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Past Event

Brian Wong: The Tao of Alibaba

If you took the economic might of Amazon, and added the penetration of Facebook, the ubiquity of Google, and the cultural significance of YouTube, you might have something starting to resemble Alibaba.

Commonly mischaracterized as a kind of Chinese eBay for businesses, Alibaba and its interlinked network of products and services have exploded into global markets, disrupting conventional businesses, and creating previously unimaginable opportunities for millions of small businesses worldwide.

Brian Wong, a long-time executive and former special assistant to Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, details the company’s unique culture and “tai chi” management principles that has propelled its global success.

Hear more about the “secret sauce” behind the company’s distinctive business philosophy.


In association with the Asia Pacific Affairs Member-led Forum.

Photo by Thanakrit Gu.

January 23, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

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Brian Wong

Entrepreneur; Investor; Adviser, Alibaba Global Initiatives; Author, The Tao of Alibaba: Inside the Chinese Digital Giant that Is Changing the World

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In Conversation with Matt Sheehan

Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace