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Alibaba Founder & Executive Chairman Jack Ma to Keynote Iconic: Boston


Thursday, September 22 at the Citi Performing Arts Center - Wang Theatre

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. & NEW YORK, N.Y., August 18, 2016—Alibaba Founder & Executive Chairman Jack Ma will sit down with CNBC's David Faber in a keynote interview "How I Built It: A Conversation with Jack Ma" to discuss how a focus on helping small businesses led to the creation of the world's largest commerce company. The interview will take place at iCONIC: Boston at the Citi Performing Arts Center - Wang Theatre in Boston on Thursday, September 22.

Produced by CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Inc. Media, the publisher of Inc. magazine, the iCONIC Tour 2016 completes a three-city sweep with the Boston event. The Tour is a series of one-day conferences that combine dynamic interviews, inspiring presentations and business advice from leaders who have achieved iconic status.

Tyler Mathisen, co-anchor of CNBC's "Power Lunch " and "Nightly Business Report " and Eric Schurenberg, Inc.'s president and editor-in-chief, will serve as the hosts for the conference. Sessions and interviews will be featured on multiple platforms including CNBC, and

Additional speakers and panelists throughout the day include:

  • The co-founder of Life is Good, John Jacobs, who with his brother took $78 and a stick figure drawing and turned it into a $100 million lifestyle brand empire.
  • Jim Koch, brewer and founder of Samuel Adams, chairman of The Boston Beer Company and author of Quench Your Own Thirst, discusses how to brew passion and craft a satisfying vision.
  • SoulCycle co-founders Elizabeth Cutler & Julie Rice and CrossFit founder Greg Glassman share how they grew fanatical followings for their fitness brands.
  • Curt Richardson, founder and chief visionary officer of Otter Products, and Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND and author of Do the Kind Thing, debate whether businesses should have a social mission, or simply seek profit.
  • Danae Ringelmann, founder and chief development officer of Indiegogo, delivers a presentation on the culture of innovation and taking a company from founding to future.
  • Todd Wagner, partner with Mark Cuban in the Wagner/Cuban Companies and founder of Charity Network, and Bryn Mooser, RYOT founder and CEO, discuss how to successfully weave a narrative into the fabric of your business.
  • Gravity Payments founder and CEO Dan Price talks about the results so far of one of the business world's most dramatic experiments in promoting income equality: his decision to raise his company's minimum salary to $70,000.

Leading up to the event, CNBC's small business and entrepreneurship reporter Kate Rogers will provide stories on-air and online highlighting the hottest, most exciting Boston startups.

T-Mobile is the founding sponsor of The iCONIC Tour.

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