Imagine an online e commerce platform that is more valuable than Facebook and combines all the benefits of E Bay and Amazon, while giving us products more than both the platforms combined. Yes. You guessed right. The platform in question here is Alibaba, one of the largest e commerce platforms not just in China, but the whole world.
While so much is known about Alibaba, how much is really known about Jack Ma, the founder behind this giant? Today, we are here to give you ten facts you may not know about the brilliant founder.
1. The time he was kidnapped
In 1995, Jack Ma was travelling to the United States for the first time business, functioning as an entrepreneur. Part of his business included trying to collect a debt for a friend from an American businessman in Malibu, California. Turns out, the businessman did not want to pay Jack Ma and instead, locked him up in his house out at gunpoint! Jack Ma barely escaped with his life intact.
2. An English teacher to an entrepreneur
Jack Ma began his career as an English teacher. In fact, when he was thirteen years old, he started learning English by waking up at 5.00 A.M. every day and travelling around on his bike to speak to foreigners. This practice helped him learn English the right way and also helped in increasing his people skills. He started his career as an English teacher!
3. When he first discovered the internet
Jack Ma discovered the internet in the year 1995, when he laid his eyes on a computer. When he discovered the internet, it inspired him to start his business, China Yellow Pages. He started this company with 7000 yuan ($1140) and a loan from a family member.
4. The inspiration behind the name Alibaba
Jack Ma came upon the name Alibaba at a coffee shop. He asked the waitress what she thought about the name and she said it sounded like “Open Sesame.” According to Jack, this is exactly what the point of the e commerce platform was and that is how the name came to being.
5. His hero
Did you know that Jack Ma’s real life hero is not even a real human being? It is Forest Grump! Explaining his love for the character, Jack said, “I watched the movie again, telling me that no matter whatever changed, you are you. I’m still the guy 15 years ago, you know, I only earned like $20 a month. Today I can do that much.” Now you can see why he is Jack’s hero!
6. The first Chinese to appear on the Forbes cover
Did you know that while Forbes celebrates entrepreneurs and ground breaking philosophers, Jack Ma was the first Chinese entrepreneur to appear on the cover of Forbes!
7. His true love
The man behind Alibaba has one true love and it is not the world of technology. He loves showbiz and dogs! He has a gorgeous husky named Apollo who is always by his side.
8. His parents were illegal performers
While Jack Ma is the founder of a very legal business, his parents worked in an illegal practice. They practiced the art of “pingtan”, a Chinese tradition of musical storytelling that was banned during Mao’s Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976.
9. His alter ego
Did you know that Jack Ma has an alter ego? Apart from his given name, he also goes by the name of Feng Quinyang, a legendary swordsman who is known for his aggressive, unpredictable and reclusive character. The nickname fits his business practices but not his public life. Jack Ma is no recluse.
10. His wife thinks he is ugly!
Clearly, looks are not important for Jack Ma’s wife. She fell for the brilliantly hard working man behind the very ordinary face that is Jack Ma. Quite an adorable love story, this one!
Ma was brought up in a communist country. He saw his first computer at the age of 31 and barely graduated from University. Despite all odds, he has now become one of the most successful entrepreneurs. Jack Ma may have had many failures in his life but his tale to success is one a lot of us aspire towards. Start now and if you work hard enough, you can get to where he is without writing a single line of code in your life!
Louis Vuitton Unknown Facts
Founded in 1854, the French fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton rose to become the world’s most valuable luxury brand. Known for never having any of its product on sale, it is one of the most counterfeited brands in the world.
With its CEO Bernard Arnauld being declared world’s second richest man with a net worth of $ 108 billion, let’s look at some unknown facts about Louis Vuitton.
Unknown facts about Louis Vuitton
1) The founder of the luxury brand, Louis Vuitton, was the personal box maker and packer of Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Empress Eugénie de Montijo.
2) The famous monogram of Louis Vuitton was created to fight counterfeit ones and served as inspiration for surreal artist Salvador Dali’s La Toile Daligram.
3) The most famous creation by the brand, Speedy, was originally launched as a travel case. It got its popularity after American icon Audrey Hepburn requested Vuitton to make a custom mini Speedy for her.
4) Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the U.S.S.R., once posed for a Louis Vuitton ad campaign.
5) American rapper Kanye West has mentioned Louis Vuitton more than 19 times in his songs.
6) Known for creating luxury bags and accessories, Louis Vuitton once created a collection of luxury pens. It also sells scrapbooks for people with extravagant taste.
7) The bags and jewellery of Louis Vuitton go through an intense durability test before being released to the public. Louis Vuitton bags are subjected to UV rays in an effort to increase the bags’ resistance to fading.
8) After every season, the unsold Louis Vuitton products are sent back to its factory in France and are shredded or burnt, in order to maintain the item’s value.
Considered one of the top luxury brands in the world, Louis Vuitton currently has a brand value of $ 47.2 billion.
Comment and let us know which of these facts impressed you the most.
Rupert Murdoch Unknown Facts
Rupert Murdoch is an Australian born businessman and the founder of News Corp, who turned media into a lucrative business empire. With holdings in The Wall Street Journal, HarperCollins, Fox News and 20th Century Fox, Murdoch is one of the richest people in the world. Here are some unknown facts about the media mogul who is considered the inventor of the modern tabloid.
Unknown facts about Rupert Murdoch
1. As an ambitious 7 year old, Rupert Murdoch would hunt water rats for their skin and manure, which he would then sell for sixpence in his town. He would use his earnings to gamble in school.
2. Murdoch was an excellent cricket player and led his school’s cricket team to National junior finals.
3. His journalism career began with the Adelaide News, which he took over after the death of his father at the age of 22. Rupert Murdoch transformed the failing business into a successful newspaper.
4. He once counter bid for a New Zealand local newspaper, The Dominion, at the spur of the moment during a vacation and ended up winning the bid.
5. He was once declared dead by his own newspaper, The Sun, after digital vigilante groups Anonymous and LulzSec hacked into the newspaper website and published an article, claiming Murdoch died because of drug overdose.
6. He has appeared in two episodes of the hit series The Simpsons and his entrance line was “I’m Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire tyrant, and this is my skybox.”
7. Murdoch has a bad intuition towards social media, which was proven when Myspace, which Murdoch bought for $ 580 million, had to be sold due to its poor performance. He also passed a chance to buy Twitter and warned investors against investing in it.
8. He was awarded a papal honour award, Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, by John Paul II in January 1998.
9. He once launched world’s first iPad only daily newspaper app, named The Daily. Murdoch invested $ 30 million in building the app. The app eventually shut down as the company started losing money after the launch.
10. He was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 2014 for launching Fox Broadcasting Company and changing the television landscape with shows like The Simpsons and The X-Files.
With a career spanning almost 6 decades, Rupert Murdoch saw many failures and controversies, but overcame them all and is now worth $ 21.9 billion.
Women Scientists Turned Entrepreneurs
There are hundreds of innovations and discoveries born in the field of science and engineering every year in universities around the world. However, only a few of them are able to make it into commercial ventures. Today, we will be looking into women who turned their groundbreaking research into successful businesses.
1) Nina Tandon
Nina Tandon is a biomedical engineer and co founded the company Epibone. The main aim of the Company is to develop technology to develop bone reconstruction solution through stem cells. The Company creates bone tissues from a patient’s stem cells and grows them in vitro for use in bone grafts. Tandon serves as the CEO of Epibone and is also an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at the Cooper Union in New York. Tandon was named a TED Fellow in 2011 and a senior TED Fellow in 2012. In 2013, she received an award at the Marie Claire’s Women on Top Awards.
2) Anuradha Acharya
Anuradha Acharya is the founder and CEO of Mapmygenome, a company which focuses on preventive healthcare options through genome sequencing. She also founded another company called Ocimum Biosolutions, a genomics outsourcing company for discovery, development and diagnostics. In 2015, Mapmygenome made news for raising funds worth $ 1.1 million from a group of investors. Acharya was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the magazine Biospectrum in 2008. Her name was included in the 2018 W-power trailblazers by Forbes.
3) Sinead O’Sullivan
An aerospace engineer, Sinead O’Sullivan specialises in space technology and is currently the CEO of Avioptix, a company which captures, stores and analyzes real time data from satellites, drones and ground robotics. Her Company created the first ever platform to crowdsource drone data. Avioptix tailors their insights to the needs of their clients, supporting agriculture, oil and gas, insurance and NGOs.
4) Rana el Kaliouby
Rana el Kaliouby is a computer scientist and the co founder and CEO of Affectivia. Affectivia is an emotion measurement technology company which develops software to recognize human emotions based on facial expressions and physiological responses. As a research scientist at MIT, her initial focus was on ways to improve human-computer interaction, but she quickly realised the possibility of using the technology to improve human to human interaction, especially for those affected by autism. She was inducted into the Women in Engineering Hall of Fame and was mentioned in Forbes’ America’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018.
These women serve as perfect examples and inspiration for women working in the STEM field to grow their research into a business empire. If we missed mentioning any such women scientists who turned into entrepreneurs, comment and let us know.
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