J. Kelly Hoey

Extraordinary Times Require Global Entrepreneurs

As entrepreneurs innovate and disrupt, they shape not only economies, but social and political futures too — and that’s why entrepreneurship is needed globally more than ever before.

In her book “From The Other Side Of The World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places”, author Elmira Bayrasli knocks entrepreneurism off it’s romantic pedestal and plants it firmly on its problem-solving feet. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart and it is definitely not just about technology or apps or something those in Silicon Valley get to pursue (as she notes in her 2015 Startup Istanbul talk).

Being an entrepreneur is about solving problems.

Entrepreneurs globally face many obstacles in their desire to solve a problem and create a recurring, scalable business model. However, universal obstacles documented on startup or technology blogs and in tweets (product-market fit, finding the first paying customer, funding) are dwarfed in magnitude by challenges of war, corruption, political gridlock, poor infrastructure, monopolies, weak rule of law… As Elmira says in her book

Read more at Inc.com


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