The Bulletproof Entrepreneur with Chi Odogwu
About This Show
Inspiring Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets share their stories about overcoming adversity, building businesses, changing lives and transforming their communities. Listen and learn from their insights, strategies, tricks, tips and tactics. Find out how they were able to use unconventional approaches to tackle unique situations, challenge the status quo, come back from failure all while refusing to quit in spite of insurmountable odds.
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How A Daring Entrepreneur Turned $400 Into $200 Million With Paul Oberschneider
In today's episode, we’re talking to Paul Oberschneider the author of the new book "Why Sell Tacos In Africa" and the Founder of the Ober-Haus Group. Paul turned a little three-week allowance of $400 into a business empire valued at over $200 million over a period of 18 years in Central and Eastern Europe. His life story is a testament to the spirit of entrepreneurship and capitalism. Using the skills and resources he had available and thanks to a bit of serendipity, Paul met a young Russian named Sergei at the famous square in Tallin, Estonia who made an unusual request. Sergei asked Paul if he could put together a business plan for the purpose of obtaining a bank loan. Paul wrote the business plan, and to their mutual surprise, Sergei got the loan. Word quickly spread, and pretty soon Paul had made over $100,000 over a three month period writing business plans for various people and organizations. Riding on the back of the success of his business plan writing service, Paul parlayed his capital into other ventures ranging from Real Estate development, Hospitality, Financial Services and Retail and Consumer products. Along the way, he met several interesting characters and had many hair-raising experiences including being held up at gunpoint by a pair of Russian gangsters asking for a piece of his business. Ever the creative problem solver, Paul was able to resolve many issues simply by applying his creativity and intuition to problems as they arose. Though he’s a firm believer in having a strategic and tactical approach to doing business, he credits a large part of his success to being at the right place at the right time. After selling his businesses in a presciently shrewd maneuver at the beginning of the financial crisis of 2008, Paul admits to taking his eyes off the ball and not focusing on the important things. He then decided to get back in the game of business by becoming a private investor and mentor to startups founders in the Oxford area of the United Kingdom. He has also written a new book “Why to Sell Tacos In Africa” which chronicles his adventures over the past 25 y
Rated 5 out of
Excellent podcast. Nice to hear some startup stories from the other side of the world. keep up the good work.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 4 out of
Great job Chi
My man. Proud of you . This is a great start and can only get better
Date published: 2014-08-09