The Remarkable Reason Men in Iran Have Started Wearing Hijabs

Inc Startups

Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad's #MenInHijab social media campaign highlights men, women, freedom, success, solidarity, and bravery in Iran

Capitalists - Invest In Iran - Really ?


Open investing in Iran - even in energy. See you in Iran. Chad Oct 1 (Reuters) - Iran is inviting foreign investors to actively develop its energy industry after sanctions are expected to ease in 2016, under a nuclear deal between Iran and six global powers, deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi told Reuters on Thursday. "We We welcome all oil companies, including the Americans, that meet Islamic Republic’s requirements to invest in Iran.

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Entrepreneurship Flourishes for 54 Hours in Iran

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Startup Weekend, the pervasive entrepreneurship group that's held events in 100 countries, just held its first event in Iran. Most recently, Canada severed its diplomatic relations with Iran, closed its embassy in Iran, and expelled its Iranian diplomats.

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Valerie Plame on Cybersecurity, Ashley Madison and Iran Nuclear Deal

Inc Startups

The former covert CIA agent, now advising a cybersecurity startup, sounds off on Scott Walker's criticisms of the Iran deal and the "dangerous" data breach at the Office of Personnel Management

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What the Iran Nuclear Deal Can Teach You About Negotiation

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So you don't negotiate nuclear agreements. You can still learn plenty from watching the deal-making in Vienna. Negotiation expert Scott Wayne tells you how

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President Obama Weighs In On Trusting Iran’s Leaders

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This agreement is not based on trust. It's based exclusively on unprecedented verification

Family visit to Iran leaves South Carolina tech worker stuck

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Unable to enjoy what was supposed to be a three-week vacation with her family in Iran, Nazanin Zinouri now worries about when and if she will be able to go home to South Carolina RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)

Canada's Housing Situation


Asian money is flowing in clearly to BC and global money - from Iran to Russia - is said to be flooding Toronto. While some say Canada is experiencing a bubble (Vancouver/ Toronto) others are stating that Canada is now finding her footing.

US congressmen in Germany to meet Americans released by Iran

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LANDSTUHL, Germany (AP) — A North Carolina congressman and two others traveled Monday to the medical center in Germany where three Americans, released by Iran as part of a prisoner swap, are being tre

"Even non-religious women who join the region’s metal bands can face serious challenges. In Iran,"

Mark Birch

In Iran, home to the metal band Frosted Leaves, it’s illegal to perform heavy metal and for women to perform at all—two strikes against the band’s vocalist, who goes by the pseudonym Elina and is obscured in band photos to evade arrest. Despite Iran’s laws, her parents let her choose whether to join a metal band.” - “ An Unusual Heavy Metal Love Story ” via The New Yorker. Heavy metal will not be stopped, even in Iran.

Brilliance, From The Economist - Syria by way of Tehran


Reposted from The Economist THE chemical attack on a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, which left more than 1,400 people dead on August 21st, has put Iran’s new president in a particularly tricky position, barely a month into the job. Like Russia, Iran says the attack was the work of the Syrian rebels and not the government of President Bashar Assad, its most important ally. Still, Iran seems to be seeking to present a softer line.

The Interview, Censorship, Terrorism, Dr. Evil, and Lots of Other Stuff

Feld Thoughts

He’s decided that the North Korea hack on Sony Pictures was not an act of war but is now trying to decide if it’s terrorism so he can put North Korea on the terrorism sponsors list to join Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

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.

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.

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The Most Important Political Show on TV

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An opinion piece by Zakaria on why the US shouldn’t take sides in the Saudi / Iran conflict where the tension has gone up since Saudi killed a Shiite cleric and dissident.

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

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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.

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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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The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

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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.

Start Up Nation - Trip Report

Seeing Both Sides

I spent last week visiting Israel with a group of fellow venture capitalists touring Start Up Nation - a trip sponsored and organized by CJP. We had a terrific time - despite being in the midst of a pretty tough neighborhood, the country''s innovation economy is absolutely booming.

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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.

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The Latest: Graham: 'I'll find a way to fix this problem'

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — The Latest on a South Carolina resident trying to return from Iran (all times local RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

In the 21st century you need a scorecard to keep track of the threats: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, ISIS in Yemen/Libya/Philippines, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, hackers for hire, etc. “…it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. ”. The Red Queen Alice in Wonderland. Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community.

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!

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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Report: Immigrants Launch 46% of Top Start-ups

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The most common country of origin for immigrant founders was India, followed by Israel, Canada, Iran, and New Zealand. Both had moved to the United States on student visas from Iran. A new report finds that immigrants are key to startup formation and job creation.

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Bring Me Your Accents. Immigration Fuels Innovation

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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.

The Feminine Will Save Us

This is going to be BIG.

A sensitive, weeping black man that cried about guns and tried to make peace with Iran versus wiping them off the map was a threat to so many layers of monolithic American masculinity standards that one could lose count. I just spent a weekend at a professional development retreat for venture investors. It wasn't about how to be better price negotiators or about tactics for getting dealflow. It was about investors trying to be better people.

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

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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.

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What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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I’m sure the head of the Federal Reserve Bank could spook the market or the heads of state of the US, China or Iran could. There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling.

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.

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

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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.

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[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.

5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Diplomats

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War is crazy expensive. Just ask any monarch, president, prime minister or, well, diplomat. So any alternative to war will not only save money but save lives and property. Historically, the chief alternative to waging a war has been to conduct diplomacy. That’s right: talk is cheap.

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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.

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.

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Tel Aviv: The Start-Up Holy Land

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The 60-year-old metropolis boasts more start-ups than most countries worldwide. I spent last week visiting Israel with a group of fellow venture capitalists touring what is referred to as Start Up Nation --a trip sponsored and organized by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).

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How Growing Online Access is Driving Economic Growth in Emergent Economies

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Iran is one of the top three emerging Internet markets identified by Euromonitor International in a recent global report.

Why Pseudonymity Is Such an Important Concept

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Social networks are like Iran. Fred Wilson wrote a blog post yesterday called “Real Names” in which he talked about a commenter on his blog who preferred not to comment because he didn’t want to use his real name.

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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.

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.