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Work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week: Jack Ma demands of his staff at Alibaba

China's tech industry is littered with tales of programmers and startup founders dying unexpectedly due to long hours

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In a later comment, Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba, dubbed overtime work culture a “huge blessing”

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To survive at Alibaba Group Holding you need to work 12 hours a day, six days a week. That’s what billionaire Jack Ma demands of his staff at China’s biggest e-commerce platform. 
 
Later as controversy brewed over his remark, Ma defended overtime work culture at many of China’s tech companies, calling it a "huge blessing" for young workers.
 
Earlier, Ma told an internal meeting that Alibaba doesn’t need people who look forward to a typical eight-hour office lifestyle, according to a post on Alibaba’s official Weibo account. Instead, he endorsed the industry’s notorious 996 work culture — that is, 9

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First Published: Apr 13 2019 | 1:39 AM IST

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