Often, we ponder over the possibility [and futility] of embedding ourselves into another culture. Like immigrants off the boat, eking out a living from humble roots means a multitude of trials and mistakes await our aspirations. When we meet the natives, no one seems to have a clue of the history of their kind and any strange cultural nuances to be encountered…
This is pretty much what happens when east meets west, or vice versa. Language barriers, religious practices, climate and trade restrictions are the norm when companies are attempting to gain a foothold while contemplating a presence in a foreign country. It seems the key lies in having a local professional with the business intelligence and savvy to make the marriage work.
This is the cause I had taken upon myself since a few years back, and over time, assembled a team of mentors situated in various Asian countries to facilitate the bridging of business opportunities, as well as a small club [now numbering 27,000 members] of value-added suppliers and SMBs keen to team up and handle what each country needs.
hence, for those who are looking to tap the huge new market in Asia, I have built www.CatalystConnector.com, which is designed to place your business needs and services out there in the Asian markets.
Drop in, sign up, and post up your skills or solutions. We’ll attempt to match your business with the right projects, and likely, save you the angst of a painful belly landing [ouch].
good luck! stay connected!