Weekly Wrap-Up: January 13-17
This week on Wamda, we covered startups involved in reviving their neighborhoods, and startups using gaming to rev up the regional entrepreneurship scene. What games do you think you learn from?
Pic of the Week
Believing in yourself and your startup has always been at the core of success. And so is dreaming; if you start believing in one impossible task per day, you're on the right track. For more inspiration, check out this post by Managing Editor Maya Rahal.
- 20 Jan - New Entrepreneur Roundtable at Shelter Dubai
- 23 Jan - Open Diversity Forum: The Next Stretch
- 27 Jan - Health 2.0 Middle East - Dubai Conference
Make sure to check wamda.com/events, or follow @WamdaME on Twitter to stay updated about more events you can!
Entrepreneur of the Week
How often do you go from interested gamer to developer and eventually founder of a development studio? This is exactly what DigitalMania founder Walid Sultan did. Find out more about him and the development studio behind social game DefenDoor in this interview.
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People have become increasingly interested in alternative economic models to the current model of buying, selling, and consuming. One of these new models is collaborative consumption, but is it fit for Saudi Arabia's lifestyle? Read this post and let us know what you think.
10 Lessons Startups Can Learn from Gamers
If you've ever been into gaming, then you know exactly how unnerving it can be to be told that gaming can turn your brain into mush. What are some business lessons you can learn while playing video games? Find out in this post by Wamda Features Editor Glen Dalakian and his brother Lucas.
What Facebook's Graph Search Means for the Middle East
Facebook has recently announced Graph Search, allowing you to search the content of your friends' timelines and newsfeeds. What does this mean for the Middle East? Find out in this post by Editor-in-Chief Nina Curley.
Maysalward Localizes New Mobile Game ShaqDown for the Arab World
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Can this Egyptian Mobile App Startup Meet its Ambitious Goals?
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Middle East Startups Reveal How They Would Spend Investment [Poll Results]
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Jordan’s Nakhweh Relaunches as a Regional Hub for Social Ventures
Nakhweh has been steadily making volunteerism more popular and as of this week, they've relaunched as a comprehensive directory for social work int he Middle East and North Africa. Find out what founder Kamel Al-Asmar's goal is, and what new features were added to the platform in this post.
What the UAE's New Home Shipping Service Means for E-Commerce
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