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The International Entrepreneur – Maximizing the Potential of a Global Strategic Partnership

Global Strategic Partnership

  I glanced up from the conference phone positioned in the middle of the table to catch the expression of quiet resignation in Hector, my client’s new Strategic Partnership Director. Hector’s Sales VP was talking on speaker phone to a potential strategic partner’s sales and partnership team. I realized in that moment that Hector knew […]

The International Entrepreneur – How to Respond to International Business Opportunities Outside Current Markets

Business Opportunities in New Countries

  Michelle looked up from her computer monitors and directly at her business partner, Brian. “Japan? Do we even know anyone in Japan? How did they find out about our company?”, asked Michelle. Only 9 months ago, Michelle and Brian had launched their software startup. Things were going better than they ever dreamed it would. […]

The International Entrepreneur – Setting up Your International Distributor Program for Success

international distributor partner representative

  Your company may use a partner, channel, distributor or representative (rep). They all may follow slightly different selling structures. But call them what you want. If they are bringing in new profitable clients, then you love them. I’ve talked with many young, growing firms who manage an international distributor program as a way to […]

The International Entrepreneur – Is your company still an Accidental Exporter?

Accidental exporter, international entrepreneur

Joe rolled his chair over to company founder, Mary’s desk with a quizzical wrinkle in his brow… “Can we sell our security product to someone in Romania? We just got an email basically ordering 50 software licenses from somewhere called Timisoara”, said Joe as Mary looked up from her multiple computer monitors. Mary was just […]

The International Entrepreneur – The Globalization of American High Tech

international trade, information technology, globalization, international entrepreneur

This week I wrapped up a 3-week project researching American IT companies that expanded into international markets. Normally my clients hire me to focus on markets outside the U.S., so it was interesting to study the industry I serve. Honestly, I thought I knew all about the American IT industry. I have spent the better part […]

The International Entrepreneur – Building a Stronger International Strategy

building international strategy, international business, international marketing

Today’s reality: most companies don’t strategically plan their international expansion. Or if there is a plan, it’s often broad and filed in some file drawer collecting dust. Instead, it sort of just happens and employees are along for the ride. If you are wondering if this is true in your organization, here are some signs […]

The International Entrepreneur – 5 Tech Firm Strategy Myths that Need Busting

international strategy, international business, international marketing

Have you ever wondered why international expansion results often are underwhelming and unimpressive? A tech company realizes that many international clients are proactively seeking out their products & services. They decide that it’s time to expand into new markets I think it’s time to bust some myths in international business strategy that have plagued tech industries […]

The International Entrepreneur – Localizing Websites for International Markets

international website, international strategy, international business, international entrepreneur

“SmartCodeSoftware” Company was like many other firms that evolved into international markets. They started with a few international clients that found the company through industry trade shows and online. Then international representatives offered their services to the company. The company created a distributor network. When the company started to uncover its international market potential, they […]

The International Entrepreneur – Startup Stage Planning for International Expansion

International Business Expansion

Recently I presented and mentored at the Phoenix Startup Week, where I met many technology entrepreneurs. While most companies start expanding into international markets as part of their growth stage, there are many reasons why even the earliest startup stage company should begin planning for international as early as possible. Start With the End in Mind […]

The International Entrepreneur – 5 Smart Ideas for Protecting IP in International Markets

IP, intellectual property, international, business, global

  How important is your intellectual property – your company and brand names, creative outputs, inventions and trade secrets? Most company leaders consider these aspects to be the most critical for long-term success. I have also heard many business leaders shy away from international expansion because of IP theft fears. To be clear – any […]