Scaling a web design company in Bangkok, with Laurent Couche, founder of Asia Media Studio

Laurent, please introduce yourself… Born and bred in Brussels, I graduated from CAD, a well known private art college that is renowned for its English/American-style education in the fields of design, advertising, web design, digital creation, graphics and interior architecture. My craving for travel brought me to Thailand in 2004, a place I fell in love with almost immediately; the rest, as they say, is history! What’s the story behind creating Asia Media and can you explain what you do? When I first arrived in Bangkok I worked in a marketing role for a French bakery company, where I stayed...

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Connecting artisans in developing economies to the global marketplace, with Gijsbert van der Sleen, founder of Discovered

Gijsbert, please introduce yourself… My name is Gijsbert van der Sleen, I am the founder of Discovered, a social marketplace where artisans (craftsmen) from emerging markets open their online stores and sell directly to consumers worldwide. I am based in The Netherlands and have a background in e-commerce. What’s the story behind creating Discovered and can you explain how it works? I got the idea at the end of 2012. I realized that I needed to have help, that’s why I knocked on the door of Enviu. Enviu starts businesses that create social and environmental impact. I strongly believe that...

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Run every aspect of your business in one place, with Angel Grablev, founder of U.S based Freedcamp

Angel, please introduce yourself… My name is Angel Grablev and I am the CEO of Freedcamp, the free collaboration platform. I’ve been a web developer for over 10 years and have had a remarkable career from building the first HTML5 framework (52framework) to developing websites for musicians like Jack Johnson and Lenny Kravitz. I started my first business when I was 16 building an advanced gamer social network that helped unite millions of users online. What’s the story behind creating Freedcamp and can you explain how it works? After using Project Management in multiple companies as a successful method for...

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9 Great Tools to Help You Find the Perfect Domain Name

Choosing a domain for your company or new website may seem straightforward at first, but with a crowded marketplace and stiff competition for common names, finding an available domain – not to mention related social media usernames – can quickly turn into a long process. Fortunately there are a slew of new tools to help you find the perfect domain name without spending forever practicing your word association skills. The sites below not only help you search for your ideal domain keyword, but find related domains, phrases, social media profiles and more in a variety of combinations. Domai.nr Go beyond...

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Helping youths build careers in the Philippines, with Zhihan Lee, founder of BagoSphere

Zhihan, please introduce yourself… I graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Engineering Science. During university, I spent a year in Stockholm with a medical-tech start-up, thereafter I travelled to India to work with a social enterprise involved with rural IT outsourcing.  I was also active in leading community service projects to rural villages and schools in Laos and Thailand. In 2010, I co-founded BagoSphere in the Philippines. I am also an Ambassador of the Sandbox-Network, a global community of extraordinary young achievers between 20 and 30. What’s the story behind creating BagoSphere and...

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Helping companies with their talent and culture strategies, with Susan LaMotte, founder of U.S based exaqueo

Susan, please introduce yourself… I’m Susan LaMotte and I am the founder and principal consultant for exaqueo (ex-ACK-wee-o). I sit at the intersection of where business meets behavior – helping clients and companies balance people strategy and the way people intersect with business needs and growth. I’m originally from Philadelphia, so it makes me both a rabid sports fan and incredibly honest which my clients appreciate. I’m now based in Washington, DC where I live with my husband, a recovering entrepreneur and digital PR leader. I started working when I was 14 and had 16 different jobs before I even...

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From Silicon Valley to Building Software Products in Hong Kong, with Jaclyn Tsui, co-founder of Altitude Labs

Jaclyn, please introduce yourself… I’m a founder and software engineer at Altitude Labs. We are a team of software developers and designers from the US that build products for clients. I was born and raised in Hong Kong. Prior to this, I was an investment portfolio manager, product manager at a Techstars startup and have also founded and invested in several tech startups. What’s the story behind creating Altitude Labs and can you explain what you do? Broadly speaking, there is a lack of technical knowhow in Asia. There are proven approaches to developing software in Silicon Valley that to...

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Building a Social Education Startup in South Africa, with Barbara Mallinson, founder of Obami

Barbara, please introduce yourself… I’m Barbara Mallinson, the founder and CEO of Obami – Africa’s favourite social leaning platform. I grew up in Johannesburg and completed a Business Science degree at the University of Cape Town before moving to London to work in the corporate world for 5 years. While I learnt a lot working in the digital industry, big companies were simply not for me – I was itching to start my own business, and jumped head first into starting Obami. Not long after doing so, my husband (then boyfriend) and I decided to move back to South Africa...

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25 Israel Based Entrepreneurs Share Actionable Tips For Successfully Doing Business in Israel

In this chapter of our Global Startup Report 25 Israel based entrepreneurs share their tips and advice for successfully doing business in Israel. — People here are very welcoming & generous with their time & their contacts. Start going to networking events & soon enough you’ll be plugged in. Most of us are thrilled when new people want to move here & we’ll be happy to help. Be transparent – everyone else is. We’re very much a WYSIWG culture. And don’t take things personally – usually they’re not. @TamarYaniv / Preen.Me Don’t be afraid with formalities. Israelis don’t like to...

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Creating a Nationwide Venue Marketplace in India, with Rahul Rane, co-founder of MegaVenues

Rahul, please introduce yourself… My name is Rahul Rane and I am the co-founder and CEO of Megavenues.com. We are an event venue marketplace startup based out of Pune, India. Currently I am based in Houston working on global expansion of Megavenues. We are currently a team of 42 including development, design, digital marketing, business development, sales, content creation and interns. What’s the story behind creating MegaVenues and can you explain how it works? MegaVenues.com is a marketplace for event venues that allows venue owners to list their properties i.e. banquet halls, open air venues, meeting and conference rooms, wedding...

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