Talking to Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal, the two schoolmates who founded Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, it's crystal clear who their biggest business hero is.
"One of the biggest motivations for us was what Jack Ma was able to do with Alibaba in China. We realized that the ability to create quantum impact was so strong in the business model that he had picked, that if we were able to replicate anywhere close to what he had achieved in China, we would move the needle for India," said Bahl, who is also the site's chief executive.
The admiration may go both ways. According to recent media reports, Alibaba and Foxconn are in talks about investing in Snapdeal, which could value the company at $5 billion.
In an interview with Oriel Morrison for CNBC's Entrepreneur Asia: Power Players, Bahl said more than funding, Snapdeal would love to have an inside take on how Alibaba operates.
"I think the knowledge that they (Alibaba) provide us will be of great value. We'd love to get it directly," he said.
"We have a very long horizon in this business. I tell any incoming investor now, we have a 25-year view on our company, and you have to come in on at least five years. We don't know when is the right time for an IPO (initial public offering), and we don't want investors to get upset if an IPO doesn't happen in one, two or three years," Bahl added.
According to data compiled by Wall Street Journal, Snapdeal, which was founded in 2010, is now India's fourth most valuable startup, valued at $2 billion. Gross value of the goods sold on company's online marketplace is over $3 billion.