Only getting his first computer at age 33, Jack Ma is now one of the internet’s richest entrepreneurs. After being rejected from a job at KFC, the founder of Alibaba Group is now worth $37.3 billion.
Not known only for his enterprenuerial skills, Ma made his acting debut in a kung fu short film and is infamous for his stage performances at Alibaba events. In 2009, he dressed as a heavy metal singer and performed ‘Can you feel the love tonight’, while in 2017, he performed ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson at Alibaba’s 18th birthday celebrations.
Customer first, employee second, and investor third.
– Jack Ma, Ali Baba
Either you run the day, or the day runs you.
– Jim Rohn, Motivational Speaker
“Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh** out of option B.”
– Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”
– Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn
“Always deliver more than expected.”
Larry Page, Google
“Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.”
“If there’s something you want to build, but the tech isn’t there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen.”
Dennis Crowley, Foursquare
“Often times in order to capture your dreams, it will require you to chase your fears.”
— Neil Patel, Crazy Egg
“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.”
-Marc Benioff, Salesforce
“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.”
— Biz Stone, Twitter
Jack Ma Timeline
Born in Hangzhou, China
Graduated from Hangzhou Normal University with a B.A. in English
Ma, along with his wife Cathy, raised $20,000 for to start a website building company
Founded Taobao Marketplace, Alipay, Ali Mama and Lynx
Alibaba raised $25 billion after an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange
Ma stepped down as Executive Chairman of Alibaba group
Ma is worth $37.3 billion