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Visiting Alibaba and ALOG with Vlerick Business School

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On April 13th we with Asia & Partners (www.asipar.com) helped Vlerick Business School (#1 in Belgium) to organise a day trip to Hangzhou for their EMBA class (about 40 people). We brought the group to headquarters of two China's leading companies: Alibaba Group and ALOG Technologies.

Learning from Alibaba's success For most of the people, Alibaba is being associated with a website www.alibaba.com - an online marketplace for buyers and suppliers to find each other and do business. But it is more than that - it has 19 other affiliated companies as part of Alibaba Group.


Some facts about Alibaba: It is Chinese e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer and business-to-business sales services via web portals. It also provides electronic payment services, a shopping search engine and data-centric cloud computing services. Alibaba has been the most dominant retailer in the world, generating more gross merchandise volume (GMV) than Amazon.com and e…

Translantau: not making it through

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There are mistakes and there are failures. If you can fix the mistake, it's not a failure. But here is a failure and what I learned from it.

I withdrew from Translantau Ultra 100 km after going 93.2 km, at last check point. It is a trail running event on Lantau Island, the biggest outlying island of Hong Kong (https://translantau.com/). We started run at 23:30 on Fri and it took me nearly 24 hours to get to the last check point. Obviously there was no-sleep night on Fri as we were running, plus many participants including myself had full working on the day of the event. So it was a good challenge from the start.
How did it start
A former colleague, Nelson, told me about this trail-running event. He said there is an option of 25 km, 50 km and 100 km. 'Of course, I will go 100K'. So the registration day came (sometime in October 2016) and I was set on the list. Also there was another Ukrainian running as well, but I haven't chance to get to know him in person.
In fact, I…

The idea of reflection

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Only reflected feelings become experiences.  (Y. Hlibovytsky)
When we see yourself in the mirror before going out - to make sure that we look great (or think that look great/ in a way we choose). So the mirror is reflecting ourselves and giving us a feedback. Based on this feedback we can make a decision by evaluating the feedback: to go or not to go yet (fix hair/ change shirt) - and then go.

Wouldn't be nice to have something like this for our brain? I don't mean CT-scans and MRI machines, but actually something about our thoughts and actions. About our experiences. Something which could help us to see ourselves in different situations and evaluate it. And decide whether we would do it again. For example, foodie type of people would love the idea of non-stop eating or eating as much as they want. But people around would give immediate feedback - 'oh you are getting fatter', which is in the most if the societies is not a good thing (the doc may say it's not good f…