San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please join us on the evening of Thursday 3rd October to hear from Chris Schroeder about his new book "Startup Rising" and the spirit of entrepreneurialism emerging across the Middle East. Networking drinks will be served after the talk.
Chris Schroeder is an entrepreneur and venture investor in interactive technologies and social communications. His 2010 Washington Post op-ed about startups in the Arab world was the first to focus attention on an important wave of change in the Middle East. He was subsequently invited by Hillary Clinton’s office on entrepreneurship to judge a startup competition in Cairo one week before the 2011 protests in Tahrir Square. He has been a speaker on trends in global entrepreneurship for the COE 2010 gathering of regional entrepreneurs and investors in Dubai, Endeavor’s gathering of global entrepreneurs, and the Abraaj Capital annual meeting. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of Cairo School of Business and Oasis500, a leading incubator committed to funding 500 start-ups in Jordan.
While violence and political turmoil persist in the Arab world, a wholly different type of awakening is brewing under the radar, the potential of which could be even more significant than the headlining rebellions of recent years. In STARTUP RISING: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, August 13th] Christopher Schroeder delivers a sweeping and timely look at the surge of entrepreneurship occurring in the Middle East, and why Western investors and venture capitalists should consider the potential hidden in this most volatile and unpredictable market. Schroeder interviewed over 150 impressive, young entrepreneurs throughout the Arab world for the book, from Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, and Istanbul to Damascus. They all believe that despite all the recent political uncertainty, they will eventually control their destinies. And they all know, first-hand, that these are early days of sizable market opportunities in their back yards.
Startup Rising proposes a new narrative for the future of the Middle East, in which a widespread entrepreneurial spirit propels the region into the global marketplace.