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  1. Indiegogo's global reach: "If we're limiting ourself to the US, we're not providing access to capital for all"

    Crowd funding company Indiegogo recently announced it was launching a Spanish-lanuage version of the site, which may not be the world's most exciting news. But what is pretty cool is how global Indiegogo has become -- largely without serving other languages, other currencies, or having a single employee on the ground outside of the United States. To wrap up our June focus on the Art of Going Global, I chatted with Indiegogo co-founder and CEO Slava Rubin about how exactly he pulled that off.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  2. The business cloud: Going global from the start

    If you are a business-to-business (B2B), software-as-a-service (SaaS) entrepreneur, the world is your market. Gone are the days when a company launched in the US, and waited 10 years before expanding overseas. Today, many American entrepreneurs think globally from the start. In fact, many of the pitches we have seen in the last year at Emergence Capital include some kind of international strategy, which is not surprising giving the noticeable change in global outlook among US CEOs. According to a recent PricewaterhouseCooper's study, almost 40 percent of US CEOs intended to complete a cross-border deal in 2012, compared to 25 percent in 2011.

    By Jason Green , written on

    From the News desk

  3. Why Israel should reconsider too much high-fiving over Waze

    Earlier this week our wonderful contributor from Israel, Mick Weinstein, wrote a story about a new fund launching and he lead with this: While the Israeli startup community basks in the glow of Waze’s recent $1.1 billion sale to Google, most of the discussion has focused on how Waze validates Israel’s effort to create hugely valuable, globally scaled consumer internet services — a relatively new field for an ecosystem that previously excelled in semiconductors and enterprise software. I have no doubt that's what people are saying but….um…what?

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Global womens e-tailer Modnique acquires TOTSY to expand into kids

    For most ecommerce companies, international expansion is an afterthought until well into establishing a successful business. Prevailing wisdom is that it’s imperative to achieve product-market fit – which for those in the fashion category means building a compelling brand, honing merchandising, and developing a sustainable business model – before attempting to duplicate this success across multiple markets. Apparently, not everyone agrees. Los Angeles-based Modnique took the complete opposite approach, launching from day one in multiple countries, and yet, somehow, created what looks to be a successful business in the process. The company’s name is even international, as a play off “modnik,” the Russian word for fashionista.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Why the "Steve Jobs of China" is crucial to the country's innovative future (Book excerpt)

    What follows is an excerpt from my new ebook "Beta China: The Dawn of an Innovation Generation," which is the result of a reporting trip to China last year. The book is now on sale via Amazon and Apple for the princely sum of $1.99.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Confused by China? Download Hamish McKenzie's new eBook right this second

    When I hired Hamish McKenzie last year he told me he already had plans to spend the summer in China. "Maybe you could write an ebook about your experience," I suggested.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  7. SMS with videos: Invi's visual take on the mobile messaging craze

    In our PandoWeekly interview the other day, Kik founder Ted Livingston said that he believes messaging is the killer app on mobile. Indeed, messaging apps are taking over the world, so much so that Facebook felt compelled to create a “apperating system,” Home, that put messaging front and center. Just look at the numbers: China’s WeChat claims 400 million users; WhatsApp has 250 million; Line has topped 150 million; Nimbuzz has more than 150 million; KakaoTalk has 90 million; and Kik has 60 million. And that’s to say nothing of Tango, Just.me, MessageMe, Viber, Pinger, Hike, and probably several hundred others that launched in the last 20 minutes.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  8. "Either you will be a global company, or you won't be a company"

    Our PandoMonthly with Fred Wilson was one of our most popular so far, and it was brought to you by Smartling -- a company that makes it possible to adapt your website into multiple different languages and manage all those versions quickly and easily.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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