An Ethiopian Family's Journey of Entrepreneurship in the US
A Story of Determination, Resourcefulness, and Faith
Author(s): Yoni Medhin

Experience the life story of a child of immigrants, from escaping war-torn Ethiopia to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the US.

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ISBN 9781915734266
  Pages 350

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What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur in the US?

Through reflective narrative, Yoni Medhin documents his father’s traumatic upbringing in war-torn Ethiopia, and escape to the US. Medhin tells the inspirational story of his discovery of personal validation and purpose at the Colorado School of Mines, and how he established his first business, Grain4Grain.

This book explores the successes and challenges Yoni and his co-founder faced in establishing their business, from discovering the necessary technology, to making a critical pivot during the covid pandemic, to closing the business and consolidating their learnings for future ventures. It details the development of Yoni’s family’s entrepreneurship, from barely making ends meet to launching successful health care services, real estate, and businesses.

A story of family, community, and identity, this book is ideal reading for students of Entrepreneurship and Business studies, Sociology, Migration, and Forced Migration Studies.

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Description

What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur in the US?

Through reflective narrative, Yoni Medhin documents his father’s traumatic upbringing in war-torn Ethiopia, and escape to the US. Medhin tells the inspirational story of his discovery of personal validation and purpose at the Colorado School of Mines, and how he established his first business, Grain4Grain.

This book explores the successes and challenges Yoni and his co-founder faced in establishing their business, from discovering the necessary technology, to making a critical pivot during the covid pandemic, to closing the business and consolidating their learnings for future ventures. It details the development of Yoni’s family’s entrepreneurship, from barely making ends meet to launching successful health care services, real estate, and businesses.

A story of family, community, and identity, this book is ideal reading for students of Entrepreneurship and Business studies, Sociology, Migration, and Forced Migration Studies.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Half Title
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication
  • viiiixContents
  • xiContent warning
  • xiixiiiLearning objectives
  • Introduction
  • Note on language
  • 1 The music man
  • 2 Ole cat eyes
  • 3 Light, bright, and almost white
  • 4 Oreo
  • 5 Pops’ blood
  • 6 Queens of the hill
  • 7 A shadow of myself
  • 8 Making do without
  • 9 The house on the hill
  • 10 Neecie
  • 11 Wild child
  • 12 Don’t trust that bitch
  • 13 One step forward
  • 14 Ole hot ass
  • 15 The traveling salesman
  • 16 Sissified
  • 17 White lies, dark secrets
  • 18 There’s no place like home
  • 19 Shit happens
  • 20 The secret inside her
  • 21 Dead or in jail
  • 22 A family of choice
  • 23 The wounds that won’t heal
  • 24 Blood is thicker
  • 25 Sins of the fathers
  • 26 All the dirt
  • 27 One last time
  • 235Suggested discussion topics
  • 236237Further reading
  • 238Index
Author Bio

Yoni Medhin is the Founder and CEO of Grain4Grain, an upcycling firm that uses innovative technologies to convert food manufacturing by-products into functional, healthy, and sustainable ingredients.

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