Alibaba Group is established

Alibaba Group is established by its 18 founders, led by Jack Ma, working out of Jack Ma’s apartment in Hangzhou. Its first website is English-language, a global wholesale marketplace.


Alibaba Group launches China marketplace

Alibaba Group launches a China marketplace (currently known as for domestic wholesale trade.

1999 surpasses one million registered users

December 2001

Taobao Marketplace founded

Online shopping website Taobao Marketplace is founded, again in Jack Ma’s apartment.

May 2003

Inaugural Netreprenuer Summit

Alibaba Group organizes its first Netrepreneur Summit, a gathering of Internet entrepreneurs, and honors the first 10 Netrepreneurs of the Year.

June 2004

Aliwangwang launched on Taobao Marketplace

Aliwangwang, a personal computer-based instant messaging tool that facilitates text, audio and video communication between buyers and sellers, is launched on Taobao Marketplace.

July 2004

Alipay launched

Alipay, currently a related company of Alibaba Group, is launched as a third-party online payment platform.

December 2004

Alibaba Group forms a strategic partnership with Yahoo!.

August 2005

Alibaba Group takes over the operations of China Yahoo!

October 2005

Taobao Marketplace founded

The Taobao University program is launched, providing e-commerce training and education to buyers and sellers.

July 2006

Alibaba completes IPO on SEHK completes its initial public offering on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

November 2007

Alibaba Group launches Alimama

Alibaba Group launches Alimama, an online marketing technology platform.

November 2007

Taobao Mall is introduced

Taobao Mall (currently known as, a dedicated platform for third-party brands and retailers, is introduced to complement Taobao Marketplace.

April 2008

Alibaba Cloud Computing established

Alibaba Cloud Computing is established in conjunction with Alibaba Group’s 10th anniversary celebration.

September 2009

Alibaba acquires HiChina announces the acquisition of HiChina, China’s leading Internet infrastructure service provider.

September 2009

Taobao Marketplace introduces online group buying marketplace Juhuasuan.

March 2010

Mobile Taobao app launched

August 2010

Juhuasun spun off

Juhuasuan is spun off from Taobao Marketplace as an independent platform.

October 2011

Alibaba Foundation Established

Alibaba Group establishes the Alibaba Foundation with a sizeable fund dedicated to social causes.

January 2012

Taobao celebrates 10th Anniversary

Taobao’s 10th anniversary is marked with a global gathering of Alibaba Group employees in Hangzhou.

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May 2013

Alibaba Group unveils the Alibaba Smart TV OS.

July 2013

Alibaba Group officially launches its mobile social networking app, Laiwang.

September 2013

Alibaba goes public and goes big

After its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, BABA broke the record for the largest-ever intital public offering, earning $25 billion.

September 2014