Alibaba Chairman's Early Pitch

Bloomberg has unearthed Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma's early pitch to 17 friends back in 1999. Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company, just went public with the largest IPO in history, making Ma one of China's wealthiest people.

In this short segment, Ma positions Alibaba as a global company, encourages an American work ethic, predicts the Internet bubble, and sets his IPO plan for 2002.


Discussion Starters:

  • Watch more recent videos of Jack Ma. What differences and similarities do you notice?
  • Watch Jack Ma's presentation at Stanford. What key messages do you hear? How would you rate Ma as a public speaker?