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Alibaba's first listing broke records. The company raised $25 billion when it went public in New York five years ago. It became the biggest IPO in history. Now it is planning to do it all again. It will list in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Learn more about Alibaba with our field guide from January.

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  • Alibaba and its competitive cohort in China are stand among the most important players in tech — and in the evolution of global culture, economies and policies. We need to study, learn, follow, understand & appreciate what they do and where they’re headed. Dig into this primer, then go further ...

  • As so much does these days, Alibaba's empire increasingly relies on data to give consumers what they want and grow into new industries. It's only a matter of time before Alibaba takes on Amazon in the US -- although the trade war seems to have slowed down its advance for now.

  • Agree with Scott Kennedy. I think they have some real challenges:

    1) domestic dependence coupled with big consumer slowdown in China

    2) massive global distrust of Chinese companies, Huawei arrests in Canada and Poland and bans in multiple countries reflect the challenge clearly

    3) general global shift

    Agree with Scott Kennedy. I think they have some real challenges:

    1) domestic dependence coupled with big consumer slowdown in China

    2) massive global distrust of Chinese companies, Huawei arrests in Canada and Poland and bans in multiple countries reflect the challenge clearly

    3) general global shift towards more control of data, their core asset

    4) they need to constantly be aware of (or beware of!) their domestic government relations

    But...

    1) they can innovate safely and quickly in their protectionist market

    2) they have domestic competition to keep them on their toes, something the FANGs lack enough of

    3) with state-owned media, they can make mistakes with less threat of public backlash - bike sharing OFO is a good example, take a trip to Shenzhen and count the number of wastefully discarded bikes and you’ll see within the first ten minutes and you’ll see what I mean

    Read Louise Lucas’ article on Alibaba in the FT today for more. Good read.