‘Globies’ Always Find a Way

by Ty Richardson


The “Global Tribe” of business leaders — the “globies” — always finds a way to succeed. We’re resilient and flexible to constantly adapt, and so we often thrive in the entrepreneurial world. Last month, I had the opportunity to attend one of Europe’s largest startup and technology conferences, Slush 2016. This event is hosted by more than 2,000 volunteers and brings in more than 17,000 participants! It was large and great!

This year with Slush 2016, as with every year, Helsinki, Finland, was abuzz with creative minds, business opportunities, innovative ideas and investment opportunities. Global Chamber® was “in the house!”

Meeting young, startup entrepreneurs who are changing the world with innovations brings new insight into global opportunities for me and my members. One such startup I came across is Kgoshigadi, a South Africa company that produces biodegradable sanitary pads. This innovative solution helps resolve a serious health issue and provides women in this market an affordable way to stay in school each month and reduce the number of school days missed each year. This is just one of the stories and innovative solutions I came across during Slush 2016.

This and other opportunities have taught me that the world around us is moving forward and problems are being solved every day. While there may still be a variety of positions and initiatives around the world that, in the short term, seem to inhibit global business, there are many more initiatives and programs out there that continue to build bridges and tunnels of commerce to connect nations, companies and people under the banner of global growth.

As we look forward to 2017 with the team, members, partners and affiliates we’ve amassed over the past year, we are excited about global potential. “Globies” will always find a way to work with people of, and in, every country of the world to meet needs and grow trade. We are global and unstoppable.

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