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Chapter 2. The Commerce Value Chain > Doing Business Internationally

Doing Business Internationally

One of the most revolutionary things about the Internet is the way it brings people and organizations together around the world. For someone in Cambridge, Massachusetts, there is very little apparent difference between communicating with someone in New York City and with someone in Bombay, India, except possibly the available network bandwidth and a slight difference in latency. This ability gives any online business the potential to reach customers around the world and to become a true international business.

International business issues, however, are not so simple. From the relatively straightforward problems of currency conversion, to the problems of presenting one's message in several languages, to the complexities of import/export laws and tariffs, there are a host of new problems to address.


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