How bold Alibaba could shake up Silicon Valley

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's float will have to clear a few regulatory hurdles in the US, but the scope of its ambitions could inspire other tech companies.

If you didn’t know Jack Ma’s name before this week, chances are you do now.

The company that the former teacher founded out of his Hangzhou apartment in 1999, and of which he remains executive chairman, has announced it will launch one of the biggest floats in corporate history.

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