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102 Jack Ma Quotes That Will Inspire You To Strive For Your Yearning

Famous As: Co-founder and Former Executive Chairman of 'Alibaba Group'
Born On: September 10, 1964
Born In: Hangzhou, China
Founder / Co Founder: Alibaba.com, Alibaba Group
Age: 58 Years
Ma Yun, laso known as Jack Ma, is an eminent Chinese business giant, internet and technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the chairman and founder of a conglomerate of Internet-based businesses named ‘Alibaba group’. Besides being one of the wealthiest men in China, he is also one of the richest people in Asia. He stood at the second place in World’s 50 Greatest Leaders list by Fortune in 2017. He is not only world’s most influential businessman but is also one of the world’s most powerful business leaders who is an inspiration and role model for many. We bring to you a collection of some profound quotes and sayings by Jack Ma which have been collected from his tweets, life, thoughts, works, public utterances and speeches which are rich in quotable quotes and advice and urge you to never give up. Let us browse through the wisdom of Jack Ma on die, together, path, give-up, never, money, patience, important, beginning, communication, people, innovation, vision etc which have been condensed into the following list of quotes and thoughts.
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I think U.S. and Chinese businesses need a common language and dialogue.

I think U.S. and Chinese businesses need a common language and dialogue.

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China is still the fastest growing economy in the world, but we need to learn how to use money in a better way, and it's about quality, not quantity.

China is still the fastest growing economy in the world, but we need to learn how to use money in a better way, and it's about quality, not quantity.

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It's impossible for China to keep 10 to 15% growth annually. The economy needed to slow down, and we have to learn to slow down.

It's impossible for China to keep 10 to 15% growth annually. The economy needed to slow down, and we have to learn to slow down.

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Consumption is still going up on Alibaba. This is because when the economy goes down people look online to Alibaba to buy cheaper things.

Consumption is still going up on Alibaba. This is because when the economy goes down people look online to Alibaba to buy cheaper things.

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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.

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.

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When I graduated from university I tried to buy a beeper, and it cost me $250. My pay at the time was $10 a month.

When I graduated from university I tried to buy a beeper, and it cost me $250. My pay at the time was $10 a month.

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Every technological revolution takes about 50 years.

Every technological revolution takes about 50 years.

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IBM, Microsoft, the profit they made was larger than the top four banks in China put together... But where did the money go?

IBM, Microsoft, the profit they made was larger than the top four banks in China put together... But where did the money go?

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Every government says they love small businesses, but what have they done for them? We should pull down all the barriers.

Every government says they love small businesses, but what have they done for them? We should pull down all the barriers.

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The competition between me and Bill Gates, probably: Who can spend money more effectively that can do better philanthropy.

The competition between me and Bill Gates, probably: Who can spend money more effectively that can do better philanthropy.

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EBay is a great company. There are a lot of good assets and good customers, and the U.S. people love it.

EBay is a great company. There are a lot of good assets and good customers, and the U.S. people love it.

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I absolutely don't have $20 billion. But I'd love to, right?

I absolutely don't have $20 billion. But I'd love to, right?

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I am going to enjoy some other things apart from business.

I am going to enjoy some other things apart from business.

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I don't want people in China to have deep pockets but shallow minds.

I don't want people in China to have deep pockets but shallow minds.

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I don't care about revenues.

I don't care about revenues.

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Year 2008 wiped out $19.2 trillion in US income... What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?

Year 2008 wiped out $19.2 trillion in US income... What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?

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I think Yahoo is a great company, with great assets.

I think Yahoo is a great company, with great assets.

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The name Jack was given by an American tourist.

The name Jack was given by an American tourist.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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A trade war would be a disaster for the world. It's very easy to slip into a trade war.

A trade war would be a disaster for the world. It's very easy to slip into a trade war.

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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.

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.

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When I was starting out, I thought about how the Internet is global and that we should have a global name, a name that's interesting. At that time, the best name was Yahoo! Suddenly I thought, 'Alibaba is a good name.'

When I was starting out, I thought about how the Internet is global and that we should have a global name, a name that's interesting. At that time, the best name was Yahoo! Suddenly I thought, 'Alibaba is a good name.'

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It's not that other countries steal jobs from you guys. It's your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way.

It's not that other countries steal jobs from you guys. It's your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way.

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When I was 12 years old, I got interested in learning English.

When I was 12 years old, I got interested in learning English.

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My job is to help more people have jobs.

My job is to help more people have jobs.

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People think, 'Jack, you do too much.'

People think, 'Jack, you do too much.'

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I want people to learn what democracy means.

I want people to learn what democracy means.

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China's government is so strong on investment, so strong on exporting, but they're too weak on domestic consumption.

China's government is so strong on investment, so strong on exporting, but they're too weak on domestic consumption.

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The difference between Amazon and us is Amazon is more like an empire - everything they control themselves, buy and sell.

The difference between Amazon and us is Amazon is more like an empire - everything they control themselves, buy and sell.

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Nobody wanted to believe Jack Ma.

Nobody wanted to believe Jack Ma.

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I tell the government, if people have no jobs, you are in trouble. Government will be in trouble. My job is to help more people have jobs.

I tell the government, if people have no jobs, you are in trouble. Government will be in trouble. My job is to help more people have jobs.

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I like to play cards. I'm not very good, because I don't want to calculate, I just play by instinct. But I've learned a lot of business philosophy by playing poker.

I like to play cards. I'm not very good, because I don't want to calculate, I just play by instinct. But I've learned a lot of business philosophy by playing poker.

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Every time there's an election, people start to criticize China.

Every time there's an election, people start to criticize China.

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What kind of business world are we living in?

What kind of business world are we living in?

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I know nothing about technology.

I know nothing about technology.

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I'm a normal guy.

I'm a normal guy.

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I even don't dare to watch our stock price, because this is what other people think who you are. I dare not watch it. I think, let the market take care of themselves; we should take care of the business.

I even don't dare to watch our stock price, because this is what other people think who you are. I dare not watch it. I think, let the market take care of themselves; we should take care of the business.

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When I was 12 years old, I went to swim in a lake, and I almost died in that lake because the water was too deep - much deeper than I thought.

When I was 12 years old, I went to swim in a lake, and I almost died in that lake because the water was too deep - much deeper than I thought.

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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.

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.

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Alibaba is an ecosystem that helps small business to grow.

Alibaba is an ecosystem that helps small business to grow.

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I don't shop online, but my wife buys everything at home. We buy sea crabs, fresh crabs, all kinds of things.

I don't shop online, but my wife buys everything at home. We buy sea crabs, fresh crabs, all kinds of things.

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You American people worry too much about the China economy. Every time you think China is a problem, we get better, but when you have a high expectation for China, China is always a problem.

You American people worry too much about the China economy. Every time you think China is a problem, we get better, but when you have a high expectation for China, China is always a problem.

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Today the financial market is no good, but the money is there.

Today the financial market is no good, but the money is there.

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Chinese people, young people, they don't go shopping a lot in department stores. All department store guys hate me. They say business is bad because of Jack.

Chinese people, young people, they don't go shopping a lot in department stores. All department store guys hate me. They say business is bad because of Jack.

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I believe the most important thing for the media is to be objective, fair, and balanced. We should not report a story with preconceptions or prejudice.

I believe the most important thing for the media is to be objective, fair, and balanced. We should not report a story with preconceptions or prejudice.

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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.

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.

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I respect Apple. It's a great company that changed the world, especially the mobile time.

I respect Apple. It's a great company that changed the world, especially the mobile time.

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If Alibaba cannot become a Microsoft or Wal-Mart, I will regret it for the rest of my life.

If Alibaba cannot become a Microsoft or Wal-Mart, I will regret it for the rest of my life.

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A peace talk is always difficult, always complicated.

A peace talk is always difficult, always complicated.

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A startup for entrepreneurs is like a baby, and I have five babies so far - experienced father.

A startup for entrepreneurs is like a baby, and I have five babies so far - experienced father.

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Our philosophy is, using internet technology, we can make every company become Amazon.

Our philosophy is, using internet technology, we can make every company become Amazon.

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If the 'Post' can play the role of a connector between the West and the East, I have confidence in the paper's future success.

If the 'Post' can play the role of a connector between the West and the East, I have confidence in the paper's future success.

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As a business person, I want the world to share the prosperity together.

As a business person, I want the world to share the prosperity together.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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The American multinational companies made millions and millions of dollars from globalization.

The American multinational companies made millions and millions of dollars from globalization.

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If you're doing business, not that simple to only buy. You have to create something. You have to create something that never exist for the future.

If you're doing business, not that simple to only buy. You have to create something. You have to create something that never exist for the future.

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I try to make myself happy, no, because I know that if I'm not happy, my colleagues are not happy and my shareholders are not happy and my customers are not happy.

I try to make myself happy, no, because I know that if I'm not happy, my colleagues are not happy and my shareholders are not happy and my customers are not happy.

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My vision is to build an e-commerce ecosystem that allows consumers and businesses to do all aspects of business online.

My vision is to build an e-commerce ecosystem that allows consumers and businesses to do all aspects of business online.

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I'm not a tech guy. I'm looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people's eyes.

I'm not a tech guy. I'm looking at the technology with the eyes of my customers, normal people's eyes.

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The very important thing you should have is patience.

The very important thing you should have is patience.

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Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.

Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.

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Trade is a communication of cultures and values.

Trade is a communication of cultures and values.

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I'm coming to this world not to work. I want to come to this world to enjoy my life. I don't want to die in my office. I want to die on the beaches.

I'm coming to this world not to work. I want to come to this world to enjoy my life. I don't want to die in my office. I want to die on the beaches.

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I don't want to be liked. I want to be respected.

I don't want to be liked. I want to be respected.

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Spending money is much more difficult than making money.

Spending money is much more difficult than making money.

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We should keep on going along the path of globalization. Globalization is good... when trade stops, war comes.

We should keep on going along the path of globalization. Globalization is good... when trade stops, war comes.

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The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.

The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.

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You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.

You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.

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Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.

Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.

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There are big problems that change the world. If we are working together, that will make us understand each other, appreciate each other, help each other.

There are big problems that change the world. If we are working together, that will make us understand each other, appreciate each other, help each other.

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When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.

When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.

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I believe always you should have a philanthropic heart inside but business way. Because you have to get things done. That is what scientists tell us how to do properly. Business should tell us how to get things done efficiently. And government should have the good environment and the foundations of researching.

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I'm humble 'cause I think many years ago people say, 'Well, Alibaba's terrible company'. And I know we were not that terrible. We're pretty good; we're better than people thought. But today, when people have a high expectation on you, and I start to worry and nervous because we are not good yet.

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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!

Jack Ma

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.

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There's an examination for young people to go to university. I failed it three times. I failed a lot. So I applied to 30 different jobs and got rejected. I went for a job with the police; they said, 'You're no good.' I even went to KFC when it came to my city. Twenty-four people went for the job. Twenty-three were accepted.

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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.'

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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.

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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.

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Our philosophy is that we want to be an ecosystem. Our philosophy is to empower others to sell, empower others to service, making sure the other people are more powerful than us. With our technology, our innovation, our partners - 10 million small business sellers - they can compete with Microsoft and IBM.

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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.

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I think young generation is always better than last generation. No matter you like it or don't like it. My father said, 'Jack, I'm so good, you'll never be' - but I'm better than him. My father is better than my grandfather. My children will be better than us.

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The more I come to know about the outside world's perception of China, the more I feel there are all sorts of misunderstandings, and to a certain extent, people do not get the full picture from the media. A lot of foreigners have few opportunities to visit China, and a lot of Chinese people do not have the chance to go to Europe or to the West.

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The most important thing is to make the technology inclusive - make the world change. Next, pay attention to those people who are 30 years old, because those are the internet generation. They will change the world; they are the builders of the world.

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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.

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On privacy issues, it's just like hundreds of years ago when people said, 'I would rather put my money under my pillow than in a bank.' But today, banks know how to protect money much better than you do. Today, we may not have the answers to privacy issues, but I believe our young people will come up with the solutions.

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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.

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I think globalization is a great thing. And now a lot of people complain about globalization; a lot of people don't like, you know, the globalize of the concept, the idea of the results. I think the globalization is a great idea and to create a lot of jobs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What a publication can do is to help people get a clearer picture without jumping to any rash conclusion. I'm very happy that the 'Post' can take the responsibility to report on China in a broader and deeper way. I believe the 'Post' must be fair to our readers. We should let our readers see China from more angles and perspectives.

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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.

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My dream was to set up my own e-commerce company. In 1999, I gathered 18 people in my apartment and spoke to them for two hours about my vision. Everyone put their money on the table, and that got us $60,000 to start Alibaba. I wanted to have a global company, so I chose a global name.

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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.

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Asia is changing, and China is changing. The 'Post' will have great opportunities. With its access to Alibaba's resources, data, and all the relationships in our ecosystem, the 'Post' can report on Asia and China more accurately compared with other media that have no such access.

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When we first started our internet company, 'China Pages', in 1995, and we were just making home pages for a lot of Chinese companies. We went to the big owners, the big companies, and they didn't want to do it. We go to state-owned companies, and they didn't want to do it. Only the small and medium companies really want to do it.

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