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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 – The Globalization of American High Tech

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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 – 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 – Improving Agile International Project Management

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This week I caught up top global IT project manager, Sean Hull. Sean leads global teams on enterprise system implementations. His latest project involved a U.S.-American company implementing a customized system for an Australian customer that was developed by a South Korean team. I wanted to hear Sean’s insights about how agile management practices are […]

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 […]

The International Entrepreneur –International Expansion: Organic or Acquisition?

You may be asking yourself if your approach to international expansion is the right one. Should you grow organically by the strength of expanded international sales? Or would the right company acquisition in the local market be a shortcut that provides instant market access? As with most questions in international business, the answer is… it […]

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 – Update on Telemedicine

This week I was fortunate enough to hear Dr. Arlen Meyers’ presentation “Telemedicine: Is 2013 the breakout year?” at the Health Innovation Angel Network hosted by the Innovation Pavilion in Centennial, Colorado, USA. Arlen is at the heart of the biosciences industry in Colorado. He takes a global view on healthcare delivery and technology, as […]

The International Entrepreneur – 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Tech Firm’s International Marketing Strategy

What an amazing time to be an innovative entrepreneur. Technology, globalization and entrepreneurship are all evolving rapidly, allowing for advancements that no one thought possible just a few years ago. My own professional area, international marketing, is barely recognizable from 2002 and much less from 1992. But even as your company jettisons into the future, […]