Ma Yun, known professionally as Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of Internet-based businesses.
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Spending money is much more difficult than making money.
IBM, Microsoft, the profit they made was larger than the top four banks in China put together... But where did the money go?
People say, 'Well you know the economy's bad, so China consumption will be low.
No, totally different. You Americans love to spend tomorrow's money, and other people's money maybe... We Chinese love to save money.
We want to help U.S. entrepreneurs, small business owners, and brands and companies of all sizes sell their goods to the growing Chinese consumer class. Chinese consumers will get to buy the American products they want. This, in turn, will help create American jobs and increase U.S. exports.
I flunked my exam for university two times before I was accepted by what was considered my city's worst university, Hangzhou Teachers University. I was studying to be a high school English teacher. In my university, I was elected student chairman and later became chairman of the city's Students Federation.
Before I left China, I was educated that China was the richest, happiest country in the world. So when I arrived Australia, I thought, 'Oh my God, everything is different from what I was told.' Since then, I started to think differently.
If we work so hard and put all the money in the hospital to buy medicine - it will be a disaster. Why we should work? So without a healthy environment of this Earth, no matter how much money you make, no matter how wonderful you are, you have a bad disaster.
As a business person, I want the world to share the prosperity together.
It's not that other countries steal jobs from you guys.
It's your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way.
The difference between Amazon and us is Amazon is more like an empire - everything they control themselves, buy and sell.
Our focused customers are small business and young people.
We did a great job in China. How can we help those young people in India, in Pakistan, in Africa. If they can use in the same ways.
The name Jack was given by an American tourist.
Every technological revolution takes about 50 years.
China's government is so strong on investment, so strong on exporting, but they're too weak on domestic consumption.
Our philosophy is, using internet technology, we can make every company become Amazon.
If you want to invest in us, we believe customer number one, employee number two, shareholder number three. If they don't want to buy that, that's fine. If they regret, they can sell us.
My job is to help more people have jobs.
I call Alibaba '1,001 mistakes.' We expanded too fast, and then in the dot-com bubble, we had to have layoffs. By 2002, we had only enough cash to survive for 18 months. We had a lot of free members using our site, and we didn't know how we'd make money. So we developed a product for China exporters to meet U.S. buyers online. This model saved us.
My vision is to build an e-commerce ecosystem that allows consumers and businesses to do all aspects of business online.
I respect Apple. It's a great company that changed the world, especially the mobile time.
I'm just a purist. What is important in my life is that I can do something that can influence many people and influence China's development. When I am myself, I am relaxed and happy and have a good result.
The very important thing you should have is patience.
I don't want to be liked. I want to be respected.
The lessons I learned from the dark days at Alibaba are that you've got to make your team have value, innovation, and vision. Also, if you don't give up, you still have a chance. And, when you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.
I think Yahoo is a great company, with great assets.
I want to stress the importance of being fair to our readers.
You should not impose your own view and prejudice on the readers and try to lead them to a conclusion. As a reader, I understand what a fair report is.
The big businesses are less willing to take risks.
I talked to some young people in Hong Kong, and they said they are lost. Young people indeed have fewer opportunities than before. But is it true that there are no more opportunities for them? No!
I want people to learn what democracy means.
In the beginning I just wanted to survive.
For the first three years, we made zero revenue. I remember many times when I was trying to pay up, the restaurant owner would say, 'Your bill was paid.' And there would be a note saying, 'Mr. Ma, I'm your customer on the Alibaba platform. I made a lot of money, and I know you don't, so I paid the bill.'
Helping doing business easier, we choose the name Alibaba because it is a global company. It is founded in China, but it was created for the world.
When we started the e-commerce, nobody believed that China would have e-commerce because people believed in 'guang-shi,' face-to-face, and all kinds of network in traditional ways. There's no trust system in China.
I want to change history, do something important in my life, and influence individuals like we have with millions of small businesses on Alibaba. Then they love and respect you because you made their life important.
The world is getting so small. Young people are mobile; they want to travel around the world. When you travel around the world, you exchange culture, you want to make friends, you want to exchange things.
Hong Kong people say Hong Kong needs to preserve its uniqueness.
I say Hong Kong's uniqueness is in its diversity, its tolerance of difference cultures... China does not want to see Hong Kong in decline. I have full confidence in its future.
Alibaba spends money on improving the products and services, not on kickbacks.
That's a good thing. It's called a value system, and because of that, we get more and more small- to medium-sized companies to support us in China.
My job is making money, helping other people make money.
I am spending money, trying to make sure more people get rich, because you cannot spend a lot of money, right? So my job is spending money, helping others. This is a headache.
Every government says they love small businesses, but what have they done for them? We should pull down all the barriers.
Trade is a communication of cultures and values.
I don't think I'm a workaholic. Every weekend, I invite my colleagues and friends to my home to play cards. And people, my neighbors, are always surprised because I live on the second floor apartment, and there are usually 40 pairs of shoes in front of my gate, and people play cards inside and play chess. We have a lot of fun.
Every time there's an election, people start to criticize China.
Trust the young people; trust this generation's innovation. They're making things, changing innovation every day. And all the consumers are the same: they want new things, they want cheap things, they want good things, they want unique things. If we can create these kind of things for consumers, they will come.
As a company, we have to be very transparent.
We are in a business very related to finance, and I want this company to last long, and I want this company to be audited by everyone.
I got my story, my dream, from America.
The hero I had is Forrest Gump... I like that guy. I've been watching that movie about 10 times. Every time I get frustrated, I watch the movie. I watched the movie before I came here again to New York. I watched the movie again telling me that no matter whatever changed, you are you.