All-American Dream Date

I went on a date with a Moldovan girl last spring and could not get over what happened. The realization I came to that night has stuck with me for the past eight months. It shined a great light on the cultural perception of the United States and what we embody as Americans to the…

Merry Orthodox Christmas!

As a member of the steering committee and mentor for Diamond Challenge Moldova, a business competition for high school entrepreneurs, I made this video to not only wish all participants a Merry Orthodox Christmas but also to give them some words for encouragement heading into 2014. Baftă!    

From Italy with Love

Business development is one of the most difficult obstacles Moldova must tackle in today’s unstable environment. Approximately 45% of Moldovans currently work abroad, due to a lack of employment opportunities in country, and transmit remittances home to help support their families. In 2012, remittances totaled a whopping 38% of GDP, which is the second largest…

3 Essentials of a Great Counterpart

Working in a different country and culture, especially given the socioeconomic landscape of Moldova, provides many challenges. Over the 18 month span of living and working abroad, I have encountered a diverse group of businessmen, entrepreneurs, government officials, volunteers, teachers, and students to partner with. Many have looked for the easiest route to success, yet…

Thanksgiving Abroad

Another year down in Moldova and yet another year of missing one of my favorite American traditions and holidays: Thanksgiving. Nothing makes me feel closer to (or further from) home than the Thanksgiving parties I normally have with the Millers and Purtells. I cannot wait to reunite with you all this summer and hope that…

Thinking Inside the Box

After presenting my Romanian version of the Lean Canvas at the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week in Moldova, I darted over to Innovation Weekend organized by Junior Achievement and directed by fellow Peace Corps volunteers Laura Demmel, Matt Rutter, and Julie Carter. Innovation Weekend was a business model competition created to teach high school students from across the nation…

Cum să Creați un Lean Canvas

Planul de afaceri perfect este un mit. Scopul lui este de identifica un plan de realizare a ideii înainte de a pierde toate resursele. Nu elaborați doar ideea și uitați de ea ca de un raport de 20 de pagini. Construiți ipoteze, ieșiti in teren, și testați ideea dvs. Bine ați venit la Lean Canvas!…