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The Brazilian Dream: How I left my Finance Job in London and became an Entrepreneur in Brazil [Kindle Edition]

Raphael Rottgen
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Book Description

I did not come to Brazil on a company posting. I did not even come here because of a woman. My story is different: I made an independent, unforced, conscious, some say rebellious, decision to leave my finance job in London and become an entrepreneur in São Paulo.

How I arrived at the decision to move to an emerging market; why I chose Brazil over China, India and Russia, after visiting all of them; how I started a company in Brazil from scratch; how I learned how to handle dating Brazilian women, how I met Brazil’s president Lula – all this and more is what this story is about.

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About the Author

Raphael A. Rottgen is German by birth, a global wanderer by spirit and Brazilian by choice. He studied at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and worked in finance around the world before leaving his profession to become an entrepreneur in Brazil.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468135678
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 1 edition (23 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085XYISY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Brazilian Dream is not your typical story inspirational story of entrepreneurship with daring risks taken against the odds. In fact, it's not inspirational at all due to the thoroughly privileged life, education and financial position Rottgen is starting from. I could be wrong but I don't think someone in the top 5% of earners deciding to relocate to another country makes them the "Original emigrant"? Rottgen does face a number of challenges during the read such as whether to sell his apartment in Covent Garden? And what type of visa to allow him to stay in Brazil but these are generally solved with money. If you're already rich and looking for a change then this book is definitely for you!

Rottgen is clearly and intelligent person who has put a lot of thought into his business venture and there are a few nuggets of information relevant to someone looking to start a business in Brazil. However, if this is your reason for considering the purchase then you're better off spending your time on Google. One for the recycling bin in my opinion.
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This book is fantastic.

The Brazilian Dream by Raphael Rottgen instils hope for the average office worker in this gloomy economic time, exploring a business man's successful career in finance and development into an entrepreneur in an honest and methodical approach. It is admirable that Rottgen's account of his career and experiences are delivered in a modest manner unlike many other self made Entrepreneur books on the market with emphasis on the thought process one should consider when deciding to move abroad, be it to set up a business or to simply transfer offices to a new geographical location.

Whilst this book walks through the career of Rottgen it also discusses relationships, anecdotes from travels and an insight into social scenes across the globe coupled with the highs and lows of careers. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to pursuit an adventure such as moving abroad (to any location) or for anyone considering the realms of entrepreneurship and the opportunities that emerging markets can present- in Brazil and beyond.
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Raphael Rottgen provides an interesting story of how he analysed his options for starting a new entrepreneurial life in an emerging market. You are shown the reasons why Brazil is such a compelling story right now.

This is however more than just wanderlust this is one mans attempt to minimise the chance of failure and play to win in the complex world of Brazilian business.

Raphael talks about the practical roadblocks that get in the way and also the emotional feelings that have to be navigated. In this book he draws your attention to the factors that can help or hinder an expatriot's adjustment to a new life in Brazil. Each chapter reveals a little more as Raphael recounts the experiences he has had on this journey.

I recommend this book to anyone who is considering relocation to another country not just Brazil.
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