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Jack Ma ( Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba.com )

Jack Ma

Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba.com

Jack Ma

Born in November, 1964, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Education: Earned degree from Hangzhou Teachers Institute, 1988.
Addresses: Office —Alibaba.com, 39899 Balentine Dr., Ste. 355, Newark, CA 94560.


Informal tour guide in Hangzhou, China, in the late 1970s; taught at Hangzhou Teachers Institute after 1988, and founded a translation agency; founded China Pages, one of the first commercial websites in China, c. 1995; worked for a joint telecommunications venture with Chinese government as a general manager, and for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation seeking out new business; launched Alibaba.com, 1999, and Taobao.com, 2003; signed deal with Yahoo! that made Alibaba.com China's largest Internet company, 2005.


Jack Ma is the founder and chief executive officer of Alibaba.com, a pioneer in China's growing information-technology sector. He launched Alibaba.com in 1999 as an e-commerce site that facilitated business deals between companies in China and the rest of the world, and moved into consumer trading four years later with Taobao.com, an auction site that quickly bested eBay as the homegrown favorite. Ma is known for his excellent command of English idiom and business jargon mixed with traditional Chinese proverbs. In discussing the Taobao startup, he told Justin Doebele in Forbes Global that "eBay may be a shark in the ocean, but I am a crocodile in the Yangtze River. If we fight in the ocean, we lose—but if we fight in the river, we win."
Born in 1964, Ma grew up in Hangzhou, a city in an eastern coastal province of Zhejiang not far from Shanghai. As a youngster, Ma was determined to learn English, and once the first foreign visitors began arriving in Hangzhou thanks to China's new economic policies that opened up the country to the outside world in the late 1970s, he began showing up at the single hotel in Hangzhou that hosted the foreign tourists. For the next nine years, he came daily and offered a free tour of the city for English-speaking guests, which allowed him to practice his conversational English skills. He made his first trip outside of China in 1985 when he traveled to Australia. He recalled being stunned by the obvious prosperity, he told the San Francisco Chronicle some years later. "I was educated in China that we were the richest country in the world and that we were the happiest people in the world."
Ma earned a degree from the Hangzhou Teachers Institute in 1988, and took a job as a teacher there when he finished. His English skills were by then so proficient that he founded his own translation agency, and worked with some of the first U.S. companies doing business in China. In 1995, he traveled to the United States for the first time as an interpreter for one such venture, and contacted a friend from China who was living in Seattle by then. That stint as a houseguest provided his first contact with a personal computer, which were virtually nonexistent in China at the time. It was also his first contact with the Internet. "I was scared, because very few companies in China had computers. Computers were considered very high technology and very expensive," he remembered in the interview with the San Francisco Chronicle . "So my friend said, 'Jack, it's not a bomb, just touch whatever you want.'" Fascinated, he asked his friend to help him put up a website for his translation business, and began receiving e-mails almost immediately.
The Internet was an entirely new idea in China, but Ma returned and became one of the country's first Web entrepreneurs, though this was still the dial-up connection era. "The day we got connected to the Web, I invited friends and TV people over to my house," he told New York Times writer David Barboza, "[and] we waited three and a half hours and got half a page. We drank, watched TV and played cards, waiting. But I was so proud. I proved the Internet existed." He soon launched China Pages, an Internet company that is believed to have been the first commercial website in China, with $2,000 he borrowed from family and friends, and spent a little over a year as general manager for a joint telecommunications venture with Chinese government. That failed, and he took a job with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, which served to introduce him to Yahoo!'s Taiwan-born co-founder Jerry Yang in 1998.
Inspired once again to test China's free-market information-technology waters on his own, he culled enough money—this time, $60,000—from a new batch of investor-friends to launch Alibaba.com in 1999. Designed as a business-to-business (B2B) marketplace that connected buyers and sellers of various goods, it quickly emerged as a successful new player in the global bazaar, and another round of financing—this one $25 million—arrived when some major financial players showed interest. Among them were the Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs, and Japanese Internet entrepreneur Masayoshi Son.
Alibaba.com hit the one-million user mark in March of 2002, and finally began making money later that year, as Ma had promised its backers. Initially it had been free to join, but offered a host of extras, such as personalized Web pages, that brought in revenue. He hoped to someday take the company public, which is based in his hometown of Hangzhou—one of China's fastest-growing cities—but its formal paperwork was filed in Hong Kong to take advantage of the island-city's special economic status. "Alibaba is founded by Chinese, but it's not a Chinese company," he asserted in the San Francisco Chronicle . "It belongs to Alibaba's users, all over the world."
In 2003, Ma stepped into the consumer online auction marketplace with Taobao.com, which means "searching for treasure." It quickly emerged as a serious rival to eBay, a relative newcomer to the Chinese consumer market, and its success helped Ma ink a historic 2005 deal with Yahoo!, the U.S.-based online consumer services provider. Yahoo! bought a 40 percent stake in Alibaba.com for $1 billion. In return, Alibaba—valued at the time of the deal as worth $4 billion—assumed control over Yahoo! China's operations. His company was now China's largest Internet company, with Ma as chief executive officer.
The Yahoo! deal allowed Ma to begin working on his next Internet triumph: to make Yahoo!'s Chinese-language search engine as pared-down and fast as Google or Baidu, the top search engine in China at the time. Yahoo! China does have to abide by some freedom-of-information restrictions imposed by the Chinese government, such as automatically blocking domestic-user access to websites about Chinese political reform or human rights. Ma is a firm believer, however, in the revolutionary possibilities that technology brings. "The Internet in China is definitely improving China in many ways: financially, politically and socially," he told the San Francisco Chronicle . "Today, I think the Chinese government is changing very quickly. Whether it's because of the Internet or not, I don't know."



Forbes , July 17, 2000, p. 74.
Forbes Global , April 25, 2005, p. 30.
Japan Inc. , May 2003, p. 14.
New York Times , August 15, 2005.
San Francisco Chronicle , May 7, 2006, p. F1.


"Net Search in China," BusinessWeek Online http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jan2006/tc20060126_146586 htm (July 22, 2006).

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Lionel Messi ( Lionel Andrés Messi )

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi Player of the Year 2011.jpg
Messi playing for Barcelona at the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup
Personal information
Full nameLionel Andrés Messi[1]
Date of birth24 June 1987 (age 25)[1]
Place of birthRosario, Argentina[1]
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing positionForward
Club information
Current clubBarcelona
Youth career
1995–2000Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
2003–2004Barcelona C10(5)
2004–2005Barcelona B22(6)
National team
2004–2005Argentina U2016(11)
2007–2008Argentina U235(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:03, 5 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:38, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
Lionel Andrés "LeoMessi (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾes ˈmesi], born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for La Liga club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He serves as the captain of his country's national football team. By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2009, he won his first Ballon d'Or[2] and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010,[3] and again in 2011[4] and 2012.[5] He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona's all-time top scorer in all official club competitions.[6]At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals.[7][8]
Consistently rated by commentators, coaches and colleagues as the best footballer in the world and as one of the greatest players in the history of the game,[9][10][11][12][13][14] Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d'Or, all of which he won consecutively. Messi has won six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two Super Cups and two Club World Cups. In March 2012, Messi made Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match.[15] He also matched José Altafini's record of 14 goals in a single Champions League season.[16] Messi became the first player to top-score in four successive Champions League campaigns.[17][18] He set the European record for most goals scored in a season during the 2011–12 season, with 73 goals.[19] In the same season, he set the current goalscoring record in a single La Liga season, scoring 50 goals.[20] On 16 February 2013, Messi scored his 300th Barcelona goal.[21] On 30 March 2013, Messi scored in 19 consecutive La Liga games, becoming the first footballer in history to net in consecutive matches against every team in the league.[22]
Messi was the top scorer of the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship with six goals. In 2006, he became the youngest Argentine to play in theFIFA World Cup and he won a runners-up medal at the Copa América tournament the following year, in which he was elected young player of the tournament.[23] In 2008, he won his first international honour, an Olympic gold medal, with the Argentina Olympic football team. Sportspro has rated Lionel Messi as the third most marketable athlete in the world.[24] His playing style and stature have drawn comparisons to compatriot Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor".[25]

Career statistics


As of 12 May 2013.

Reserve teams

Barcelona CTercera2003–04105
Barcelona BSegunda B2003–0450

Senior team



As of 26 March 2013

International appearances


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Steve Jobs Biography as Graphic Novel 

Steve Jobs: Genius by Design
Campfire Graphic Novels

Since the launch of Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson you have probably been planning to read it but just haven't found the time, not to mention that it's almost 700 pages long!    If that's the case then the graphic novel format Steve Jobs: Genius by Design by Campfire Graphic Novels is the perfect solution for you!

Campfire is an amazing graphic novel publisher based in India. What I particularly like about them is that they publish beautiful classics and biographies in graphic novel format at very affordable prices since 2008. I, for one, am particular fan of theirs and I have a collection of several of their classic novels.   Their books are available at selected National Book Store branches for approx P200 a copy only.  For more information about their titles check out my previous post here.

Steve Jobs: Genius by Design takes the reader through Jobs' life - from his birth, adoption, professional life until his last days.  All the facts in the book are based on research sourced from books, news articles, films and documentaries. Out of the research several interesting trivia were uncovered, including the fact that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were good friends, that Jobs created Windows before Bill Gates started Microsoft, and that when Jobs was a small boy his school teacher had to bribe him to do his homework.    The illustrations have been done with Jobs principle in mind - 'less is more'.   

To sample the novel, you can download this 30-page preview FREE of charge for iPad, iPod, PC, Mac, Blackberry and Android here.   The digital preview was released last February 24 as a tribute to the legend on his birthday.  I've sampled it and it's very easy and enjoyable to read.  Plus the visuals make it easy to remember.  The full novel will be out on April 15th and will be priced at Rupees 195 only (approx Php 170)  Hopefully it will be made available here in Manila, too!

Here are sample screenshots I took using my iPad. Enjoy! 

Here are some news articles about the graphic novel.  Click to enlarge. :-)

good novel :))
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Demi Moore


Born Demetria Guynes on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico, Demi Moore established herself as one of the leading actresses of the 1980s and early 1990s. After her marriage to Bruce Willis ended in divorce, she turned to producing films, including all three Austin Powers movies. Moore later married actor Ashton Kutcher, but she filed for divorce in 2011.

Early Life

Born Demetria Guynes on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. With her trademark husky voice and striking beauty, Demi Moore established herself as one of the leading actresses of the early 1990s. She had a challenging childhood. Her parents split up before she was born, and she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Virginia and Danny Guynes, both of whom drank heavily.
Moore had moved more than 30 times by the time she turned 14, eventually settling in Los Angeles. Moore later explained in Interview magazine that "By moving around a lot, I learned to assimilate into whatever new surroundings I had and to become very comfortable with people quickly. I think that was one of the strongest contributing factors to my becoming an actor."

Soap Star

Dropping out of high school at 16, Moore worked as a debt collector for a time and tried modeling. She also developed an interest in acting. In 1981, Moore had landed a role on the popular television soap opera General Hospital. She played journalist Jackie Templeton for two years. That same year, Moore made her film debut in the independent drama Choices.
During her stint on General Hospital, Moore found time for a few film projects. She appeared in the 3-D science fiction horror flick Parasite (1982) with her musician husband Freddie Moore, who she married the previous year. Moore also had a bit part in the soap opera spoof Young Doctors in Love (1982).

Breakout Role

After leaving her soap opera role, Moore struggled to build a career in film. She played Michael Caine's daughter in Blame it on Rio (1984), which attracted little attention from critics or movie-goers. Taking on a leading role, Moore played Jon Cryer's love interest in No Small Affair (1984), but she did not really capture the public's attention until her performance in St. Elmo's Fire (1985). This film told the story of a group of friends as they confront post-college life. The cast also included a number of other young stars on the rise, such as Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Emilio Estevez. Many of these performers were becoming equally famous for their off-screen antics and partying lifestyle, earning them the nickname "the Brat Pack" by the media.
In her personal life, Moore divorced her first husband in 1984. She started dating Emilio Estevez, and the two became engaged in 1985. The couple starred together in 1986's Wisdom, which Estevez also wrote and directed. That same year, Moore starred opposite Rob Lowe in About Last Night, a look at young singletons in Chicago. Critic Roger Ebert praised both of their performances, saying the film "gives them the best acting opportunities either one has ever had, and they make the most of them." He also singled out Moore, writing that she "is especially impressive. There isn't a romantic note she isn't required to play in this movie, and she plays them all flawlessly."

On the Silver Screen

Again playing the love interest, Moore co-starred with John Cusack in the popular comedy One Crazy Summer (1986). She was working steadily, but had yet to score a big, box-office hit. In 1987, she and Estevez broke up, and Moore later met actor Bruce Willis, who was then on the popular television show Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd. The two began dating and got married in November of 1987 in Las Vegas. They welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Rumer, in 1988. She was named after the British writer Rumer Godden.
That same year, Moore returned to the big screen with The Seventh Sign, an apocalyptic thriller. She played a pregnant woman trying to stop the end of the world. Despite a few positive reviews for her performance in it, the film only earned about $16 million at the box office. Moore took on lighter fare with her next effort, 1989's We're No Angels, which starred Robert De Niro and Sean Penn. Despite its impressive cast, the film did not fare well with audiences.
Moore's biggest career breakthrough came in 1990 with the romantic drama Ghost. She played Molly, a young woman whose husband Sam (played by Patrick Swayze) was murdered. His spirit works with a psychic (played by Whoopi Goldberg) to avenge his death and to protect Molly from those involved. Showing an impressive amount of vulnerability on screen, Moore earned praise for her work on the film, which became a huge hit. Ghost brought in approximately $218 million at the box office and earned five Academy Award nominations.

In the Spotlight

Her next two films, Nothing But Trouble (1991) and The Butcher's Wife (1991), showed off Moore's comedic side. They both, however, failed to attract much of an audience. That same year, Moore became the talk of the nation with her controversial Vanity Fair cover. She was in the midst of her second pregnancy when she posed in the nude for the magazine's cover. While surprised by the dramatic response to the image, Moore also saw the cover as a chance to challenge perceptions about women and pregnancy. "People in this country don't want to embrace motherhood and sensuality. . . . You're either sexy, or you're a mother. I didn't want to have to choose," she told Interview magazine. Not too long after that issue appeared on newsstands, Moore and Willis celebrated the birth of their second daughter Scout.
Co-starring with Tom Cruise, Moore played a tough navy lawyer in the smash hit A Few Good Men (1992). She continued to prosper commercially with Indecent Proposal (1993). In the film, she and Woody Harrelson play a married couple in financial trouble who travel to Las Vegas to gamble their way back to solvency. They, however, end up losing their money and befriending a lonely billionaire (played by Robert Redford). He offers the desperate couple $1 million for the opportunity to sleep with Moore's character.
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