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35 Tips on How Not to Offend Your International Business Partners (Infographic)

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From how you eat to how you dress, a look at how your behavior could be interpreted by your customers, colleagues and clients in different countries.

The popular catchphrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is also true of offensive behavior.

In France, it is common for a man to greet a lady with a quick kiss on the cheek, even in a business setting. In China and India, that sort of familiar contact with business associates is frowned upon. And in Germany, if a business associate nods upon shaking your hand, then it is considered good form to return the nod.  

San Francisco-based customer service software company Zendesk generated the infographic below, with 35 tips for how to behave in international business settings to avoid an embarrassing faux pas that could put your business relationships on ice.


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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Doing business Internationally is immensely more complicated than this, but the infographic gives an idea of how different cultures tend to be. Looking into it before you head out is highly recommended.

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Converting customers to loyal followers will amplify returns.

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4 Countries That Are Leaving Silicon Valley In Their Tracks

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The U.S. tech industry would be wise to keep an eye on these countries' innovations--and learn a thing or two about thinking big.

Every few months there seems to be another region somewhere in the world that claims to be the next Silicon Valley. Sometimes the new high-tech hub is hyped up, but other times, it’s evident that there’s something special brewing.

These countries have digitized governments that will put our Healthcare.gov problems to shame, fast broadband Internet speeds beyond comparison, and instead of hookup apps, you’ll see innovations in energy alternatives. These are exactly the reasons why America’s magical tech land should keep its eyes on the countries below.

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Ideas and innovation are not just happening in the USA. All over the world talent is creating new ways to do things. Great to see what happens in other countries. Diversity is wonderful.

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Why is supporting a system of entrepreneurship important?

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Why is a support system for entrepreneurship needed?

Because starting something new and growing it is hard work, and essential to the vibrancy of the region. And, each region needs to play to its own special strengths.  In an open letter to President Obama on the founding of Startup America (one of the merged entities of UP Global meeting in Iowa’s Creative Corridor next week) Isenberg challenged the new team:

Entrepreneurship is hyper-local in that all “species” of entrepreneurs gather around extremely small “watering holes” to draw from the resources (people, ideas, capital, customers) they need to start up and grow. We can’t mass produce Silicon Valleys, and its venture capital model does not work in Tucson or Minneapolis. One size does not fit all, so you need to help each locale cultivate the ecosystem that best fits it.

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Great vision for creating a startup culture. This should be part of the curriculum of colleges and universities, even high schools. Our economic system is changing. Small business and startups are the future of innovation, job creation, and much more.

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'Don't F@#k Up the Culture.' Why you should never sacrifice culture for growth:

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This was VC Peter Thiel's one piece of advice to Airbnb after investing $150 million in the startup. Here's why he was right on.

This was a pretty great week. It may have had something to do with the fact that I got to walk along this beach at lunch, but mostly I think it was what I read in this Medium piece by Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky. The story is actually a staff note he made public because he thought it might be helpful to other entrepreneurs.

That makes him a nice guy, but it's not what made my day. The following did; it's a conversation Chesky had with venture capitalist Peter Thiel:

Midway through the conversation, I asked him what was the single most important piece of advice he had for us. He replied, "Don't f@#k up the culture." This wasn't what we were expecting from someone who just gave us $150M. I asked him to elaborate on this. He said one of the reasons he invested in us was our culture. But he had a somewhat cynical view that it was practically inevitable once a company gets to a certain size to "f@#k it up."

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Stay true to yourself, in other words. Peter Thiel invested in a company that is different. That's where he saw value, and that's his advice.

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