Jack Ma for Gateway 2017
Hello, I’m Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba Group.
I started this company back in 1999 with 18 founders in my apartment. We had a dream that someday we could build a company to serve millions of small businesses. Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. And at Alibaba, we fight for the little guy, the small businesses and their customers. Our role is simple. Through technology, we help merchants and customers connect and conduct business on their terms, and in ways that best serve their unique needs.
Today, Alibaba is a household name in China and nearly a half billion people shop on our marketplaces, with 200 million people coming to Alibaba each day. And we want to empower you to grow your business by tapping into the opportunity China presents.
As incomes rise, Chinese consumers are increasingly looking for high-quality products from around the world, especially from the United States.
With new technology, American small businesses have the chance to grow globally just like the big guys. That’s why we are hosting Gateway ’17 in Detroit this June. We want to help U.S. small businesses, farmers, and entrepreneurs sell to China or source from China.
So please join us, and thank you very much.