In this episode, I sit down with Andrew P. Rowan, author of Startup Vietnam: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Socialist Republic. In this interview, we dive into what it means to do business in a culture that’s different from your own and what entrepreneurs need to know before taking their business far from home.
Andrew P. Rowan is an American entrepreneur who has lived and worked in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang since 2013. As the founder and director of GKTA Group, he established a partnership with the Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), which accelerates growth for startups originating in Vietnam, with support from the governments of Vietnam and Finland. A leading expert on entrepreneurship, startups, and economic development, Andrew has collaborated on innovation initiatives in Vietnam with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, as well as with Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology. He graduated with honors from Sacred Heart University and holds a master’s degree in international business from Hult International Business School.