Newsletter : Jul ’17

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Damn straight Jack Kerouac. This month our focus is on the road. Hey, it’s July. But we couldn’t get over how many interesting things are happening in the transportation space. The Slovaks are building flying cars. Germany’s Daimler is snapping up ride-hailing companies across Europe. And, yes, there is the empty seat at the top of Uber….

Transport is everything, especially in MENA. You can have the greatest tech startup in the world, but if you can’t deliver a product or service to people – or if people can’t get to you, you’re finished. On that note, we dive into July thinking about transport and all things on the road.

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere. Keep rolling under the stars…..”

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Newsletter : Jun ’17

Moore’s Law holds that the number of transistors per square inch would double every 12 months. Today, an integrated circuit holds more computing power than NASA did when it launched a man on the moon. Tech trends are advancing at a similar pace. Since the start of the year we’ve been watching FinTech and it is certainly getting interesting. So is the tech scene in Eastern Europe. This month we continue to follow trends in FinTech, but also have several interesting pieces that shed light on tech in Eastern Europe. Fasten your seatbelts friends. The ride is just getting started…..

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Newsletter : May ’17

It’s May. In addition to shedding the winter slumber (and pounds – no more baklava), we’re shedding old mindsets. Souq and Careem have helped. The headline deals that both companies have made earlier this year are injecting tremendous excitement into the MENA startup ecosystem. We’re also keeping our eyes on all things fintech, which continues to be a rapidly changing landscape. As we start to countdown to our timeout on the beach, we’re ever more eager to see what the summer holds for MENA – and the Balkans, which we take a look at this month.

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Newsletter : April ’17

We’re a quarter of the way through 2017. And while all seems topsy-turvy (Trump), things continue to push forward in the startup world, particularly in MENA. We’ve been eyeing the takeover of Souq.com, the growth of new funds, and rising stars, such as Trendyol founder and CEO Demet Mutlu. She was named one of Europe’s most inspiring entrepreneurs. We agree.

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Newsletter : February ’17

In Turkey: Series C rounds / VC growth 10x

Turkey dominates world headlines, not necessarily for the best reasons. And, yet, good reasons exist. Lots of good reasons. Turkish startups continue to raise money. Inflows into Turkish stocks are on the rise. This isn’t just Pollyannaish, wishful thinking. Startups keep pushing things forward in Turkey. Total whiplash

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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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