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Recent advancements in 3D-printing allow the Oregon company Icon Construction and Development to aim building homes within 12-24 hours for projects in other countries where homes at this construction speed and cost will be much valued.

Important to notice is also how increasingly more venture capital firms are investing in multinational innovation and recognizing the value of multicultural start-up founder teams.  History validates this strategy. More than 40% of Fortune 500 companies listed in 2017 were started by immigrant founders or their children. The Brookings Institution reported that this figure was more than half among the top 35 firms.

Data from the intercultural field shows that multicultural teams outperform homogeneous teams when the leader is able to lead across cultures and systems unlike his or her own.

Last week we shared Julie Yoder’s blog about helping non-native speakers participate in group conversations with confidence.  Stay tuned for more on this topic while we also start conversations about the importance and ways of integrating international diversity and markets for business growth and multicultural team performance.

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