Alibaba's (BABA) executive chairman Jack Ma is never short of big ideas. 

Ma chose chose Detroit, Michigan over New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to host its biggest conference ever in the U.S. this week. 

The conference is called Gateway '17 and is teaching entrepreneurs, small businesses and farmers about the Chinese economy and about how they can grow their businesses by selling on Alibaba's platforms.

Here are some of Ma's biggest quotes from his keynote address on Tuesday evening. One standout was Ma saying Alibaba will so sell so much stuff by the year 2035, it will generate the equivalent in GDP to be the fifth largest economy. Ma also said he was preparing for retirement. 

TheStreet was live at the event.

Jack Ma: "if you don't sell your products in China, you will miss the future" $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

Jack Ma first searched for a beer when using a computer for first time $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

Jack Ma: "I was the 7th person connected to the internet in China" $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

Alibaba's Jack Ma: sees $1 trillion in gross merchandise sales in three years $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

"By year 2035, we will be the fifth largest economy in the world," Jack Ma says of Alibaba $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

Alibaba's Jack Ma says he doesn't want to die in his office, he wants to die on the beaches $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

Aliibaba's Jack Ma: "yeah, I am preparing to retire" $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

"Artificial intelligence may take a lot of jobs away," Alibaba's Jack Ma says $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

"By year 2035, we will be the fifth largest economy in the world," Jack Ma says of Alibaba $BABA

— Brian Sozzi (@BrianSozzi) June 20, 2017

Alibaba's shares fell 0.2% to $142.71 by Monday's close.

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Editor's Pick: Originally published June 21.

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