Duncan Clark was raised in the United Kingdom, the United States, and France, and has been based in Beijing since 1994, after four years as a technology investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. He first met Jack Ma in 1999, and worked as a consult with Alibaba in its early years. In 1994, he founded the leading investment advisory firm BDA China. An expert on China's Internet sector, Clark has been invited to Stanford University as a Visiting Scholar, where the co-founded the "China 2.0" research program. He lives in Beijing.
"Anybody who thinks the Chinese just copy or steal technology from the West should read this book and think again. Jack Ma is part Bill Gates, part Steve Jobs, part Larry Page, part Sergei Brin, and part Mark Zuckerberg all rolled into one." -- Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP "Useful, business-minded reporting on an unconventional corporate magnate, containing both corporate and human-interest perspectives." -- Kirkus "This absorbing and well-written portrayal of Ma's character, and his role in Alibaba's development will appeal to a wide range of readers." -- Library Journal "A clean and compelling narrative...[Clark] tells the story with flair." -- Wall Street Journal "A fascinating new book." -- The Economist "A must-read for anyone hoping to navigate China's new economy". -- Financial Times