 

1:27:00 Jack’s unique reaction to the financial crisis 

1:33:12 Alipay’s ownership changes ( one of the craziest stories I’ve read) 

1:46:10 If I had another life, I would keep my company private 

Read Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built. If you would rather listen to the book you can get two free audiobooks by trying Audible

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