Weekly Wrap-Up: October 21-25
In all of our articles about startups, it is obvious that mentorship (and finding the right mentors) is at the core of a successful entrepreneurial journey. How is your mentor intrumental to you?
Pic of the Week
What makes mentors so essential in your entrepreneurial journey? Read what our Features Editor Glen had to say about it here.
- 31 Oct - Google RISE Awards 2013
- 01 Nov – Startup Weekend Mansoura
- 08 Nov – Harvard Arab Weekend Startup Pitch Competition
In November, we’re hitting three different cities with our Mix N’ Mentor events:
Read our post to learn more. Each event will have its own twist; check them out and register soon as places are limited.
Make sure to check wamda.com/events, or follow @WamdaME on Twitter to stay updated about more events you can!
Entrepreneur of the Week
This week's 'Entrepreneur of the Week' is Elie Gregoire Khoury, co-founder of Dermandar, a mobile app that allows you to take panoramic pictures. Elie shares with us how their team focused on quality, and virality. Watch his interview here.
Articles you Might have Missed
10 Startups in the Arab World that Parents Will Love
This week, we’ve decided to highlight 10 startups that can definitely get the attention of both parents and their children. From high-end fashion to interactive Arabic content, these startups have focused on bringing out the fun in parenting. Read about them here.
Jordan’s Wheels Express Closes Despite Steady Customers: Did it Scale too Quickly?
A little more than a year ago, Wheels Express was a rising star and quickly became profitable. But now, within a year, has announced closure thanks to difficultly securing a second round of funding. What went wrong and what lessons did the co-founders learn? Read about it here.
Vodafone Ventures Egypt Announces Investment in Eshtery, Ogra, and GyroLabs
Eshtery, Ogra, and GyroLabs have more in common than investment by Vodafone Ventures Egypt. These three startups have all graduated from Flat6Labs. Read about them here.
5 Tips for Winning Business as Software Services
How do you succeed in the challenging software services industry, in Pakistan? Read Wamda contributor Jazib Zahir's tips here.
Meet the Jordanian Company that Might Disrupt Global Game Development
Middleware is a tool that allows developers to create and add components within a game, and Jordan’s Mixed Dimensions (MXD) have just launched their own multi-platform software. What makes MXD’s platform so cutting-edge? Read all about it here.
Angel Investor Aydin Senkut on Opportunities in the Middle East Market
We caught up with prominent Angel Investor and ex-Google employee Aydin Senkut at Turkish conference Webrazzi, and he shared with us the opportunities he sees in the Middle East. Watch his interview to find out what they are.
User Experience vs. Usability: How Can Startups Enhance their Brand?
As these terms are relatively new, people often get the two of them confused. What are the differences? What are the similarities? Amol Kadam of design agency RBBi explains. If you've ever found an online service too unfriendly, don't miss this post.
Souq Fashion Launches to Boost High-End Online Retail in the Arab World
Fashionistas, this one's definitely for you! Born out of the observation that fashion wasn’t getting enough traction on Souq, Souq Fashion aims to bring more high-end brands to your closets. Read all about it here.
Don't forget to check out more of the interviews we did at Webrazzi, a Turkish conference focusing on web and entrepreneurship:
- Pivoting into Mobile: Alexis Bonte of Social Gaming Company eRepublik Part 3
- Spotify’s Axel Bringius at Webrazzi 2012
- Bringing Turkish High Heel Brand to the Arab World