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 […]
As I walked around the tech company?s office over the?weeks I spent on site, I heard quiet?complaints about international leads and clients from some of the?client-facing staff. ?That accent was so thick that I couldn?t understand her.? ?They don?t know how to follow a normal buying process.? ?I really don?t like dealing with people from […]
The reality is this: No one knows everything there is to know about international trade. There are 180+ sovereign countries, 3,000+ languages, local regulations and business practices, and countless other details that affect doing business. We may not know it all, but we can strengthen our knowledge, positioning and outcomes by shoring up weaknesses in […]
The International Entrepreneur: 5 Tips for Preparing Your Product for Global Markets I?m always amazed with how many companies don?t think to plan their product design around future company growth that includes global markets. The cost is huge to retrofit product size, material requirements, packaging, etc. after your product has already been created. Here are […]
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.