The Female American Dream

Austin Startup

It was 1979 when the Shah was exiled from Iran by those loyal to the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini, ending the reign of the the last Persian monarch. At Aryamehr Institute of Technology, now Sharif University of Technology, a young woman was facing her own battles in a completely different revolution, taking her final exam as one of the few females to earn her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at what is considered the MIT of Iran. feminism american-dream womanhood wisdom iran

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Episode 92: Educational and Galactic Profitability with Dr. Zarik Boghossian

Mike Michalowicz

Today Dr.Zarik Boghossian shares his personal story of being born in Iran and moving to the US, the hardships he faced because of his accent, having no money and how he moved on to successfully develop a software that does the flight navigation for the international space station. Profit First Podcast accent Chris Curran hardship Iran Kristina Bolduc mike michalowicz money Pepperdine University professor success USAAlso Available On. Show Summary. Welcome back from the weekend!

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War

Steve Blank

Next, we’ll discuss the challenge of our National Defense Strategy – we no longer face a single Cold War adversary but potentially five – in what are called the “2+3 threats” (China and Russia plus Iran, North Korea, and non-nation state actors.).

5 Due Diligence Tips Before You Invest In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Watch out if someone has a complex plan involving offshore bank financing or gemstones or oil leases in Iran to make you rich.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War  – Wrap Up

Steve Blank

faces “two plus three” threats – the two peer adversaries China and Russia, plus the three – regional threats from Iran, North Korea as well as the non-nation state actors.

Opening a Personal Bank Account (For Station F Entrepreneurs)


For example, if you come from Iran, unfortunately, is not going to be easy at all. Before you do anything as long as your nationality is on this list as I told you à friend of mine is from Iran and couldn’t open an account, I know it sucks.

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Opening a Bank Account For Station F Entrepreneurs


For example, if you come from Iran, unfortunately, is not going to be easy at all. Before you do anything as long as your nationality is on this list as I told you à friend of mine is from Iran and couldn’t open an account, I know it sucks.

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5 Startup Tips From Successful Entrepreneurs


She helms Eventbox, an online platform for events based in Iran. The venture now hosts regular TEDx events in Iran. If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and want to start your own business, use these 5 startup tips from the experts to get your idea off the ground. Amazon, Apple, and Disney are three hugely successful companies that began in garages. After a little success and funding, they began to grow and become players in the marketplace.

Advice To Young Entrepreneurs – Think Like An Immigrant!


In Iran, where I’m from, people go to work at 5 a.m. Patrick Bet-David is an entrepreneur, author, visionary and self-made success who emigrated from war-torn Iran to the U.S. By Patrick Bet-David, CEO of the PHP Agency, and author of “ Doing The Impossible: The 25 Laws for Doing The Impossible “ There’s never been a better time to be a young entrepreneur in America. The opportunities are endless and money is easy to earn.

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Online Toughies: The Cyber World’s Most Wanted Criminals


Iran isn’t well-known for its cyber skills, but this individual definitely placed them on the map. The former member of Iran’s military held valuable footage such as upcoming episodes of the massively popular ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and other shows for ransom. When a computer hacker decides to attack a system, the reasons for their actions might be anyone’s guess.

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Shipping Reliablity Scares and Overcoming Export Odds

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Trading lanes that were once calm and free, are being contested by geopolitical actors such as Iran, UK, China, USA and Russia. Exporting your goods to new markets is the dream of every small business owner.

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Why The Government is Isn’t a Bigger Version of a Startup

Steve Blank

Russia, Iran, and North Korea have also fused those activities. This article previously appeared in War On The Rocks. There was a time when much of U.S. academia was engaged in weapon systems research for the Defense Department and intelligence community. Some of the best and brightest wanted to work for defense contractors or corporate research and development labs. And the best startups spun out of Stanford were building components for weapon systems.

What Is Your First Political Memory?

Feld Thoughts

I remember the Iran Hostage Crisis, Oliver North, and one of the moon landings (I don’t remember which one.). For the past nine months, Amy and I have started our morning together.

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DataSift Announces Mega-Round. Apple Buys Topsy for $200 Million. Here’s What You Need to Know

Both Sides of the Table

It isn’t simply that when a leader in the US calls off negotiations with Iran he puts it on Twitter or when a leader from Iran rebuffs that Tweet publicly that a signal is created but it is the unseen. I’m super proud to announce that DataSift has just completed a $42 million financing round coming at the end of a year where its revenue grew several hundred percent year-over-year. Considering our revenue is SaaS revenue this achievement is even more remarkable.

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Interview with Everipedia’s Tedde Forselius

Mucker Lab

Sam is a Persian Prince – and you know I am deeply proud of our shared Iran roots – and Theodor is Swedish. Sweden is pretty much my favorite non-Iran country. Interview with my Everipedia Co-founder Theodor Forselius (AKA “Tedde”) by Mahbod Moghadam. One of the main reasons I got involved with Everipedia is that I really like the ethnicities of my cofounders.

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[ADV] 4 Products Businesses Can Import From Qatar


Bordering Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf, UAE and Iran, Qatar is one of the most important Middle Eastern countries despite its small size. Middle Eastern countries have build an immense reputation in the world of business by exporting goods to many countries and Qatar is one such country. According to reports, 92 types of products are being imported by various countries from Qatar helping the country make more than $57 billion each year.

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The Rapture Happened but I Wasn’t Called

Steve Blank

We face authoritarian governments in China, in Russia, in Iran and North Korea, governments that not only oppress their own people, Tibetans, Uighurs , those in Hong Kong, but that offer the world a dystopian vision of control.

Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 2 – Max Boot

Steve Blank

The Department of Defense has to decide which of these technologies and new weapons will be most important across these five: China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and non-nation states. We just held our second session of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

The stoic resilience of Israel’s Tech Ecosystem – Welcome to the Middle East

VC Cafe

Our new, “new normal “ The ceasefire with Hamas will only buy us temporary calm until Iran has re-loaded Hamas for another round. This is a guest post by Kevin Baxpehler , co-founder and Managing Partner at Remagine Ventures.

5 Meetings That Changed The World


During WWII, ‘the Big Three’ met in Iran in 1943 at the famous Tehran Conference. by Gemma Falconer, a member of the Demand Generation team at Citrix and GoToMeeting. When the famous and powerful join forces, monumental things can happen. Influential meetings between iconic figures in politics, music, science and technology have contributed to the landscape of current society. Let’s a take a look at a few of them: 1. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Startup CEO: The Online Course


So far over 1,300 people have signed up for Startup CEO from countries as far-flung as the China, Brasil, Iran, the U.K., As most of you know by now, I wrote a book that was published last fall called Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business. I’m excited to announce that, starting on January 20th, the book has now been turned into Kauffman Fellows Academy (KFA) online course called Startup CEO.

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From Iranian Refugee, To Successful But Unfulfilled Corporate Employee, Then Self-Made Info Entrepreneur – The Farnoosh Brock Story by Yaro Starak

Farnoosh Brock fled with her family from Iran to Turkey when she was eleven years old. Press play to begin streaming the audio or right click the text link and choose save as or save link. Download the MP3 [ 60 Minutes - 29 MB ]. Subscribe to this Podcast in iTunes.

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How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance?

Both Sides of the Table

Then I checked the NY Times and realized this that the US has passed an historic nuclear deal with Iran and since for me Twitter is a real-time news platform I figured I would Tweet what I was thinking. Iran deal reached. I intentionally tried to stay apolitical in my Tweet because some people are passionate that we should try to negotiate with Iran and some people (like Bibi) believe it’s an historic mistake.

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How To Profit From Day Trading Gas-Related Stocks


Iran, Qatar, Canada, China, Norway, and Saudi Arabia come next. When it comes to proven reserves, Russia and Iran have by far the largest resources of natural gas, so they will continue to be the main players in the industry for the coming decades. While Iran has the second largest gas reserves in the world, it cannot convert this advantage due to the US sanctions. As of 2019, natural gas is experiencing a rapid growth phase.

The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

Both Sides of the Table

The show has become my best curator of which books to read (including my favorite of last year, The Accidental Superpower ) and my go to for understanding geopolitics of: Russia, Iran, Pakistan, China, India and of course the US. I was watching my favorite show on TV this morning – GPS (Global Public Square) with Fareed Zakaria.

How To Avoid Investment Scams In The Startup World

Startup Professionals Musings

Watch out if someone has a complex plan involving offshore bank financing or gemstones or oil leases in Iran to make you rich. After you have heard a few startup success stories, like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, you may be tempted to invest some money yourself, maybe by pooling your funds with other investors who claim to have a great track record. My advice is to leave the investing in startups to the professionals (or friends and fools).

Five Reasons Every CEO Should Give Back On Giving Tuesday And Beyond


While he was raised in war-torn Iran, he moved to America with a dream and vision, becoming an American citizen and a successful business owner. by Alex Dastmalchi, philanthropist and CEO of Dastmalchi, LLC. There is a spending frenzy that takes place every November, with people shopping for deals and collectively spending billions.

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What Impact Social Media Truly Had On Society


Iran, and India. By Jenny Q. Ta , CEO of and author of “Wall Street Cinderella” By now, we are all aware that social media has had a tremendous impact on our culture, in business, on the world-at-large. Social media websites are some of the most popular haunts on the Internet. They have revolutionized the way people communicate and socialize on the Web.

Documentary: Zero Days

Feld Thoughts

It’s the story of Stuxnet , the computer virus created by a set of nation states (including the US and Israel) which was intended to disable and/or slow down Iran’s nuclear program. Sunday night, Amy and I watched the new documentary Zero Days. I’d read about Stuxnet several times over the past few years so I knew a lot – at least what was able to be cobbled together. I also remember the mainstream media discussion on it well as I was fascinated by it.

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5 Questions We Should Be Asking Presidential Candidates


Hot topics have included Immigration, Iran, China and foreign policy in general, and jobs. by Douglas Obey, author of “ Money & The Human Condition “. The presidential candidates are starting to define the issues important to them as they try to gain traction with voters but are those issues what are most important to Americans?

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 4

Steve Blank

The NDS observed that we not only faced non-nation states (terror organizations,) but going forward we have to plan for 2+3 adversaries (China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and the non-nations states.)

Twitter, Jobs, Democracy & The US Elections

Both Sides of the Table

As in Tunisia , Egypt , Syria & Iran. Iran Twitter Image courtesy of political cartoonist John Cole for the Scranton Times. 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.

Bring Me Your Accents. Immigration Fuels Innovation

Both Sides of the Table

While Iran & Russia are moving to deny gay people’s existents or diminish their rights we live in a country that accepts them as the loving parents and people that they are. I have lived (England, France, Italy, Spain, Japan & the US) and worked (Ireland, Germany, India) around the world. I adore accents. I listen not only for the country but the region. I became engrossed with the origins of both accents and phrases.

Mexican Food and Entrepreneurship for Lunch in Dubai

Feld Thoughts

They then spent the next two hours answering questions that I had about Dubai, its history, entrepreneurship in the region, and the geopolitical dynamics with other UAE states, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iran. Amy and I are spending the week in Dubai on the annual Wellesley Art Trip. I’ve been doing some of the art stuff, visited one of our LPs, and have been getting together with local entrepreneurs and investors.

What Every Bitcoin Investor Should Learn From a Dictator Named “Awesome”

Austin Startup

In 1294 Gaykhatu (literally, “Awesome” in Mongolian) was the leader of one Hoard of Mongols ruling over what is now Iran, Iraq and Southwest Asia. Because Iran, North Korea, drug cartels, tax evaders, and money launderers are using Bitcoin to evade sanctions, bank laws, taxes, and pretty much violate every lawful economic law on the books.

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

Both Sides of the Table

But an equally obvious case is BitCoin where people who live in Iran, Syria or Libya may rather put their money into non-governmental units (even knowing the risks) than to trust their local governmental leaders to protect their assets from inflation or seizure. 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.

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Start Up Nation - Trip Report

Seeing Both Sides

Now imagine what would happen if a peace agreement with the Palestinians could be reached (for a glimmer of home, read this NY Times report on a recent interview with President Abbas ) and a nuclear deal with Iran (again, if you''re an optimist, read today''s WSJ report on Iran''s seriousness in negotiating a deal ). I spent last week visiting Israel with a group of fellow venture capitalists touring Start Up Nation - a trip sponsored and organized by CJP.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Investment Scams For Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

Watch out if someone has a complex plan involving offshore bank financing or gemstones or oil leases in Iran to make you rich. After you have heard a few startup success stories, like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, you may be tempted to invest some money yourself, maybe by pooling your funds with other investors who claim to have a great track record. My advice is to leave the investing in startups to the professionals (or friends and fools).

How to Protect Yourself From Bernie Madoff

Startup Professionals Musings

Watch out if someone has a complex plan involving offshore bank financing or gemstones or oil leases in Iran to make you rich. OK, so they tell me that Bernie is safely tucked away in prison for the next 150 years, but there are clones out there who look and act just like him. See this LA Times article from last year about a likely scammer closer to startups, and an ongoing saga of events from the victim’s perspective.

[Infographic] Countries That Hate The Internet


It won’t be surprise anyone then, we can all agree, of the three countries to top the list – China, Iran and Syria. Some countries hate the Internet. Actually, it may be more accurate to say that some countries are fearful of the power of the Internet to harness people power that may lead to the overthrow in the “natural” order of things.

Why Women Make The Best Product Managers


In a recent article about Lady Catherine Ashton’s crucial role in negotiating Iran halting development of its nuclear program, emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to both identify and manage one’s own emotions, pick up on the emotions of others, manage them and, in so doing, build trust, grow influence and achieve better outcomes all round.

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.). Today, China can do this in the Pacific and to a limited extent, Iran has this capability in the Persian Gulf. 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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The Internet Might Kill Us All

Steve Blank

The ability to copy and disseminate banned ideas undermined repressive regimes from Poland to Iran to the Soviet Union. My friend Ben Horowitz and I debated the tech bubble in The Economist. An abridged version of this post was the “closing&# statement to Ben’s rebuttal comments. Part 1 is here and Part 2 here. The full version is below.