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Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

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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 hund
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by Ecco
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susmita Its a good book, have started reading it. Worth the buy and to jot down how to go about building a product and having the product vision.

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Books about modern China can be very bad. Books about businessmen can be very bad. Books about the modern Internet can also be very bad. This book, on the other hand, is good.

The beginning of the book almost dips into corporate hero worship, but the main text of the book is a balanced and informative description of Jack Ma's life and work. Much is written here about the scale and speed of China's economic transformation. When Jack Ma was born in 1970, private business was unthinkable; when he b
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lots of interesting materials but just a poorly written and structured book. Needs serious editing and clean up.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Never underestimate Jack Ma. Those 4 words are the repeated storyline of this book. While this "school teacher" may come across as humble and common, his fondness for Forest Gump is foretelling. For those who liked The Everything Store story of Amazon, this book is the best English account of the unlikely tale of Alibaba and a Gump-like character known to the world as Jack Ma. Read this book and you will find that China has quite a few insights to teach the west about online shopping. Far more C ...more
Viet Nguyen
Duncan Clark đã kể một câu chuyện hết sức thú vị về Jack Ma, từ một cậu bé hiếu học ở Hàng Châu, một thầy giáo tỉnh lẻ trở thành CEO của Alibaba, một công ty thương mại điện tử hết sức thành công cả ở Trung Quốc lẫn trên thế giới. Cuốn sách đã lý giải những lý do dẫn đến thành công của Jack Ma: một phần lớn đến từ tính cách và sự khôn ngoan của ông, nhưng cũng nhờ đến những yếu tố khác như sự trỗi dậy của Internet ở Trung Quốc, những bước đi sai lầm của các công ty cạnh tranh khác như Yahoo, eBa ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a company biography of the Alibaba group in China. In parallel, it is an official biography of Jack Ma, the Chinese entrepreneur and former English instructor who is behind the growth of Alibaba. The book is written by a former Morgan Stanley analyst who got to know Jack Ma during the time when he advised Alibaba. The book is largely descriptive and follows the firm from its inception up through its recent IPO. There is even a concluding section updating the group since the IPO. The over ...more
Arun Divakar
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Today is brutal, tomorrow is more brutal, but the day after tomorrow is beautiful. However, the majority of people will die tomorrow night .”

Jack Ma’s quote finds resonance with any team/organization striving towards a lofty goal. There are days in your professional life when you are on the verge of throwing it all away and walking off and a lot many of us do just that. But still a few still persevere and this hard work eventually finds it’s worthy rewards. Alibaba’s rise to prominence in China
Jefi Sevilay
Ne kadar çok kitap okursam o kadar fazla hayal kırıklığına uğruyorum. Alibaba: Jack Ma'nın Evi de bu yıl beni hayalkırıklığına uğratan 3. biyografi oldu. Sanırım Walter Isaacson'un Steve Jobs biyografisi ağzımda öyle bir tat bırakmış ki geri kalanların hepsi ders notu gibi derleme haber geliyor.

Benim beklediğim Jack Ma gibi bulunduğu yere (milyar dolar cinsinden) tırnaklarıyla kazıyıp gelmiş birinin doğduğu ortam, onu etkileyen olaylar, hırsı ve çalışkanlığını, yaşadıkları zorlukları ve bu enge
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading Porter Erisman's "Alibaba's World" recently, this book by Duncan Clark is a useful continuation of the Alibaba story for me. Not continuation in the literal sense (since it also covers the period from startup to the second IPO) but rather it adds layers of information which I found useful.

While Erisman actually worked at Alibaba, Duncan Clark on the other hand only consulted for it. As such, I found Erisman's book much more anecdotal (based on his personal experiences), whilst Clar
Harish Challapalli
Alibaba- The house that Jack Ma built.

Alibaba- The bio that Duncan Clark spoilt.

Thanks to Duncan Clark for making jack ma’s bio so boring.. the writing was very poor.. I have seen some talks of jack ma, those were very inspiring.. I wanted to learn more about him and very interestingly started this book. My interest was spoilt almost in the beginning itself.. the basic structure of the bio itself was not planned properly..a half baked narration..

I think some author like Walter Isaacson must do
Mala Ashok
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
A full account of Jack Ma's rise to the internet mogul that ALibaba has made him.
The book was well-written but lacked humpor. I found it tough reading.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Internet expert in China, Duncan Clark wrote this book on a familiar figure in his circles, Jack Ma - founder of Alibaba (the Amazon of China) and its subsidiaries like Taobao. The work itself is truly a biography of Ma, or as close as one might get to a biography because I find that works like this do tend to treat their subjects with some sense of mythology. However, Clark could have written this a little more tightly and with better direction. I'm not surprised at all to find that the author ...more
Denis Vasilev
Получил информацию по истории Алибабы. Достоинства художественные у книги невелики, но выбор мал.
Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built is a biography of Jack Ma, founder of the "Amazon of the East" Alibaba. The book is written by a former Morgan Stanley employee, Duncan Clark, who has had a close relationship with the company since its inception in the late 1990's. Alibaba is a decent biography, chronicling the rise of Alibaba and the "Jack Magic" its multilingual and entrepreneurial founder brought to the table. Jack is an interesting character, as he has lead his company through the incep ...more
Prateek Gupta
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first 100 pages feels like a stint from Ocean Eleven. Jack Ma built an industry where internet penetration was non existent. With government watching every step you take, Alibaba transformed how small businesses function in an isolated country. With fierce competition from local players and eBay on the horizon, Jack Ma was able to defend the bastion and led the company to a record breaking IPO.
The last 50 pages are average and hence I had to bring down one star.
I would highly recommend this
Ryan Lackey
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5 stars. I’m a big fan of Jack Ma and Alibaba, but this biography just didn’t do a great job of introducing the reader to him. It was adequate, but focused on a lot of pointless details in some places, and short on facts and analysis on other places. It is especially hard to see how replicable what he did really is. The book felt sometimes fawning to a degree which really calls into question overall objectivity, too.
Tom Zacharski
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting perspective on the whole Chinese Internet market, not just Alibaba. I learned quite a bit about American companies’ struggles in China, the history of e-commerce battles between Alibaba and eBay, and also how Yahoo’s history was in many ways a story of a successful investment in Alibaba followed by massive mismanagement by the CEO. Add to that the colorful personality of Jack Ma and the involvement of Softbank (its CEO, Masayoshi San has a very different philosophy to Jack) an ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This actually ended up being a really great book outlining the state of Internet companies ecosystem in China: not only about Alibaba but also about Tencent, Baidu, Sina, etc and how Alibaba is positioned in this ecosystem. More informational than I thought
Abolfazl Fattahi
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
از بین کارآفرینان مشهوری که میشناسم جکما خیلی تو دل برو تر از بقیه است برای من، خیلی دوستش دارم، شاید کاری که جکما برای مردم چین طی سالهای گذشته انجام داده، کس دیگهای انجامش نداده باشه، جالبتر اینجاست که شرایط مدیریتی کشورش هم به نظرم از ما داغونتر بوده، راستش اصلا یادم نیست این کتاب رو کی و کجا خریدم، یه روز که مشغول مرتب کردن کمد اتاقم بودم چشمم بهش خورد و دلم خواست بخونمش و این کار رو هم کردم، کتاب خیلی خوبی بود، یکم به سادگی و شیوایی کتاب کفش باز نیست چون خودش ننوشته ولی دید خیلی خوبی از جکم ...more
Erdenebyamba Erdenebileg
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Үнэхээр дажгүй ном гэж хэлэх байна. Хүсэл мөрөөдөлтэй байх, түүндээ юу ч болж байсан итгэх нь хүнд ямар их хүч, бусад хүмүүсийн итгэлийг олгодогийг өөрийн амьдралаараа батлан харуулсан. Жак магийн туулж өнгөрүүлсэн, үзсэн харсан зүйлсийг энэ номонд багтаах боломжгүй байсан байх. Гэхдээ маш товч, тодорхой онц сонирхолтойгоор сийрүүлжээ. Түүнд зөвхөн хүсэл мөрөөдөл байсан ч өөрийгөө хамгийн шилдэг өндөр боловсролтой, хүчтэй хүмүүсээр хүрээлүүлсэн, зөв стратегитэй, ухаантай хөдөлж байсан нь түүнийг ...more
Manik Patil
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: MBA students, financial analysts
Who should read it?

This is a good book for those, who are unaware of Alibaba's humble beginnings and/or trying to get a handle on Asian STATs. For the uninitiated, alike the FANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google/AlphaBet) in the US, or nowadays MAGA (Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon), there is a similar acronym - STAT, which stands for Samsung, Tencent, Alibaba, and Taiwan Semiconductor. Alibaba plays a dominant role in one of the biggest markets as an online retailer.

Certainly a must-read
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is a 30,000-foot view of Jack Ma and also give us a brief survey of the Chinese internet economy in the last 20 years—the birth, boom, bust and rebirth. The author attributed Alibaba’s success mostly to Jack ma himself--his eccentricity, vision, local expertise, people skill, political wisdom, among others. As in the case of almost all successful businesses luck played a role here, from where Ma calls home, his timing of launching Taobao, the failure of potential competitors ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookstore
Cũng ham đọc cho biết với người ta, vì dạo này thấy giới trẻ nhiều bạn cuồng Jack Ma quá, nhất là sau đợt ổng qua diễn thuyết ở Việt Nam vừa rồi, mấy bạn lại còn trích dẫn các câu nói của ông này lên đủ thể loại mạng xã hội như phương châm sống của đời mấy bạn trong con đường khởi nghiệp
đọc xong thì thấy ok, fine
sách ổn
dịch ổn
Jack Ma công nhận giỏi, hay và xứng đáng có được cái khối tài sản như bây giờ (đọc sẽ biết mọi thứ không dễ dàng với ông ta - một người có xuất phát điểm cũng khá thấp, mọi
Brad B
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This would have been a far more interesting book if written by an experienced journalist; for me, most of Alibaba read as a long promotional piece for Jack Ma and the businesses he founded. There is some interesting content (I found the adventures of eBay and Yahoo! in China to be especially interesting) and some good insight into Chinese business culture. But a more well-rounded look at Jack Ma and his businesses would have been far more insightful. The author sometimes seems too much a fan of ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book covers both Alibaba story and its founder (as it's impossible to tell one from the other). The book shows Jack Ma a resilient, charismatic, and fair person with great leadership skills which were key ingredients to built Alibaba.
Alibaba, as company, grew up to a triangle of business, logistics, and payment as the three arms to support business - out of necessity of ensuring great customer service. Together as Richard Branson, and others, Jack advocates customer service first - which und
Цолмон Ядмаа
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Гарааны бизнес эхлүүлэх, эхлүүлээд явж буй олон залуучуудад урам зориг өгөх, уншууртай ном болсон байна.
Хамгийн анх байгаа онилохдоо зөв харж, мэдэрсэн бизнесийн төрмөл хүн гэлтэй. Өрсөлдөгчөө муулах биш, тэднээс суралцаж, өөрсдийн сул талаа засаж ирсэн нь тэдний нэг амжилт.
Орчуулгын компаниас ажлын гараагаа эхэлсэн технологийн мэдлэггүй ч дэлхийд үнэлэгдэхүйц технологийн корпорац байгуулалцсан тэр л замыг тод томруунаар, холбоо сүлбээг нь хүртэл нарийвчлан гаргаж бичсэн бүтээл байна.
Олон залу
William Kim
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
[Listened to the audiobook]: the author's style of glossing over details and dramatizing Jack Ma's personality made it hard for me to feel like I got much out of this book other than an appreciation for showmanship. I wished there were more stories about Jack's struggles, and how he approached success, as opposed to his public-facing comments (platitudes along the lines of, "we'll beat them easily, they don't know what they're doing, we're truly customer first!, etc.") Still OK for listening on ...more
Anurag Chandran
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
In Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, Duncan Clark has an eclectic collection of what could have been interesting stories IF written and structured well. Unfortunately for the reader, this book disappoints. Clark never really builds a narrative, and despite what seems like an earnest effort, is unable to give us the much-needed depth into who Jack Ma is. In my opinion, the book is a very mediocre initial foray into the charismatic entrepreneur and his baby, Alibaba. I would recommend holding ...more
Fab Mackojc
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Alibaba is an incredible business and Jack Ma is an incredible entrepreneur but this wasn’t the best business biography I’ve ever read. Most chapters were more like a list of facts rather than a story. Having said that I did learn a lot about the scale of China’s market and how much of a big business Alibaba is. I don’t think most people realize the sheer magnitude of China’s population and economy.
Anh Dang
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book about Chinese economics, dotcom boom, and start-up. Jack Ma is still a very exceptional individual. He is strong by keeping in touch deeply with his identities of Chinese, applying Eastern Philosophies into business.
Many people say Jack Ma is luck, but he is more than that. His biggest talent is catching the opportunity, being the right person, at right time, on the right track, and understand his country and people very well.
I wish this had been more of a story about Jack Ma and less about the boring aspects of trying to do business in China. Jack Ma seems fascinating, but the audio book was difficult to get through. Quite frankly boring. I was hoping for more back story (such as Shoe Dog, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk). Unfortunate.
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