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 […]
There’s an international travel blogger I know who makes his living by paid presentations to tourism boards around the world and reviewing cruise ships, resorts and other travel services. Not a bad life for an ex-tech entrepreneur! But one thing I always find interesting is that middle-aged Midwestern never learned to speak another language beyond […]
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 […]
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 ? Leading a Multicultural Team As entrepreneurs, we are told that the skills and experience of our core team members determines our ability to capitalize as well as succeed in our new ventures. We are also told that it is vital to have diversity. This week?s blog is about leadership style, which […]
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.