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The International Entrepreneur – Trump and other Branding Issues in International Business

International Entrepreneur, Branding Issues in International Business

  I was waiting on the platform for the train from Bedford to London Heathrow. It was October 2004 and I struck up a conversation with a local businessman (staying true to my American stereotype of perpetual friendliness). After a few minutes, the gentleman asked me what was really on his mind… “What could Americans […]

The International Entrepreneur – International Business Lessons from Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, India, International Trade,

Like most professionals in technology fields, I’m a bit fascinated by Mark Zuckerberg. Really, who could have predicted the meteoric rise of Facebook twelve years ago when it was just started? He’s not one to build the same wisdom-drenched following like Richard Branson or Guy Kawasaki. But the day he put his newly acquired Mandarin Chinese […]

The International Entrepreneur –Chinese Business– Interview with Bijan Bewley

Today I have the privilege of interviewing American Bijan Bewley, who recently spent a year living, working and studying in Beijing. Mr. Bewley is a Principle of Global Progressive Solutions, a firm focused on global business strategy with particular concentration on entering and succeeding in the Chinese market. The International Entrepreneur (TIE): Having lived and […]

The International Entrepreneur – Are Foreign Investors the Right Option for Tech Firm Growth?

This past week I developed an itinerary for a Chinese investor’s trip to the U.S. that will take place later this summer. “Helen” is someone I met five years ago in Beijing. She and her investment firm have been highly successful in China working with technology firms spinning off from Chinese state-run enterprises. Helen’s trip […]

The International Entrepreneur – Breaking Through Assumptions in Chinese Negotiations – Part 1

I will never forget my first trip to China five years ago. Everything that I thought I knew about China and its culture was completely wrong. I had always interpreted the Chinese expression “don’t be polite” to mean that the Chinese didn’t value politeness. On the contrary – the Chinese professionals and even random people […]

The International Entrepreneur: Environmental Impact of Globalization

The International Entrepreneur: Environmental Impact of Globalization

Is expanding into overseas markets going to hurt the environment? This question was raised recently to me by a CEO/founder/entrepreneur. The answer is: it depends how you conduct your business.