Weekly Wrap-Up: June 23-27

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Next week, we're heading to Casablanca for Mix N' Mentor:

Mix N Mentor CasablancaOn July 6th, we'll be in Morocco for Mix N' Mentor Casablanca. The event is sold-out and we're thrilled to be spending a day with the country's top entrepeneurs, industry experts, and mentors. If you're not in Casablanca, sign up to take part in a mentorship session via Google Hangout, a unique format we've been implementing at each event so far, or stream the Opening panel and Fireside chat on live.wamda.com.

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