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Why Should I Join?

If you’re approved as a member, then you’re obviously good at what you do. Don’t hide it. Get noticed. Broaden your network. Get answers and insight that few have access to. Advance your career. Make money if you wish to consult. Establish a stream of residual income. Like anything, the more you participate and contribute, the more you will get back.

 

Can I Find Business Or Employment Through Ibg?

Yes. Members are clearly asking for advice and help. Often times this will lead to a consulting engagement or even employment.

 

Why Is There A Fee?

While we would like to be able to provide this service for free, there are three reasons we must charge.

  • There is a cost to the underlying platform. We are working to recoup the cost of that platform such that we can continue to provide the service.
  • A fee, even a small one like ours, helps to prevent spam and intrusion.
  • By charging a fee, we are deliberately attempting to dissuade undesirables from wanting to join. While we don’t like the way this sounds it is important – if the fee we charge is too expensive, this organization is probably not right for you.

 

What Is The Difference Between Ibg And Linkedin Or Facebook?

There are some similarities. However, IBG is a private network of independent contractors that, by virtue of having become a member, have agreed to abide by strict terms and conditions. Furthermore, unlike LinkedIn, a virtual organization, project or team can be created in an instant. Other members can be contracted in minutes. Projects can be managed. Revenue can be shared. Ongoing income can be earned from profit sharing.

There is obviously more, but to get to the point, IBG is a platform exclusively for trusted individuals where you can get meaningful information, find projects, resources to staff projects and manage projects – all in one place.

 

What Is The Difference Between Private Organizations Such As The World Affairs Council, Chatham House, Council On Foreign Relations, And Others?

There are several major differences. These organizations require you to attend meetings, forums, dinners, and events to receive relevant data – although some have online libraries. These events tend to be local and not global in nature. The organizations typically have speakers present information that may or may not be relevant and are more often than not “interesting” but not actionable to day-to-day business. This is not to take away from any of these organizations. These are terrific organizations that our founders and many of our associates belong to.

 

Can I Trust The Other Members?

Yes, good people tend to associate with and other good people. Even so, we still vet every recommended associate, so we would like to think so. However, we always encourage the old adage “trust but verify.” In fact, if you want to use IBG to verify advice received elsewhere, that too would be great. Always, always use your best judgment. Of course, if you find that a member has violated your trust or is somehow not worthy (or even dangerous) to have as part of IBG, we want to know about it. Our goal is to keep this community as credible and meaningful as possible.

 

Why Was Ibg Formed?

We had a personal and professional need. Each of our founders has found themselves in situations where they were looking for answers about a country, an issue, a company, travel plans, contacts or assistance but could not readily find suitable answers. In spite of having great alumni networks and friends around the world, we were often left frustrated in finding good actionable information. Having stumbled across a common need, we felt there must be a way to link other global executives so that we could aid one-another in advancing our businesses, solving problems, getting out of trouble or just getting a good lay of a business or political landscape from the people in country and in the industry that know best.

We want the facts from the source. One can read The Economist, watch CNN or the BBC, but if you can get the real story from the same people that provide the information to these news outlets, why wouldn’t you – and unfiltered?

Most people are genuinely and willing to help. However, we have found from experience that the best advice often comes from a peer. Each of the founders has provided and received good guidance in the past. We know that most business executive are like us – happy to provide help when asked and grateful to receive real-world answers when in need.

We’re interested in such information – its a personal passion. We find conversations about international business and the international political economy of interest. Our goal in putting together IBG is to join like-minded experienced global executives for an exchange of ideas, concepts and actionable information that is relevant to our daily business lives in a way that is both enjoyable and rewarding.

How does IBG make money?

If we are successful in building relationships and generating business for our members, IBG is able to profit (and to contribute to profit-sharing). Otherwise, the subscription fee covers our technology costs along with the administrative aspects of the service.

 

Who is backing you?

Just the founders. We felt it was important enough to create and keep true to its mission, so we have not accepted any outside investors.

 

What problem is IBG solving?

Whether your question is about collecting bad debt in Brazil, getting colleagues out of harm’s way or managing a winter supply chain in Scandinavia, getting answers to these real world issues is difficult.  Our founders have had to deal with these real-world scenarios and, before IBG, wished we could have found a reputable counterpart that could provide answers from their real-world experiences, help you avoid pitfalls, advance ahead of your competition and do so at the click of a button.

From the toughest geopolitical challenges to the specific business questions, our goal is to provide a place where our members can find credible answers and possibly even assistance from reliable sources like you.

 

Are Their Business Reasons I Should Join?

Yes… very much so and you should expense the cost. Here are the reasons:

  • This is one of the only place you can network, privately and confidentially, with senior business professionals from around the world.
  • Members provide each other with actionable intelligence about markets, governments, companies and other topical matters.
  • Make connections with other senior level colleagues that can help further your business & career.
  • Most certainly, the contacts and information provided will provide you with an edge over your competition.
  • If researching topics, policies, or other issues, IBG and its members can prove a valuable & reliable resource for answers.
  • Business leaders will find new opportunities or ways to prosper that were once impossible or difficult (costly) to find.

What is the Platform?

The Platform provides a secure, private network for IBG. Our platform empowers our users to be more productive and successful by enabling you to collaborate easily, make smarter decisions faster, and self-organize into teams to take on any business challenge. The solution provides a way of working that naturally drives personal and business alignment, engages members, and improves relationships.

 

What problem is IBG solving?

Whether your question is about collecting bad debt in Brazil, getting colleagues out of harm’s way or managing a winter supply chain in Scandinavia, getting answers to these real world issues is difficult.  Our founders have had to deal with these real-world scenarios and, before IBG, wished we could have found a reputable counterpart that could provide answers from their real-world experiences, help you avoid pitfalls, advance ahead of your competition and do so at the click of a button.

From the toughest geopolitical challenges to the specific business questions, our goal is to provide a place where our members can find credible answers and possibly even assistance from reliable sources like you.

 

What if I’m not tech-savvy?

Not to worry. Most of us are not tech-savvy either. Honestly, if we can use the site you can too. Frankly, if you have found us and have completed the request to join, you can use the platform and more. In the event you need assistance, send us an email at info@internationalbusinessgroup.com and we will get back to you right away.

 

What if I don’t want to be “out on the web” – I’m a very private person?

As this is not a public social site, your profile is only visible to members and only after they enter the password protected site.

Many of our members are executives of high-powered organizations that do not want to be seen answering or asking a question that might indicate the direction their company is going.  You create your own profile and are welcome to divulge as much or as little information as you desire.

What are you going to do with my data?

Nothing. Your data is your data. Please see the terms and conditions that speak to this if you have further questions. In short, it is legal jargon to say we hold your personal data private and confidential.

 

You mention the Chatham House Rule, what is that?

“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the contributor(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed”.
IBG and its members are obliged to treat all information shared or gleaned from the network under the Chatham House Rule.

 

What are the benefits of using the Chatham House Rule?

It allows people to speak as individuals, and to express views that may not be those of their organizations, and therefore it encourages free discussion. People usually feel more relaxed if they don’t have to worry about their reputation or the implications if they are publicly quoted.

 

How is the Chatham House Rule enforced?

IBG can take disciplinary action against one of its members who breaks the Rule up to and including expulsion from IBG.