Saturday, September 14, 2019

On a Boat That Is Moving Through Water

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"Being on a boat that's moving through the water, it's so clear. Everything falls into place in terms of what's important and what's not." – James Taylor

Friday, September 13, 2019

Life is Good (Podcast)

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Brothers Bert and John Jacobs in the late 80s were living as nomads, traveling from college to college selling t-shirts out of their van.

It wasn't a sustainable living – until one day, they created a new design. It was a simple sketch of a grinning face, with three words printed underneath: Life Is Good.

The rest is history and now Life is Good is more than $100 million in annual revenue.  Listen to the podcast here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Kabbage Customers Are Optimistic About Economy, At Least for Borrowing Money

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As the trade war between the US and China causes global markets to gyrate, investor confidence has become a bit wobbly.
But not everyone is losing their nerve. Rob Frohwein, co-founder and CEO of small-business lending platform Kabbage, says his company’s customers are optimistic [at least for borrowing money]. The Atlanta-based company originated $670 million in loans during the second quarter, a 45% jump from a year earlier.
When companies use the right online technology, borrowing can be handled much more quickly.

Read more about how small business owners are fearless about the US recession, at least according to one online lender.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Is Your Company Making the Most Out of AI?

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is happening today, transforming companies of all sizes all over the world. Its adoption has driven down costs and made it increasingly accessible to small and midsize businesses.

So how can you leverage AI?  The article below shares three ideas.

Making the most out of AI.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Today in Global Small Business: Best Defense Against Terrorism?

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Be Happy: Ride a Bike

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"You can't be sad while riding a bicycle." – Anonymous

Friday, September 06, 2019

Meet Your Favorite Down-Time Distraction

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Explore the wonderful world of podcasts, get ready to meet your new favorite down-time distraction.
Similar to talk radio shows, they generally consist of a host or hosts who discuss subject material, interview guests, tell stories, or some combination thereof. Many have theme or background music, and regular commercials by sponsors, just like radio or TV programs. Podcasts can make excellent audio entertainment while you’re working on mindless tasks, commuting, cleaning, cooking, or doing anything that doesn’t require your full attention.
Pop on your headphones and get listening.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

As You Grow a Global Business Like Gympass, Focus on Physical and Mental Health

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Meet the founder, Cesar Carvalho, of the truly international business, Gympass.  The story goes like this:  When Cesar left his small hometown in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais to study in São Paulo, he had no idea he would be where he is today.
The entrepreneur leading one of the largest corporate platforms for physical activity in the world is having a whirlwind of a year: he moved to the United States in January to accelerate the company's expansion, already present in 14 countries. Months later, in June, a $300 million funding round led by SoftBank raised the startup's market value beyond $ 1 billion.

What keeps his sanity and rhythm for running a hip business is his focus on physical and mental health.  It goes like this:
"No matter where I am in the world, I make sure that I am back in time for dinner with my wife on Friday. Weekends are sacred, and are reserved for her and my children, as well as physical activities with them - I rarely work on those days," he [Cesar] points out.
Read more about how Gympass is a Brazilian company gone global.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

An Online Pass Makes a Las Cruces Film Festival Global

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The Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Borderscene Film Festival (BFF), now in its second year, is aiming to go global by offering an online-only pass, where viewers can watch films from the comfort of their homes.

Whether someone is located in the UK, Argentina or Chicago, provided they have an Internet connection, they can view the BFF.
The pass gives viewers around the world a chance to see the 75 films that will screen at the festival, which begins Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 9 at different locations in and around Las Cruces.
Learn more about how a local festival wants to get as many eyes as possible on their films and will do so through going global.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Elon Musk's China-Based Boring Company

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China is the future.  At least that is what Elon Musk says after he recently announced the launch of his Boring Company in China.
He’s [Elon Musk] right. Especially if this keeps up: over 90% of American companies in China say that their Chinese competition, both state and private, receive “tangible benefits” that they do not. In other words, a near plurality of American companies say they are playing on a totally uneven playing field. But herein lies the rub. They all want to be there anyway, and less than 10% have plans to leave.
There you have it.  Current tariffs on China are not enough to persuade multinationals to leave.  Discover more about how U.S. companies think China is unfair, but they don't really care.  And read the Tweet about the Boring Company.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Today in Global Small Business: The Promise and Pitfalls of Localism

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What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:
  • Four tips to protect your small business during a downturn.
  • Quote of the week: Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." – Benjamin Franklin
  • Funding Circle, a small business loans platform in the UK, US, Germany and the Netherlands, recently closed its first asset-backed securitization of US small business loans originated through its platform.
  • Why localization is essential for expanding overseas.
  • The promise and pitfalls of localism.
  • Nearly 84% of global ecommerce sales happen outside of Western continents such as North America and Europe, and overall sales are expected to reach $4.8 trillion USD by 2021.  Then why have some of the world’s largest and best-known multi-nationals failed spectacularly when expanding abroad?
  • USA national holiday Labor Day is a time to reflect and honor workers.