October in Africa: Egypt stifles tech innovation, Google gets busy

The Next Web

Rumors have been swirling that Uber and regional equivalent Careem might be set to merge in Egypt, but it’s not going to happen. Meanwhile, Egypt’s ministry of finance has announced it now requires e-commerce companies to charge VAT of 14 percent, just like ordinary stores, while the country has also started enforcing a law that requires… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read more coverage about: Google.

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What do Egypt and Family Businesses Have in Common?

The Entrepreneurial Mind

James Barood with the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University's. Silberman College of Business offers some rather harsh words for family business patriarchs in a column at Business Insider: There are millions of Hosni Mubaraks. Most lead family businesses, not nations. Mubarak ruled over 80 million people, while these business founders may preside. over dozens, hundreds, or even thousands. Collectively, though, they may hurt as.

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More New Florence

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On the innovation blog Indonesia and volcanic power Hubble at 20 MIT Tech Review – Top 10 technologies More innovation from left field (from Egypt and Togolese Republic

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The Pharaohs of IBM

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One of the really nice things about an assignment in Saudi Arabia is its proximity to Egypt (or Misr in the Arabic/Semitic vernacular). It was a convenient weekend destination and I got to visit some of the pyramids. You quickly. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

The future "future of work"

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His sisters, each a year or two older had come back from similar trips to Portugal, Egypt and Turkey. John had just returned from a trip to Italy. His cousin was headed to Amsterdam today, and another was describing her.

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Please Help My Friend Colin Recover His Kidnapped Children #noorramsay

Both Sides of the Table

His wife created forged passports in a fake name and kidnapped his two children by illegally flying back to Cairo on Egypt Air. The problem is that Egypt doesn’t support the Hague Convention and doesn’t have an extradition policy with the United States so they don’t recognize any of the international legal rulings in Colin’s favor. Mirvat’s family is well connected in Egypt. I’ve never made a public appeal before.

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Bitcoin: things only grow this fast when something important is happening

The Equity Kicker

In around 2002 I was stuck in my hotel room in Egypt due to food poisoning and the only English TV available was an American business channel. Coindesk just published their quarterly ‘ State of Bitcoin ‘ presentation. This slide stood out for me: Looking at the massive year on year increases in most of these metrics I’m reminded of some wise words from Jeff Bezos.

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Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank

During his military career he served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian peninsula, Egypt, and the Horn of Africa. My guests this past week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Pete Newell , managing partner of BMNT Partners. John Kuhn , who works at BMNT Partners. Matt Weingart, program development manager in the Strategic Development Office at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Michelle Dale: Mother Of Three Takes Her Kids Around Europe On A Ten Year “Laptop Lifestyle” Trip Thanks To Her $30,000+ A Month Online Business

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

She sold everything she had, paid off all her debts and left the UK with £10,000, which she promptly lost on a property investment deal gone bad in Egypt. Michelle was "trapped" in Egypt due to not having enough money to leave, so began researching internet business options. She hacked together a website using Dreamweaver and Frontpage software, slowly built up her clientele and also met her future husband and became pregnant, all while living in Egypt for two years.

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[Review] Startup Rising


You’ll read, for example, of how Cairo, Egypt-based Ahmed Soliman started mobile geolocation social network CircleTie , how Lebanese-born, Saudi Arabia-bred Alex Tohme launched the region’s first underwear shopping e-commerce platform Amourah.com , or even about Zaytouneh , created by Jordanian Fida Taher as the world’s best resource on Middle Eastern cooking.

The 10 Greatest Social Entrepreneurs Of All Time


Early in his career, Ibrahim Abouleish was working in leading pharmaceutical firms in Europe, developing new treatments for osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis, but a trip to Egypt in the mid-’70s would change that. He would leave Europe and move back to Egypt, founding the development initiative SEKEM (Ancient Egyptian for “vitality from the sun”).

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American Censorship Day Is Tomorrow (11/16/11)

Feld Thoughts

To date, the Internet has been an incredible force for entrepreneurship and positive change throughout the world (did anyone notice what recently happened in Egypt?) There are two very disturbing bills making their way through Congress: Protect IP Act (PIPA - S.968 ) and Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA – H.R.3261 ). These bills are coated in rhetoric that I find disgusting since at their core they are online censorship bills.

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10 Entrepreneurs Reveal The Entrepreneurs They Consider To Be Successful and why


Donkey milk was a famous beauty treatment in ancient Egypt. In our societies and business, there’re entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptional personalities and demeanor to pull it through business.

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International Tourism Grew 4% In 2012: UNWTO


Results in the Middle East (-5%) improved after a 7-percent decline in 2011, yet the region recorded an estimated 3 million international tourist arrivals less in 2012 in spite of the clear recovery in Egypt. People are traveling more. International tourists grew around 4-percent in 2012 to reach 1.035 billion, according the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

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Episode 107: Is the Recession Over Yet? with James Coyle

Mike Michalowicz

He has worked with clients such as AT&T, the Governments of Indonesia and Egypt and the Washington public affairs firm of Cassidy and Associates. Foreign Service Officer, and served as the Agricultural Attaché to Egypt. He was also chief negotiator for the 1987 PL-480 agreement with Egypt. Also Available On. Show Summary. Today we talk with Jim Coyle on: “is the recession over yet?” ” Jim’s response may be a bit hard to hear, yet eyeopening.

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Sprint Like An Egyptian: A Tech Entrepreneurship Revolution in Alexandria


My client handled the whole thing with aplomb, fortified by a decade of immersion in the distinctive culture and language of Egypt and the Arab world. What the heck was I doing in Egypt anyway? Nevertheless, for those with the courage, resources and determination to succeed in this kind of environment, the opportunities for tech entrepreneurship in Egypt appear to be vast. Silicon Arabia has engineers in Russia as well as Egypt.)

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Most Overused Buzzword On LinkedIn Profiles? Creative.


Egypt: Multinational. If there’s one word most people describe themselves with professionally, it’s creative. At least, that’s the consensus from professional network LinkedIn, who found that the description topped the list of the most overused words and phrases in its member profiles for 2012. Here’s a quick look at what the 2012 No. 1 buzzwords for countries in which LinkedIn fielded this study: Australia: Creative. Brazil: Experimental. Canada: Creative.

Customer Tracking Made Easy With The Intelligent Crowd Counting AI Models


Journalism: 2013 saw one of the biggest uprisings in Egypt’s history when the citizens protested on the streets against their elected President, Mohammed Morsi. by Naveen Gattu , COO and co-founder of Gramener. Retail stores, libraries, museums, banks, and stadiums consume significant customer traffic every day. The business users are not concerned only about tracking their customers. Their safety is also an utmost priority. However, it is being proactively dealt with by placing cameras.

To Infinity and Beyond: How Entrepreneurism is Making Space Tourism Viable


Mesopotamian entrepreneurs prospered by expanding their landlocked trade routes east to the Indus Valley (modern-day India) and west to Egypt and beyond. by Joe Carlen, author of “ A Brief History of Entrepreneurship: The Pioneers, Profiteers, and Racketeers Who Shaped Our World “ Going back to the dawn of civilization, many entrepreneurs have sought their fortunes through adventures of exploration.

What Greek Startups Can Teach the World


I’ve had similar conversations about bringing entrepreneurship to Egypt, where starting a company is considered a low-class occupation. While some might question the sanity of an individual who decides to make Greek startups a cornerstone of a plan to spread entrepreneurship around the world, Gary Whitehill says the young, entrepreneurial tech startup economy taking hold there offers lessons for startups everywhere. Inspired by Riots.

4 Networking Tips for New Nonprofits

Up and Running

Take, for example, Habitat for Humanity in Egypt. Building a nonprofit from the ground up is a challenge. Newness creates a certain level of liability, which is evidenced by the fact that nonprofits—like startups—are more likely to fail closer to their founding. Staffing is another common concern; most nonprofits don’t have the budget to match salaries in the for-profit sector.

Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

How to Sell Your Roadmap Without Selling Your Soul

Both Sides of the Table

Well, I was going for the analogy of “my friend, have I got a deal for you” that you get at a bazaar in Egypt or a stall in Mexico. This is my third post in a series on Enterprise Software. In part one I covered the need for early-stage enterprise software companies to build up professional services staff to ensure successful implementation projects. This goes against the conventional wisdom of VCs.

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Here’s What’s Driving Collaborative Consumption and Where the Market May Head Next

Both Sides of the Table

Think Tunia, Egypt, Syria and now Turkey. I spoke this past week at the LeWeb conference in London, which was a superbly well run event with a very quality production team. Kudos. The 20-minute video of my presentation is here if you’re interested. And it was convenient for me because we also held our annual London board meeting of DataSift , who helps companies processes and analyze large volumes of social plus enterprise data in realtime.

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Leadership Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Jethro (Moses' Father-in-Law)

Seeing Both Sides

He leads the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt (nice vision!) I was in synagogue last weekend for a cousin's bat mitzvah and was struck by the entrepreneurial lessons from the weekly Torah portion. The portion was Exodus 18 , where Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, sits down with him and gives him some mentorship: What is this thing that you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit, and all the people stand before you from morning until evening.The thing that you do is not good.

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Should Your Small Business Engage In Newsjacking?


Just last year, fashion designer Kenneth Cole’s Twitter account joked about the beginning of the Arab Spring protests in Egypt , tweeting, “Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. By Jeremy Goldman, author of “ Going Social: Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media “ To newsjack or not to newsjack?

What Greek Startups Can Teach the World


I’ve had similar conversations about bringing entrepreneurship to Egypt, where starting a company is considered a low-class occupation. While some might question the sanity of an individual who decides to make Greek startups a cornerstone of a plan to spread entrepreneurship around the world, Gary Whitehill says the young, entrepreneurial tech startup economy taking hold there offers lessons for startups everywhere.

[Review] The Book of Business Awesome/The Book Of Business UnAwesome


Examples include: - Kenneth Cole, who decided to hijack the trending topic of #Cairo (a hashtag created for the protests and riots in Egypt) to promote a new spring collection of apparel; - Politician Newt Gingrich, who was shamed for buying hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers; and. Have you wondered what works (and doesn’t) in Facebook? Or how you can undo an ill conceived tweet let loose in a fit of anger?

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[Review] The Rise Of The New East


By now, many would know that China is expanding aggressively to West Asian and North African countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Algeria, Libya and Egypt. Are China and India still the “factory” and “outsourced service provider” of the world? How big is the market for Muslim-friendly products and services? What are the promises and perils of trading in the East?

The 8 Greatest Strengths Of Generation Y


Our mandate to him has been to support the social uprisings in Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere. Finish this TV show lyric: “Heroes in a half-shell…” If you can without cheating , you’re probably a Millennial. There’s no hard and fast start date for Generation Y, or the Millennial Generation, but 1980 through 1995 is generally considered the time Generation X gave way to Generation Next.

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Skills Development in Africa: How Wide is the Skills Gap?

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Egypt. Egypt is highly dependent on oil production and the economy is very sensitive to the oil price fluctuations. 70% of Africa’s population is under the age of 25 shaping one of the largest untapped talent pools in the world. At the same time, 75% of all university graduates in Kenya and Nigeria are likely to be unemployed for up to 5 years after graduation.

The Value of Opening Up

Bryce Dot VC

God spoke to the guy: ‘I want you to lead Israel out of Egypt.’ In a recent profile of Mitt Romney, the New Yorker uncovers an exchange had between him and Clayton Christensen. At the time, Clay was trying to get Mitt to open up, to talk about himself, his talents and his limitations. Given their shared faith, Clay leaned on the story of the Prophet Moses from the Old Testament: . He tried over and over. Nothing worked. Finally, it worked. The Red Sea parted.

20 Best TED Talks For Students Of Social Media


And social media frequently makes news, including when it accelerated the uprising in Egypt this year. Watch his talk to get the inside story, and learn more about how social media gave an incredible gift to Egypt. As a student of social media, you undoubtedly know the impact that social media has had on the world. You have the opportunity to see it live in action every day and learn more about its history and future through your studies.

Why the Navy Needs Disruption Now (part 2 of 2)

Steve Blank

And they have been selling these systems to other countries (Iran, Syria, Egypt, etc.). The future is here it’s just distributed unevenly – Silicon Valley view of tech adoption. The threat is here it’s just distributed unevenly – A2/AD and the aircraft carrier. This is the second of a two-part post following my stay on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.

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Twitter, Jobs, Democracy & The US Elections

Both Sides of the Table

As in Tunisia , Egypt , Syria & Iran. I recently wrote a post about the open nature of Twitter and why I’m long on its future. I know it’s easier to write “horse race&# stories about who’s signing up more users, raising more funding or who’s “hot&# lately. But something more nuanced is at hand that is worth debating – is the future of the Internet & global communications more open or more closed?

Why International Startups Love NY, and NY VCs Love International Startups

David Teten

To date, out of 17 companies, HOF Capital has backed 7 founding teams with roots in underrepresented regions: Egypt, Latin America, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey. New York is now the second-most-active tech ecosystem in the US on all key metrics, after the Bay Area. One of the drivers for that growth is that for European, Israeli, Latin American, and Eastern Canada-linked companies, the East Coast is much closer than California.

Walk Like an Egyptian

Growthink Blog

And while the concept of Tunisia and Egypt being ‘Twitter” revolutions is over-stated, it is true that easy media connectivity has greatly accelerated organized action on long-held social and political discontents. It is young people with qualities like this that are changing Egypt.

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The Socialist Republic of Twitter

Diego Basch

You’ll tweet about uprisings in Egypt while she shares pictures of Louis Vuitton’s finest products. I attended a Machine Learning meetup at Twitter yesterday. It was a very good event, and I learned a few new things. The presentation about ads by Kumar Chellapilla was particularly interesting, and one point stuck with me. In a nutshell, Kumar explained that: Twitter wants to remain freely accessible to everyone in the world.

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China Regains Top Spot As Source Of Malignant Online Traffic: Akamai


percent in Egypt (to 1.2 After being unseated last quarter by Indonesia, China has regained its spot as the source of observed attack traffic in the third quarter of 2013.

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First Annual MENA Tech Summit Launches in NY, for Investors and Entrepreneurs

David Teten

Additional organizing partners include: MIT Arab Student Organisation , TechWadi , RISE Egypt and NUMA. When Harvard Business School’s Dean, Nitin Nohria, took office, he outlined five priorities to shape his agenda for the School during his tenure: curriculum innovation, intellectual ambition, internationalization, inclusion, and closer ties to the University. At HBS Alumni Angels, we have worked on initiatives in line with all 5 of those priorities.

A New, Intellectual Fertile Crescent - Allston and Cambridge

Seeing Both Sides

In ancient history, the Fertile Crescent extended from lower Egypt, through modern-day Israel and into Assyria and Mesopotamia. Thanks to the waterways, population density, and diversity of peoples, it was characterized by an unparalleled flow of goods and services and intellectual foment. The region's nickname, "The Cradle of Civilization" is well-deserved.

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Reducing Variability for First-time CEOs - Startups and angels.

Tim Keane

Successful entrepreneurs seem to be able to hyper-focus, and, as Josh, points out, say NO effectively (Denial is not just a river in Egypt, after all). Successful entrepreneurs seem to be able to hyper-focus, and, as Josh, points out, say NO effectively (Denial is not just a river in Egypt, after all). Startups and angels: Along the way to success. By Tim Keane, Angel Investor, Golden Angels Investors, LLC. Archives. Profile. Subscribe.

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Why Entrepreneurs & VCs Should Focus on Basecamp, Not the Summit

Both Sides of the Table

Whatever their eventual path and outcomes – I would argue that their impact on Iran, Tunisia & Egypt – and frankly on the way that we as a society communicate now – has rendered them one of the most important technologies of the past decade. This article originally appeared on Silicon Alley Insider.