Interview with international Entrepreneurs: Introduction

This interview project is inspired by my experience of the entrepreneurship course that is offered this fall. Throughout the course, we were working in a small “company teams” and trying to come up with a need and a corresponding solution for Oberlin sophomores. Bara (our instructor) led us to go through all the basic steps and tools that are useful for a start-up business in real-life. However, during my time working with my team, I came to see that there is probably a lot of things that we have missed out or can be digging deeper into. It made me wondered about how did the actual entrepreneurs start their business. I wanted to know their motivation, their vision for the company, the problems they encounter and the highlights they enjoy. I am also curious about their opinions on and advice for young/students who want to start their own business.

Therefore, hoping that I can get some helpful information that is worth sharing with my fellow Oberlin students, I reached out to the entrepreneurs from my own country, China and did one in-depth and four brief interviews with them. In order to make up for that fact that all of my interviewee’s companies are, at least initially, China-based, I tried to diversify the interviewees by selecting entrepreneurs coming from different age groups, different education backgrounds, engaged in different business sectors and their business are all in different stages of development.

Hope this is useful to y’all! If you have any further question or want to get in touch with any of the entrepreneurs, feel free to leave a comment or email me at ylu3@oberlin.edu.

One comment

  1. Did you find an big differences among the people you interviewed?

    You are right, the class was a very brief “taste” of the entrepreneurial process. And it should be noted, based on the type of business and the entrepreneur themselves, the experience of starting an enterprise can vary greatly. The skills to be successful, however are often the same – understanding the customer, identifying a need or demand for a product or service, testing it before spending huge amounts of money, revising to improve the idea and better meet the customer demand….understanding costs and potential revenues. Whether in China or the US these items are key.

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