Frank Lavin was known as America's "Salesman-in-Chief" when he served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that capacity, he supervised U.S. export promotion activity and worked with over two thousand small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop their export strategies. He continues to work with companies on market entrance and international challenges as chairman of Edelman's Public Affairs Practice in the Asia Pacific Region. Recently he established Export Now (www.ExportNow.com) to help companies use the Internet to export to China. He previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Singapore and worked in banking and management positions in Asia after having served in the Reagan White House and NSC as well as the Commerce Department in both Bush administrations. Mr Lavin has written articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
Peter S. Cohan is president of Peter S. Cohan & Associates, a management consulting and venture capital firm founded in 1994. In the course of more than 150 consulting projects, he has helped governments and businesses to identify, evaluate, and profit from growth opportunities that spring from new technologies. Three of his portfolio companies were sold for a total of $2 billion. Cohan has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, NPR's Marketplace, and FoxBusiness, and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Fortune. He's the author of nine previous books, including Capital Rising: How Capital Flows Are Changing Business Systems All Over the World, coauthored with Srini Rangan, which Choice called "groundbreaking"; and You Can't Order Change: Lessons from Jim McNerney's Turnaround at Boeing which was ranked the number one business book by Achievemax in 2009. Mr Cohan teaches business strategy to undergraduate and graduate students at Babson College.