Zero to CEO: Building a Business in a War Zone with Mark McNamee

In this gripping episode of Zero to CEO, I delve into the remarkable journey of Mark McNamee, a daring entrepreneur who relocated to Kyiv, Ukraine, to establish the Ukraine Business Network. Against the backdrop of a war zone, Mark’s story unfolds as he navigates the challenges of starting a business without knowing the local language and with no initial income. Join us as we explore the essential skills needed to thrive in such demanding conditions, including adaptability, networking, and managing expectations. Mark also discusses his strategic approach to finding a niche in the market, the political and business implications of China’s ties with Russia, and his initiatives for workforce development in Ukraine. This episode is a deep dive into the courage and innovation required to contribute to a nation’s reconstruction while harnessing local talent to reform its business ecosystem.

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Jason Sherman