Newsletter : Jul’18

The World Cup is here! We love this event. And not only because it’s football. Yeah, sure the Olympics is supposed to be the nations of the world competing against one another. But is it really? The strong dominate, the weak lose. What we’re seeing in Russia is nothing less than excellence on display. Mexico beat Germany. France beat Argentina. Italy didn’t even make it into the game. Morocco, Senegal, Panama, and Costa Rica did. Croatia is turning out to be a star. Given an even playing field, everyone has a shot. It’s a lot like entrepreneurship. (C’mon you didn’t think we’d go without a reference to our favorite topic, did you?)

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Newsletter : Jun’18

It’s June! We’re half-way into 2018 – and half-way before 2019. If that sounds like the glass half-empty and half-full comparison, it’s meant to be. We love June. The weather is warmer. The days are longer. The beach! A good time to recharge batteries – and also reflect and take stock. What’s working, how can we improve? (We know, very new agey.)

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Newsletter : May’18

The flowers are blooming. The trees are turning green. And the reports are flying off the presses. This month, we’re diving into reports! We’re deep into the ones that Tech EU and MENAbytes put out – chock full of good data on the state of startups and investments in Europe and MENA, respectively. AND WE ARE EXCITED. Summer is a good time to recharge – but also get perspective. There is no rest for anyone in the startup world. It’s good to keep thinking about how to push forward – and actually get there. We are eager to adopt a new hobby though. We’re thinking gardening. See more in After Hours.

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Newsletter : Mar’18

 

We love geeking out at the latest gadgets and innovations. Who doesn’t love the advancements that have come with the smartphone, not to mention what’s to come with virtual reality and artificial intelligence. But tech isn’t just machines. It affects society – how we live, how we consume information, how we interact with one another. We’ve been watching Facebook’s role in Russia’s meddling of the US elections.

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Newsletter : Feb’18

It’s not a fad. Blockchain is a revolution. Introduced along with bitcoin, it is a digitized ledger that “links batches of transactions” to blocks. Each block is encrypted. No block can be altered or deleted. That’s the beauty of this technology. And that’s precisely why it’s going to be big. Blockchain isn’t just for cryptocurrency.

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Newsletter : Jan’18

Happy New Year!

What are we looking at in 2018? Money. Specifically, how we spend it and move it around. We’ve been big on FinTech for the past few years. With the rise of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, we don’t doubt that there will be big things happening in the intersection of banking, finance, and tech.

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Newsletter : Nov’17

In startup circles, everyone is wild about Dubai. It is the center for all things MENA tech. This month, however, we’re seeing interesting developments out of Saudi Arabia. The country has pushed forward Vision 2030 – to diversify Saudi’s economy, moving it away from oil. The country has several incubators, Badir, Afkar, Kaust. And one of the hottest apps, Sarahah. Despite the political intrigues in the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia is a place to watch. And so are emerging markets. Not only are we seeing them push forward toward growth, but they’re strategizing and collaborating with one another. Whereas Silicon Valley and the U.S. used to be the hub, we’re seeing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East merge closer together – merging markets.

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Newsletter : Oct’17

Tricks are supposed to be scary. No one wants one done to them. But what if we told you that it’s good to trick yourself – to think differently? Fall brings about change to the weather, the leaves – why not to our mindsets? We’re focused on new approaches this month. Check out our After Hours section for more ways to look at the world and yourself a little differently. It is the ultimate treat.

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