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The Tao of Alibaba with Brian Wong

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When China went through its internet revolution, there was very little in the way of retail and finance infrastructure, so the internet filled in the gaps, says Brian Wong, former VP of Alibaba Group. Today, 52% of China's retail sales are done through e-commerce, compared to 19% in the USA. 

Brian details his time working at Alibaba from when it was a start-up in the fastest-growing economy and industry to its current position as the largest e-commerce company in the world. He talks about the influences of eastern philosophy on doing business in China, universal management principles, and the role government plays in funding infrastructure where digital businesses can thrive. He also discusses super apps, leading without leading, and embracing change


Brian Wong is the author of The Tao Of Alibaba: Inside the Chinese Digital Giant That Is Changing the World. Learn more about him at and follow him on LinkedIn at

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