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在9月10日卸任阿里董事局前夕,马云重回阿里发源地杭州湖畔花园。马云回忆称阿里大多数重要的创新,都是从这里开始的,要一直铭记湖畔文化,不要丢失在这个房子里的梦想,希望60年80年以后,人们还记得这个地方。
湖畔花园风荷院16幢1单元202室是阿里巴巴创始“十八罗汉”聚义之地。马云回忆起来到这里的那一天,自己对大家说:“我们最终可能会有所成就,也可能要一起出去找工作。”
马云回湖畔花园忆阿里草创往事
Tuesday, Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, both celebrates his 55th birthday and steps down from his position as executive chairman of the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut.
Ma and his 17 fellow co-founders started Alibaba out of thesmall, six-room apartment where he lived with his wife in Hangzhou, China in 1999.
Ma still has the apartment and he recently returned to reminisce. Monday, Alibaba Group tweeted a video of how it all went down.
“I remember exactly the first day we came back, we take all the luggage here, and I told everybody: This is the place we’re going to work for a year probably,” Ma said in the video.
“We’re going to eat here. We’re going to sleep here. We’re going to work day and night here. We will probably achieve something, or probably, we’ll have to go out looking for jobs together.”
Ma had the idea to start a tech company after his first trip to the United States in 1995. During the trip, a friend showed him the internet, which he had not encountered before in China.
His first internet search was for “beer,” Ma told Charlie Rose in 2015. (“I don’t know. It’s easy to spell,” Ma told Rose.) Ma then searched the word “China,” but he said there was “no data about China.”
“So I talked to my friend: Why not I make something about China? So we made a small very ugly looking page called ‘China.’”
It planted the seed for Alibaba, which started out as an “e-marketplace for information,” according to Ma.
By the time they began working on the company out of the Hangzhou apartment in 1999, Ma and his team had the goal of becoming one of the top 10 websites in the world, he said.
“At that time, we were ranking like 1 [million] or 2 million,” Ma said in the Alibaba Group video from the apartment.
Ma had no business or technical experience, and growing the business wasn’t always easy. But says Ma in the video, without those “tough days, we can never be [here] today.”
Today, Alibaba has a market capitalization of about $456 billion.
Now, as a market leader, Ma says “the thing that I want this company [to] never forget is the dream, because we are at today’s size. A lot of companies, I learned why they fail, because they want [the] next quarter. They want revenue. They want profit. They always forget about dreams,” he says in the video.
“It’s the dreams that keep us working hard. It’s the dreams that keep us never afraid of the mistakes, the setbacks we have. I hope 60 years later, 80 years later, people still remember this apartment. We should never lose the dream we had from the ... the apartment.”
Many great companies, including Amazon, Apple and Google, also began in garages. And Ma hopes Alibaba never loses sight of its garage culture, regardless of how large it gets. In fact, CNBC reported in 2014 that Ma sends his most-talented employees there to work with the hope that the experience inspires them to create more great products.
“No matter how big Alibaba is, no matter where Alibaba will be, no matter what industry we are in, we always remember this ‘Hupan’ culture, this garage culture,” Ma says in the video.
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