Weekly Wrap-Up: October 03-07

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Announcing Mix N' Mentor Jeddah on December 5!

Mix N Mentor JeddahThis December, we'll be bringing Mix N' Mentor to Jeddah for the very first time - so get ready to discuss challenges, find solutions, and network with some of the regions' most experienced entrepreneurs and mentors.

Upcoming Events

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How one Jordanian entrepreneur failed, then built a better company: the story of YalaValet

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Wamda Chairman Fadi Ghandour receives award at World Entrepreneurship Forum

Wamda Chairman Fadi Ghandour receives award at WEFThis week, we were especially proud to report on Wamda Chairman Fadi Ghandour being honored with the Business Entrepreneur for the World Award for 2013, at this year's World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore. Check out his keynote address.


Egypt's most famous female carpenter is breaking the mold to build a global brand

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Gaming in the Arab world: an overview of game types, models, and revenues

Yahoo closure in EgyptThe gaming market in the Middle East is a billion dollar market- so why aren't regional developers making more? To understand what gaming companies are building, we crunched the numbers on their business models, game types, and revenue streams.

Whatsapp goes down worldwide; can it stay on top in mobile messaging?

Whatsapp goes down worldwideLast Sunday, we reported Whatsapp being down for about an hour. Now with a number of solid competitors trailing not far behind, here's what Whatsapp needs to think of for it to stay ahead.

What it takes to build a billion dollar tech company, and what it means for startups in the Arab world

Building a billion dollar tech companyA recent study by Silicon Valley-based VC Cowboy Ventures found that only around 0.07% of companies founded today hit the billion mark. Here's a look at these 'unicorns', and what it takes to build one.

MarkaVIP launches new platform, mobile apps, hints at new verticals to come

MarkaVIP launches new platformLeading regional flash sales site MarkaVIP has recently announced its new branding, the launch of mobile applications, and a completely new recommendation algorithm. But these are not the only changes to take note of; here's what new about the startup's internal culture, the verticals it's looking to add, and a possible full sale segment.

5 trends driving VC investment in the Arab world [Report]

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Online sports community Duplays launches new software platform, enters non-expat markets

Duplays launches new softwareSince its launch, Duplays has evolved from online portal to software platform, now venturing into 5 different locations via a franchise model. What will the team have to focus on in order to overcome the hurdles of franchising, and how is it expanding its focus to include non-expat markets? Find out in this post.

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