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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 – Identifying Cultural Issues in Business

Culture, international business, international negotiations

Chief Legal Counsel let out a deep sigh when the subject of China came up in conversation. We were seated together in a board meeting for a local university international business think tank. I knew his company had invested heavily in manufacturing operations in southern China and was asking about how things were going. Apparently, […]

The International Entrepreneur – Keeping America’s Global Competitiveness

This week I am focusing on globalization at a national level. To be honest, I am concerned about my country’s sustained ability to globally compete. That probably sounds a bit drastic given that I live in the United States and we have the largest economy of the world. The U.S. is home to top universities […]

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 2)

In Part 1, I wrote about cultural assumptions in China. In the second half of this series, I have advice for entrepreneurs starting negotiations with their first client or partner in the Chinese market. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare One of the biggest mistakes that a company can make in international negotiations is to skip preparations. Americans […]

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 on […]

The International Entrepreneur – Tips for Working with an In-Country Business Agent

Anyone can go to a country like Brazil and try to set up business operations and sales channels, but to truly make the most out of Brazilian business opportunities, it is best to hire the services of a “Despachante”. Despachante is a word derived from efficient in the Portuguese language, but it normally translates to […]

The International Entrepreneur – Valuing Translation and Interpreters

As the Latin American technology markets heat up, the rest of the world is engaging and trying to make inroads into these potentially lucrative markets. Decreased communication and travel costs combined with lower trade barriers in recent years have make it infinitely more cost effective to enter markets like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, […]

The International Entrepreneur – Tips for Avoiding Chinese Bribe Requests

The issue of Chinese corruption has been making headlines again lately. According to Transparency International, China is seen as a moderately corrupt country compared with the likes of places like Afganistan and Paraguay. But corruption is still an issue for Westerners wanting to enter the Chinese market. Steve Barru of China Business Hand recently wrote […]