Weekly Wrap-Up: April 21-25

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We've just come back from our second stop of the Mix N' Mentor 2013 roadshow, Doha. This event was in partnership with Silatech and the MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup competition, and we'd like to thank all of you for making it such an inspiring day.

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