Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The World is Not Enough

For those interested in following my articles and blogposts from the World Entrepreneur of the Year conference in Monte Carlo this month, here's a list - in the order in which they were written.

What should you take away from all this work? That the quality of international entrepreneurs is growing fast. And that Canadians have to work harder and smarter to retain their edge.

World entrepreneurs reaffirm business is the best route to change, reform and prosperity
A scene-setter, including my interview with Dr. Ruth Oltjer, Estonia's astonishing Entrepreneur of the Year.

Interview with Dr. Ma Weihua, president and CEO of China Merchants Bank. "The first thing we had to do was distinguish ourselves from the competition. We had to find our own strategy and operational model.”

If you’re looking to add value for your customers, read this Czech entrepreneur’s story
Interview with Frantisek Piskanin of Prague-based transportation company HOPI sro: “No one else does things the way we do.”

Interview with Vancouver-born Lance Uggla of London-based Markit Group Ltd., a financial-services information and infrastructure provider. He is the U.K.’s 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year, and was considered a top contender for the "World Entrepreneur" title.

Meet Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of New York State yogurt producer Chobani Inc. His Canadian experience: “We found the land, we wanted to build our plant, but then we started running into all these regulations.”

A summing-up.
"We’ve enjoyed privileged access to the U.S. market for years. But other parts of the world are now growing faster, and it’s no longer enough to be big in Buffalo or Boise. New, fast-growing entrepreneurial companies in Europe, Asia and South America are putting global markets into their business plans, and some of them are gunning for you."

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