Tag: Silicon Valley

9
Jun

Case Studies: Management skills for international entrepreneurs and executives in Silicon Valley

We work with international clients – executives and entrepreneurs – from a variety of countries. Here are a few, short business communications case studies showing what solutions we find when working on their particular communication skills. Go to our coaching page to find more descriptions. We approach each business client’s concerns on an individual basis and work with him/her to find

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4
Apr

8 ways for international startups to deliver a great investor pitch to VCs or Angels

A couple of weeks ago, I was working with a group of Spaniards who were coming to Silicon Valley to taste the air of entrepreneurship and start-ups in the hopes of getting inspired. I wanted to show them 8 ways to deliver a great investor pitch. They had prepared their 3 – 5 minute pitches based on the PPT I had

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13
Nov

Free the H-1Bs, Free the Economy – Vivek Wadhwa/August 2009

I just found this troublesome article [in TechCrunch] by  Vivek Wadhwa, who in other articles frequently points out to us that our immigrants, the ones who come here, get incredible degrees, found companies, develop patents, are now going home, back to their countries to live a life in a community that values them more. I present the article in its

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22
Jun

UBERGIZMO Silicon Valley’s Greatest Gadget Blog:Personal Interview

Yesterday (June 21, 2009), I had a chance to catch up with Eliane and Hubert, the Co-Founders of Ubergizmo, they are passionate about their business which came about – as many things do in Silicon Valley – by accident as they were developing their blog. Listen to hear more about their ideas and experiences (in French). “Voici l’interview avec Eliane

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18
May

Even though we need foreign-born professionals here in the US, the H-1B visa hounds are after them again.

Image via Wikipedia As Vivek Wadhwa said in Business Week, “For the third year running, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have taken aim at immigrant labor.”  It seems that both of these senators want to “reduce the abuse” of the high tech companies that hire cheaper, foreign labor in the place of more expensive, skilled American workers.

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15
Apr

Is Silicon Valley Experiencing a Brain Drain?

Image via Wikipedia For all the people who have been complaining…fearing… that foreigners take away jobs from Americans, you don’t have to worry this year and who knows about the years to come. According to Daya Baran, this year, 2009, the petitions that were received  filled only half of the 65,000 available visas. Why are skilled professionals moving out of

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12
Apr

Is the US making a mistake limiting H-1B visas?

Image by Pesky Library via Flickr The New York Times is currently featuring a series on skilled foreign-born workers and their limited access to H-1B visas. The Times raises the question whether these highly skilled foreign-born workers plus foreign students who have finished their degrees in US colleges should get some kind of permanent work status or have to leave

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4
Mar

Seesmic, CoolIris, Ubergizmo, l’Atelier Speak at Internationally Cool & Plugged In Event

 Eliane Fiolet, Hubert, Nguyen, Loic le Meur, Dominique Piotet, Soujanya Bumkhar and Angelika Blendstrup/Daniel Zimmerman, co-moderators, at last week’s event, “Internationally Cool and Plugged in.” Photos from Karsten Lemm 130 people attended the event held at Cooley Godward, Palo Alto sponsored by  GABA, the French American Chamber of Commerce and iHouse, UC Berkeley.

1
Mar

Loic le Meur (seesmic), Dominique Piotet (l’Atelier), Soujanya Bumkhar (cooliris), Hubert Nguyen & Eliane Fiolet (Ubergizmo)

On March 25th we had a funny, inspiring event at Cooley Godward in Palo Alto with a cool panel of entrepreneurs who are making their mark on Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. We are waiting for the video and will upload it next week. Some statements from the panel: Loic (Seesmic) when asked about his tag line:

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3
Jan

Can GOOG-411/US Conquer Foreign Accents?

Image via Wikipedia Can GOOG-411/US conquer foreign accents? Imagine an Indian, Frenchman or Chinese looking to call a local US business number using GOOG-411. Needless to say, it can become a very frustrating. If we think of a Chinese English speaker, who often doesn’t pronounce the consonants in the word or the endings, trying to get the number of, say,

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