"How should I protect my idea?" This is a question discussed a lot amongst investors and founders and my take is that the value gained when getting feedback from likely and unlikely peeps is worth much more than safe guarding your business idea. Most probably the pain you are looking to solve has been identified by others and … Continue reading Focus on execution, ideas are not worth much
When talking to investors, corporates and media in the west about working in MENA they tend to be curious and keen to hear more about the growing opportunities, players and market structures. Ironically when talking to people in the region about my excitement about the growing tech opportunities, they often ask the same question - … Continue reading Why tech in MENA?
The definition of Work Life Balance is different for entrepreneurs and lines are blurred. Therefor spending my birthday on stage in Beirut for the last YMEstartup event was awesome, ironic and illustrative. The setting was spectacular in the garden at Beirut Digital District overlooking the Blue Mosque, a busy high way and sky rises under … Continue reading Busting Buzzwords in Birthday Beirut
I’m baffled by the amount of startups in the Middle East that ask for 1m dollars with a valuation of 10m dollars! How is it possible that everyone (yes I’m exaggerating to make a point) regardless of sector, market, potential or margin all need the same amount? I mean I get it – when there … Continue reading The Conveyor Belt Paradox
The magic of Beirut is palpable… contagious passion for life, work and play, the strong allure of aubergine, sparkling eyes and hairy chests. What’s not to love? In the tech startup scene this is truer than ever and it was a treat to start planning the grand finale of the YMEstartup road show. Seems I … Continue reading A strong allure of Aubergine
In the absence of a crystal ball, I prefer to engage with the positive narrative Seeing the pyramids is like meeting Santa Claus... Something magical I’ve lived with all my life but never known if they existed… It was the best Saturday in awhile – spent by the Nile with Wael Fakharany, planning how we … Continue reading Seeing the pyramids is like meeting Santa