J. Kelly Hoey

Against The Odds: Entrepreneurs Globally Pursue The American Dream

Are entrepreneurs building companies in conflict regions or economies of scarcity, more innovative and resilient than other entrepreneurs?

This is one of the questions I asked Elmira Bayrasli, author of “From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places” for my recent Inc.com column. Her answer: “an entrepreneur is an entrepreneur any where in the world — passionate, driven, persistent, optimistic, determined” but…”entrepreneurs outside the US have to grapple with tremendous obstacles that we often take for granted here in the US — obstacles such as corruption, poor infrastructure, weak rule of law, lack of collaborative space. As a result, entrepreneurs abroad have to be more creative about circumventing them while trying to build and scale up an enterprise.”


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