Author Duncan Clark on how a former English teacher built one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies

David Brancaccio Apr 14, 2016
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Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange.  Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Author Duncan Clark on how a former English teacher built one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies

David Brancaccio Apr 14, 2016
Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange.  Andrew Burton/Getty Images
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The Chinese company Alibaba is often labeled the “Amazon of China,” but the conglomerate embodies so much more. Its tentacles extend to finance, data storage and even film production.

One man that’s been there since the company’s humble beginnings is Duncan Clark, the head of BDA China, an investment advisory firm based in Beijing. He has a new book out called “Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built.”

Click the above audio player to hear Clark’s interview with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio. 

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