In countries all over the world, there are great young entrepreneurs with brilliant SMEs who aspire to expand to the USA and the UK
I’m happy. I’m flying. I’m on a plane from Madrid to London, observing the clouds below me and thinking about the place I left a few hours ago, Oviedo, 39000 feet below me. Instead of flying one short 90 minute non-stop flight, I’m making a connection that involves “going backwards”
Do first impressions lie? On paper, the company looked impressive. Out of the six potential partners that we’d shortlisted, and that I’d travelled to Mumbai to meet, this one looked the best on paper. Rajesh, the young CEO who came to meet me at my hotel looked the part too – immaculately dressed, well spoken, and clearly well organised, as he laid out paperwork and photos on the table in front of us.
Another tale from my travels — learning important lessons about international business, the hard way I wasn’t expecting to find my…