Posted by: changholt | December 28, 2012

Alibaba: Will it be the new Facebook?

The Chinese Internet sensation has built itself into a diversified e-commerce player in a protected market. Alibaba now works in various ways as an EBay, Amazon and PayPal. So, the question really is, will the underwriter link the company’s IPO share price to actual revenues or to the hyped potential of China’s Internet and economic growth?

That ultimately depends on how China’s new state leaders address systemic macro-economic challenges, specifically the state’s ongoing role in the economy and China’s commitment to globalization on the basis of reciprocity. The Alibaba IPO could be the litmus test for economic policymaking in China.

via Business without Borders | Alibaba: Will it be the new Facebook?.

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