About and Why
Sharing the experiences of a start-up in so-called ‘developing countries’ has always been a fun part within the challenges that such a venture includes.
Over the decades, many personal experiences had to be processed, a mother’s death or murder, health or politics. Those might find a new home sometimes, but till then I cannot get myself to delete or hide them. Since they have even less reason d’etre on WildFish or LinkedIn they stay here for now..
If you’re looking solely for business expertise ignore those. However, many are influenced by life as global citizen (except perhaps in “Demuth”). My gem-trader novels are inhabited by real people and situations experienced as an entrepreneur in wild and unregulated countries. Formally, the genre is called autobiographic fiction. *
The notation of ‘developing’ does not describe modern reality. Instead, the old 3rd World is using technology to leapfrog past the former masters, using digital tools in ways that are possible only in unregulated markets. Yes, they depend on technology invented elsewhere, but we won’t switch the networks off, even if we could. Why? Because there is no more we and them. It’s only us now.
Hundreds ifs, and buts, odds and details come to mind, yet they all crumble under analysis and the force of time, the eternal winner. Our digital future is inevitable. Only a meteor strike could stop the world from turning. No pandemics, not global warming, less any politicians can stand in its way for long. Some scenarios we fear most, but appear inept to stop, will even hasten progress, terrible as that sounds and will be. Ever since one of our ancestors counted beyond his ten fingers, the human future was sealed.
BUT: How that future will look like depends entirely on us. This shall be our topic.
I will report from the edges of globalization, help those who want in and those who want out, I’ll find local and global heroes, bash ignorance and laziness wherever possible, encourage managers and consumers judging right from wrong as they gaze down a products’ supply-chain.
We will develop digital opportunities for market entries, identify local products to go global, discuss logistic challenges, teaching how to work around cultural differences and using local competence.
Learning from strategies gone wrong, we suggest using technology to garner worldwide attention, measuring local scale and scope, or support local companies to join the global stage through clever digital marketing.
This all, while respecting limited natural resources, treating humans and animals with fairness, distributing wealth according to personal abilities, not color, gender or blood-relation.
Edward Bristol, 03.2020
* Rule three for writers, especially young ones, is ‘stick to what you know’. True, it helps. However, describing something utterly out of range may be the final challenge. Describing how a medieval woman discovers her pregnancy in “Demuth” (p. 116-117) filled me and an eternity of work with existential despair. Those two pages took as long as several chapters in “Madagascar” or “Kenya”, which went smooth as cheese-creme-cake, no problems, only fun. In fact, I started those novels only as side-projects on weekends for a distraction of my brain while working on “Demuth”.