Why couldn’t you stay small?
-A competitor, a former partner or a supplier might ask.
In my previous life, years ago, I was producing shows and concerts. At first, they were all small scale. Then they grew. Quick. From a dubstep music producer from New Zealand to then huge LMFAO ( Sorry for Party Rocking’), big and emerging Ellie Goulding, B.o.B and more. A competing show promoter, who run a concert venue, started making my agency’s life hard in different ways, due to confusing the two business directions. In one case, we were competitors, but in this case we were…
The time of hybrids has come. Has the humanity invented everything? We are seeing more and more hybrids, i.e., merging and combining what already exists, experimenting with real-life solutions to try change the status quo.
Hybrid war, hybrid data networks, even hybrid people (not having white + black or Hispanic mix in mind but cyborgs of some kind — whatever it is a human with a robotic hand, implanted sensors to feel smell, or a flying policemen with the help of droned in Dubai, or jet suits by a British start-up Gravity Industries to mention some.
The world order…
Yes these two are not necessarily synonyms and does not have to correlate. It is not also one versus another. Same with self-isolated people and running international business.
This is 21st century, for God’s sake. Tech century, communication century, everything-digital century. Let’s show that to anything or anyone that tries to separate or stop us.
Nothing beats a human handshake, especially for an important meeting, but that does not always has to happen for another networking event. Networking has become a hype. Your start-up getting funded and then burning investors’ money on visiting another networking event, whether it’s another tech…
Another airline calling off all flights starting next morning. Your first thought “not again, another story on the virus”. Not really. Or at all. Numerous airlines went bust lately, due to not being able to keep up with competition or price drop. And they showed they do not care much about passengers (or employees), making them find out about the fact from news.
This is only one example of what happens when the waters are too crowded and you are a bad swimmer in blue ocean (read below if you are not familiar with the term), or when the competition…
Years, months, even weeks ago we could read articles about a possible crisis coming up of nowhere. Possible causes and symptoms, like WeWork's IPO fiasco, sudden closures of numerous European airlines, or clash of titans U.S.A and China in an economic war (was planning another article on that, might not be worth making it anymore) to mention some, were not enough to believe in a serious crisis beginning.
The respectable and witty Danish professor residing in Riga for 23 years, Morten Hansen, by whom I had pleasure to be taught at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, had numerous…
Brexit, Hong Kong versus China mainland, Chile’s inflation, Crimea and Ukraine versus Russia, Hungary turning away from liberalism and democracy, different powers tearing apart Syria, global warming, plastic pollution, … Not your business?
Or it makes you sick thinking of any, and you would love to have the old European Union, old Hong Kong, Ukraine’s Crimea, hot summers and cold winters with freezing Arctics, or life with no plastic bags back. Which is not possible.
Claus Otto Scharmer of MIT and Tsinghua University after long study and many interviews formed U theory, and according to it, there are 3 options…
What do we want from another country?
Have been thinking of this often when traveling to close deals or negotiate partnerships. Seeing what happens in global politics (or economics), one does not have to guess if there is love between DIFFERENT people. So is that just money, and
isn’t there enough money back home?
A while ago, I participated in Latvia — India business forum, with India VP and Latvia President taking part. A high level event with around 25 businesses from India and a bit more from Latvia side among participants… and what I saw were mostly Indians speaking…
In the middle of last summer I received an offer. I am fully occupied with agency ENRIGA helping companies to scale internationally, and my mentoring, teaching, and training activities but the offer was tempting and challenging. So I decided to explore it. We did not agree but it inspired me to share this story about the Brexit torn United Kingdom, especially England, which is not only London. About opportunities.
The story is about:
What am I doing?
Do I know this at all?
Is this something for me?
The questions you might hear in your head from time to time. How do you know that you are good at what you are doing? How do you know you do OK?
I am not willing to get into if this is the right place for you. The story is about doing it right.
Let's start with the reason. Why you are doing that.
I'll start with myself. So I am:
9 months ago, I had chance to visit Hong Kong. Symbolically,
it was around my motherland’s independence day.
The short visit gave me an insight into this amazing place, with astonishing sights of nature and skyscrapers, friendly people, and opportunities Hong Kong provides to business and leisure guests.
I am not for any kind of colonialism, and would never support a nation suppressing other nation, but I saw happy people in a place which has experienced an incredible development and growth. An intelligent and open nation, a place easy to be.
Also, I visited other side of the water, Shenzhen…
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