Weekly Wrap-Up: October 27-31

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Sleep-deprived, failing fast, and pivoting smartly: Day 1 on StartupBus Europe

StartupBus EuropeOur very own French Editor Aline has joined StartupBus Europe to report back on her experience as part of the hackathon roadtrip with startups. Find out how the "buspreneurs'" first day on the tour went, and what topics were discussed!

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This young Jordanian entrepreneur bootstrapped a funky gadget e-commerce site from home

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How one Saudi woman entrepreneur found success through Instagram [Wamda TV]

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Could Middle East e-commerce benefit from Pinterest?

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One bus, 40 entrepreneurs, a 5-day hackathon: StartupBus comes to southern Africa

StartupBusStartupBus was launched in 2010 and can be described as "Startup Weekend on wheels" - this hackathon bus trip will first focus on Johannesburg and Harare, adding new locations as they ramp up next year. Find more about it here.

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