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In this section, you can read about the spectrum of opportunities and obstacles facing global-minded entrepreneurs. Like the Internet fledglings of a decade ago, these company owners are working out the rules as they go, drawing lessons from failures and successes alike. They see the scale of battle growing, and they are girding for it. A single country cannot contain their ambitions. The world really is your oyster. Whether it produces pearls or just grit is up to you.
| MY AWAKENING
One day, you wake up and you realize you're part of a global market and you need to get smart.
| THE ASIAN COMPETITION
You can't avoid Asia's gazelles by staying home. They're intending to compete right here.
| HOW TO CALCULATE POLITICAL RISK
When you have operations overseas, local politics is your business.
| HOW I DID IT: HOWARD DAHL
Tales of a U.S. manufacturer in post-Soviet Russia.
| HOW TO GET STARTED
The big issues, from IP theft to corruption.
| HOW TO BE A LOCAL ANYWHERE
Step one: Get your American behind on a plane.
| HOW TO BUILD A GLOBAL NETWORK
Six people to call right now.
| ADJUSTING TO THE EUROPEAN MARKET
Sometimes, it's just a matter of size.
| SIX WAYS TO OPEN AN OFFICE
Meet the man who's tried them all.
| ...AND ONE WAY TO DO WITHOUT
This international sales team is deskless and happy.
| FULLY COMMITTED
Meet the future: Bülent Çelebi, a thoroughly Americanized entrepreneur reveling in the advantages of doing business from Istanbul.
| WHERE TO GET HELP
A look at development agencies around the globe.