Newsletter : January ’17

New Year, new newsletter

There’s lots going on with and for startups from the Danube to Dubai. And 212 is on it. We’re changing up this newsletter to bring you not just headlines but to give perspective and depth. Know and understand. That’s our motto for 2017. Toward that end, we have a new design:

  • The Latest (featuring mergers, acquisitions, trends or what we’re going to call Watch This Space)
  • Deep dive (where we’ll go deep on a particular topic)
  • And, drumroll… After Hours

Knowing and understanding means being well rounded. We can’t be all startup all the time. In After Hours we bring you interesting books, music, art, food, wine – all things culture.
Let’s get to it:

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2017 Predictions

2016 was a difficult year. From where I sit in Istanbul, this is what I saw: stifling emerging market growth; a plummeting Turkish Lira (20% decline); terrorist attacks in Turkey and Europe; a worsening refugee crisis; a coup attempt.

Any one of these would dissuade even the most ambitious entrepreneur in the West from launching a business. Not here. Entrepreneurs in EMEA are tough. I am in awe of the resilience the entrepreneurs demonstrated throughout the year. They did not just survive; they evolved, grew stronger and entered new markets. As you can see here: Continue reading