A Glimpse Into Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley

Last month I attended Unleash, a global innovation lab in Shenzhen, China. The purpose was to create solutions related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Overall it was an incredible experience. Shenzhen is the home to startups in China and is one of the largest economic hubs in the world. For context, Unleash is an … More A Glimpse Into Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley

The Tech Boom Boosting Bosnia’s Economy

Rebuilding an economy after war requires a range of institutions including, Government, business, Not For Profits and civil society to work together. For Bosnia and Herzegovina, some institutions have been more effective than others. Tourism has become a key growth industry with people from around the world coming to Mostar and Sarajevo to learn about … More The Tech Boom Boosting Bosnia’s Economy

4 Ingredients That Put Barcelona On The Startup Map

The culture of Barcelona draws people from around the world. With incredible buildings, great food and amazing night life, Barcelona attracts 32 million tourists per year. With a population of approximately 1.6 million people, the streets are an endless stream of foreign selfie takers and food connoisseurs.  Barcelona is also home to La Sagrada Familia … More 4 Ingredients That Put Barcelona On The Startup Map

5 Portuguese Lessons for Building a World Class Startup Ecosystem

On the streets of Portugal you would never really know that under 10 years ago they were bailed out by the European Union during the peak of the global financial crisis. People seem happy and when you look at the numbers, it tells a compelling story of growth. Portugal’s unemployment rate has fallen from 17.4% … More 5 Portuguese Lessons for Building a World Class Startup Ecosystem

No Free Work: How a Business Became the Face of Freelance Equality

Where do the bounds of social and environmental issues start and end? For some, it is addressing climate change. For others, it is reducing poverty. However, in some cases it can be more nuanced. What happens when a business engages freelancers on an ongoing basis and doesn’t pay them for their services under the guise … More No Free Work: How a Business Became the Face of Freelance Equality

Latvia’s Innovative Approach to Economic Growth

On the world map, Latvia is located on the east coast of the Baltic Sea and has almost 2 million inhabitants. This is about half the size of Melbourne in Australia! It is nestled in the Baltic states between Estonia and Lithuania and they all have one thing in common. Their populations have all been declining … More Latvia’s Innovative Approach to Economic Growth