Last years I surprisingly revealed many global IT market players that come from ex USSR. Among them are Valentin Gapontsev from IPG Photonics, Sergey Belousov from Parallels, Stepan Pachikov from EverNote. They created first-rated companies.
Not so far I was interested in their way, how they did it.
Stepan Pachikov gives an interesting story in the article series:
In the series many other names are mentioned.
I also saw his interview in "One-storied America" by Vladimir Pozner.