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Founded in 1999 by Jack Ma, Alibaba was initially an online B2B platform for small businesses in China. Today it is one of the world’s largest internet companies. Alibaba provides internet infrastructure and marketing platforms for businesses and brands globally to connect with their consumers. Its core businesses include e-commerce, cloud computing, and digital media and entertainment, as it increasingly identifies itself as a data company, rather than as an e-retailer. It is also engaged in building ecosystems of logistics and local services through its invested companies. 

From 1997 to 2001, Li Guibin finished his undergraduate studies at the Harbin Institute of Technology.In November 2004, he went to work at Alibaba as R&D manager on wireless technology for its sub-brands including Yahoo China,, and left Alibaba in July 2014 and co-founded neighborhood social app Youlin with ex-Alibaba colleague Yang Renbin. They went on to set up edtech platform Intelligent Learning in January 2018, with Li as CTO and Yang as CEO.

Ex-Alibaba executive who is now a key figure in the Zhejiang province internet technology startup scene. In 1999, Li Zhiguo (Frank Li) moved alone to Hangzhou and became the 46th employee of Alibaba. In 2004, he left Alibaba and founded the highly popular life services platform Koubei (later acquired by Alibaba). He is also an active investor, having co-founded early-stage VC fund Ameba Capital in 2011. Li’s investments in Chinese startups include Mogujie, Kuaidadi and Zhaocai.

Lin Chenxi was the first director of technology at Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of the Alibaba Group. From 2008 to 2012, he led a team of more than 100 senior engineers to successfully set up Apsara, the largest, distributed cloud computing operating system with independent intellectual property rights in China. Before joining the Alibaba Group, Lin worked for Microsoft Research Asia in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, information retrieval and distributed systems. In 2012, he joined Leo Zhu as cofounder and chief technology officer of YITU Healthcare.

Wu worked at Alibaba from 2005 to 2014, where he served as general manager of bargain deal site Juhuasuan and founder of Taobao Open Platform. In 2015, he launched online grocery retail platform Shandiangou (also known as 52Shangou) with fellow former Alibaba employee Wang Yongsen. In 2017, Wu left Shandiangou to found Haoyiku.

Zhu graduated from the University of Rochester with a PhD in Computer Science in 2003. Before joining Alibaba, he had worked at NEC Laboratories America and Amazon. A founding member of Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science and Technology, Zhu was later named head of the Decision Intelligence Lab under the Alibaba DAMO (Discovery, Adventure, Momentum and Outlook) Academy in 2017. In November 2018, he left Alibaba to join Aibee as a co-founder. He has 25 patents to his name and has published more than 100 academic papers on machine learning, machine vision, data mining and information retrieval. 

A former Alibaba and Dianping top executive, Lu Xin (b. 1981) is a mother of two. She headed Chinese product operations at Alibaba before joining China’s largest restaurant review site Dianping as its chief traffic officer in early 2010. In January 2015, she quit and left behind her annual million-dollar salary to start Nanguache, her second business venture.

Gan is best known for being the 67th employee of Alibaba and the former COO of Meituan-Dianping. Before joining Alibaba in 1999, Gan had worked at a state-owned coal trading enterprise for five years. At Alibaba, he served in multiple roles, including as director of online operation, director of marketing, regional manager and vice president. Gan left Alibaba to become COO of Meituan in 2011. In 2016, he was named the first president of Meituan-Dianping's Internet Plus University, which was founded to train company employees. Gan resigned from Meituan-Dianping in 2017 to join Hillhouse Capital as managing partner.

Hu worked at Alibaba for six and a half years as product director.

Tian Yang was among the first batch of Alibaba's data product managers. The product director of Alibaba International was also the head of overseas marketing and customer operations for and created online retail service AliExpress.In January 2018, he joined former Alibaba colleagues Yang Renbin and Li Guibin to set up edtech platform Intelligent Learning in Hangzhou. He is now the COO of the math learning company.

Risk management specialist Li Yu is a former Alibaba executive, with experience at Yahoo, Taobao, Aliyun (Alibaba’s cloud computing unit).

Lin Xianfeng has 13 years of experience in R&D and management, and was a former senior IT specialist at Alibaba.

He received his bachelor’s from the South China University of Technology in 1999. In 2004, he co-founded Chinese mobile internet software and services provider UCWeb. In 2014, He both founded and invested in Xpeng Motors (short for Xiaopeng Motors). After UCWeb was acquired by Alibaba in 2014, he served as president of UCWeb and of the Alibaba Mobile Business Group, chairman of Ali Games and president of Tudou successively. In August 2017, he left Alibaba to join Xpeng Motors full-time as chairman.

After graduating from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2003, Yang Renbin worked as a software architect for nearly four years at Peking University’s Institute of Computer Science & Technology (ICST).In 2007, he joined ChinaCache as general manager of its CDN business unit. In 2009, he left Beijing for Hangzhou and joined Alibaba as product director and strategy director. He later became the chief architect of the mobile Taobao app.In 2014, he left Alibaba and launched neighborhood social app Youlin in Hangzhou. He also founded edtech platform Intelligent Learning in January 2018.

Former Alibaba top executive, having spent 10 years at the e-commerce giant, including heading Taobao University, Alibaba’s educational arm for training e-commerce merchants and managers. Nicknamed “Inspector Black Cat”.

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