Alibaba Founder Hails Women, Calling Them ‘Backbone Of His Empire’

By He Wei
China Daily, Beijing / Asia News Network

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Speaking to the “2017 Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship” in Hangzhou on Monday, Alibaba founder Jack Ma said “Women are the secret of the company’s success.”

China Daily, Beijing / Asia News Network

Women not only fuel the exponential growth of Alibaba Group Holding’s online emporium, they also form the backbone of the business empire that is eyeing to serve 2 billion customers and create 100 million job opportunities in two decades.

According to billionaire founder Jack Ma, around half of the sellers on its gigantic Tmall and Taobao marketplaces are women, and a greater proportion of storefronts with higher positive user ratings have female owners.

These are clear manifestations that the internet has helped level the playing field and enabled women to create and pursue opportunities to flourish in their own right, Ma told the 2017 Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou on Monday.

“Women are the secret of the company’s success and make us distinct. It is women who have encouraged me to undergo the tough times in the past 18 years since the founding of Alibaba,” he said.

He said rational thinking, a trait often boasted by men, can be easily challenged and replaced in the age of
artificial intelligence, but women’s attention to detail and experience can outperform robotics and machine learning.

The star-studded meeting featured talks by prominent female figures from bridal wear designer Vera Wang and Chinese film star Sun Li, and was aimed at seeking ways to encourage women to pursue their professional and personal ambitions.

Alibaba also used the event to promote female entrepreneurship and showcase its own gender diversity. In particular, more than one-third of its founders were women, with a similar percentage in senior management roles.

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