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From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places Hardcover – September 8, 2015
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A foreign policy/business expert examines how entrepreneurs in developing countries are revolutionizing 'business, investment, economics, politics, and society.'
The author uses her uniquely bifurcated vision to explore how entrepreneurs in non-Western countries are overcoming obstacles generally unknown to Western entrepreneurs and to show how the next Steve Jobs will likely not be an American.
Throughout this eye-opening and informative book, Bayrasli offers fascinating insight into how hardship and marginalization may prove to be even greater "mothers of invention" in the 21st century than First World social and economic privilege. A sharp, thought-provoking study.” Kirkus Reviews
"[An] absorbing debut...Bayrasli does an admirable job of showcasing these pioneers and arguing that, despite their challenges, the next big breakthrough will come from them or someone like them, not from Silicon Valley.” Publishers Weekly
Bayrasli's tightly written, engrossing book jumps right to the important point: entrepreneurship isn't limited to what Silicon Valley can create and spread This fact-filled, hopeful book will be a boon to future-business-minded readers and a wake-up call to those thinking the U.S. holds the reins of creating new growth.” Booklist
Refreshing. Bayrasli has an eye for arresting scenes. Her book reveals common characteristics. Entrepreneurs in far-flung places often have an American education. And they are able to tap into a burgeoning global network of venture-capital investors focused on the emerging world.” The Economist
Meet seven entrepreneurs who have persisted and prevailed despite difficult circumstances (including outright harassment) in order to achieve success in some of the most corrupt corners of the world . By conveying the ingenuity, courage and smarts of these entrepreneurs, Elmira Bayrasli shows us people can thrive and create opportunities for others even in the most hostile and difficult situations.” SUCCESS Magazine
A well-written, completely spot on analysis about how the quality of the business climate needs to be improved in emerging economies, and about how much potential for entrepreneurship there is. If economists were to do nothing else but repeat this message, the quality and usefulness of our profession likely would rise dramatically.” Marginal Revolution
An interesting book Bayrasli reveals significant institutional obstacles that stand in the way of starting and sustaining new businesses in emerging markets, even in countries that officially aspire to modernization But the stories in this book demonstrate that talent and perseverance can overcome even formidable roadblocks. Reducing the barriers might unleash outstanding economic performance.” Foreign Affairs
Bayrasli (cofounder, Foreign Policy Interrupted) tells of seven innovators from across the globe in countries such as Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, and Turkey, and examines how they handled the risks associated with doing business in these nations. Dangers include lack of capital, infrastructure, and business networks. Corruption and red tape are also significant factors... Potential entrepreneurs will find the stories inspirational and will be encouraged to follow their dreams regardless of the circumstances.” Library Journal, Starred Review
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