Cash-rich Alibaba benefits from crisis, looks to expand

25 May 2009

By Don Gasper

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba.com plans to increase its investments this year, fortified by a substantial war chest, a fast-expanding base of paying subscribers and a new pay-for-performance advertising product.

As revenue increased by 19 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2009, the company said in May that it felt it was actually benefitin



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Brian Blum

Brian Blum covers the U.S., Canada and Israel for Classified Intelligence Report, and contributes to our special reports and research projects. Originally from San Francisco and now based in Jerusalem, he has been with the AIM Group since 2004. He is the president of Blum Interactive Media, specializing in writing and multimedia content development for online, print, video and audio. His clients include newspapers, universities and non-profits. He is currently working on a book about the billion-dollar bankruptcy of a once high-flying Israeli startup.