Paula Thomson

Mariana Costa Checa standing next to Mark Zuckerberg and Obama (U.S. Embassy Lima)

Her cameo with Obama and Zuckerberg makes a whole country proud...

Mariana Costa Checa of Laboratoria discussed her company in front of cameras with President Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Flowers and the message ‘RIP to our Dutch Friends’ written on traditional Dutch footwear sitting atop bushes in front of the Netherlands Embassy (© AP Images)

Remembering the victims on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

The international community remembers those who were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
Daryola Brandon posing for photo wearing rock-climbing gear (Courtesy of Daryola Brandon)

This Surinamese student plans to be amazing

Daryola Brandon was selected as one of the first group of students from Suriname to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Youth Ambassadors Program.
People sitting at desks and working on their computers (© AP Images)

Boost your chances of startup success with these experts’ advice [video]

A panel of experts on business success answered questions from around the world, starting with tips on increasing your startup's exposure.
Diagram of computer converting eye movement into speech (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Could an app help the speechless communicate? This Trinidadian thinks so.

After strokes or head trauma, patients can have difficulty communicating with their caretaker. This entrepreneur is working on an app to give them a voice.
Triston Thompson speaking at lectern (Courtesy of IntellectStorm)

Meet the man behind the ‘Google of Guyana’

How do you get the word out about a mobile app in an area where IT hasn't caught on? This entrepreneur of entrepreneurs can tell you.
Young woman sitting at desk in office (Shutterstock)

5 tips for starting a business

When you're developing a new project or venture, it's important to consider a range of things, from timing to planning to hiring.
Illustration of people fitting large square peg with lightbulb imprint into hole (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

How to make sure your startup idea fits the market

Figuring out if your product or service satisfies a need in the market is the first step to building a successful venture. Here are four tips.
Man wearing hard hat turning valve on pipeline (© AP Images)

Ukraine focuses on energy diversification

By diversifying its energy sources, Ukraine is establishing economic freedom from Russia and becoming more competitive in the global market.