Words matter. These are the best Jack Ma Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
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.
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.
The difference between Amazon and us is Amazon is more like an empire – everything they control themselves, buy and sell.
We should keep on going along the path of globalization. Globalization is good… when trade stops, war comes.
I know nothing about technology.
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 absolutely don’t have $20 billion. But I’d love to, right?
Every time there’s an election, people start to criticize China.
I don’t want people in China to have deep pockets but shallow minds.
Year 2008 wiped out $19.2 trillion in US income… What if the money was spent on the Midwest of the United States?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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’s government is so strong on investment, so strong on exporting, but they’re too weak on domestic consumption.
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.
Every government says they love small businesses, but what have they done for them? We should pull down all the barriers.
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.
Consumption is still going up on Alibaba. This is because when the economy goes down people look online to Alibaba to buy cheaper things.
As a business person, I want the world to share the prosperity together.
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.
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.
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.
I think Yahoo is a great company, with great assets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think U.S. and Chinese businesses need a common language and dialogue.
I want people to learn what democracy means.
People think, ‘Jack, you do too much.’
I don’t care about revenues.
When I was 12 years old, I got interested in learning English.
When I am myself, I am happy and have a good result.
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.
My job is to help more people have jobs.
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.
The world needs new leadership, but the new leadership is about working together.
I am going to enjoy some other things apart from business.
The American multinational companies made millions and millions of dollars from globalization.
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.
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.
A trade war would be a disaster for the world. It’s very easy to slip into a trade war.
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.
A startup for entrepreneurs is like a baby, and I have five babies so far – experienced father.
Today the financial market is no good, but the money is there.
Alibaba is an ecosystem that helps small business to grow.
It’s not that other countries steal jobs from you guys. It’s your strategy. Distribute the money and things in a proper way.
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.
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.
The very important thing you should have is patience.
When I was 12 years old, I got interested in learning English.
A peace talk is always difficult, always complicated.
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.
Spending money is much more difficult than making money.
The competition between me and Bill Gates, probably: Who can spend money more effectively that can do better philanthropy.