Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

Startup Rising The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East Despite the world s elation at the Arab Spring shockingly little has changed politically in the Middle East even frontliners Egypt and Tunisia continue to suffer repression fixed elections and bomb

  • Title: Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East
  • Author: Christopher M. Schroeder
  • ISBN: 9780230342224
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Despite the world s elation at the Arab Spring, shockingly little has changed politically in the Middle East even frontliners Egypt and Tunisia continue to suffer repression, fixed elections, and bombings, while Syria descends into civil war But in the midst of it all, a quieter revolution has begun to emerge, one that might ultimately do to change the face of the rDespite the world s elation at the Arab Spring, shockingly little has changed politically in the Middle East even frontliners Egypt and Tunisia continue to suffer repression, fixed elections, and bombings, while Syria descends into civil war But in the midst of it all, a quieter revolution has begun to emerge, one that might ultimately do to change the face of the region entrepreneurship As a seasoned angel investor in emerging markets, Christopher Schroeder was curious but skeptical about the future of investing in the Arab world Travelling to Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, and even Damascus, he saw thousands of talented, successful, and intrepid entrepreneurs, all willing to face cultural, legal, and societal impediments inherent to their worlds Equally important, he saw major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, and Living Social making significant bets, despite the uncertainty in the region Here, he marries his own observations with the predictions of these tech giants to offer a surprising and timely look at the second stealth revolution in the Middle East one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and progress.

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    About “Christopher M. Schroeder”

    1. Christopher M. Schroeder

      Christopher M Schroeder is a Washington D.C and New York City based entrepreneur and venture investor He co founded HealthCentral, one of the nation s largest social and content platforms in health and wellness, backed by Sequoia Capital, Polaris Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Allen Company and IAC Corporation The company was sold to the health media publisher, Remedy Health, in January 2012 where Schroeder remained a board advisor Previously he was CEO of washingtonpostwsweek interactive and LegiSlate, the b2b interactive platform on US and state legislation and regulation that he sold in 2000 He currently is an active investor in and advisor to top US venture capital funds and over a dozen consumer facing social media startups He has had a career in finance and served in President George HW Bush s White House and Department of State on the staffs of James A Baker, III and Robert B Zoellick.Schroeder was invited to speak and mentor at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship in Dubai in 2010, one of the first major gathering of tech startups in the Middle East, and it began his journey that became Startup Rising In thirteen subsequent trips to the region, interviewing over 150 entrepreneurs, investors and global tech leaders, he has written extensively about startups and technology in emerging growth markets for The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, AllThingsD, TechCrunch, Pando Daily, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider among other publications He speaks regularly around the globe, and sits on the board of advisors of The American University of Cairo School of Business, the Jordanian incubator Oasis500, the Middle East online entrepreneur information platform and network wamda He was named one of LinkedIn top 50 Influencers.Schroeder is also on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Germany, The Dean s Board of the American University School of International Service, and member of the French American Foundation and Council on Foreign Relations He graduated with honors from The Harvard Business School, and magna cum laude from Harvard College Schroeder is married and has three children.

    739 thoughts on “Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East”

    1. كتاب استعرض فيه الباحث عبر كثير من المقابلات والاستقراء في تجارب ريادي الاعمال في المنطقة العربية باحث في الصعوبات التي واجهتهم وكيف تخطوها لتصبح مثالا للتميز قصص لشركات مثل أرامكس ونيمشي وn2v وغيرها في بلدان كالاردن ومصر والإمارات الكتاب ملهم ومن النوع الثقيل في مادته ومعل [...]


    2. Christopher Schroeder has written a very good primer to understanding the startup scene within the Middle East. The key to appreciating this book is realizing that the author is not trying to boil the proverbial ocean. He limits the scope to a few key countries within the region and graciously acknowledges other works for coverage not included within Startup Rising, e.g the Israeli technology scene. Scope issues aside, Mr. Schroeder does cover a number of areas that any investor or business cont [...]


    3. Startup Rising hinted at exploring how startups where shaping the economies of the Middle East. Instead the author tries, and fails to link Middle East startups to the political landscape. The author clearly knows nothing of the Middle East.There is some value in the book in that the author interviews a lot of entrepreneurs and the book could serve as a historical anthology of Middle East Startups. Unfortunately there is no cogent link between the various stories other than one entrepreneur intr [...]


    4. كتاب (نهضة الشركات الناشئة: ثورة ريادة الأعمال في الشرق الأوسط)المؤلف: كريستوفر شرودرعدد الصفحات 308-----------------------يتحدث الكاتب شرودر عن الوضع الاستثماري للشركات الناشئة في الشرق الأوسط من خلال مقابلة ما يقارب 150 ريادي في المنطقة معظمهم من الشباب الذي يحكون قصص نجاحاتهم والتحد [...]


    5. الكتاب يفتح لقارئه الأمل بالقدرة على أن يكون رياديا أكثر مما كان يتصور من قبل، فهو يمر سريعا على مجموعة كبيرة من المشروعات الريادية التي نشأت مؤخرا في الشرق الأوسط، ويحكي تجارب روادها، وبعض التحديات التي واجهتهم.ما جعلني أعطي الكتاب تقييما أقل من الخمس نجوم هو عدم ذكر تفاصي [...]



    6. "If I have one hope for Startup Rising, it is that it will inspre people to rethink our conceptions about the Middle East and engage." - Christopher M. Schroeder"Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East" by Christopher M. Schroeder, is a non-fiction business book of 256 pages that would not take much time to read due to it's simplicity and the way it is composed of stories of different people from different backgrounds with different experiences, keeping you contin [...]


    7. A great read for anyone interested in the world of tech startups in the Middle East. The author writes about young Arab entrepreneurs in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt who through their opportunity to change the fabric of society with technology, could run faster than the old guards of 'stability and power' to disrupt markets.A blend of Arab diaspora returning home to seek change, dissatisfied youth of the Arab Spring and the untapped potential of a 290 million population (50% under age 15) were ingr [...]


    8. Disclaimer: I work in the IT scene in the Middle East since 2010, and I met Chris while he was writing the book.At the time I met Chris, I wasn't sure what to make of him. However, I really like the book. It is well researched, and it tried to be real - not based on over simplification or anecdotes. Even the last chapter, title "religion and entrepreneurship", I was very skeptical when I reached it, but was genuinely impressed by the seriousness and depth he discussed it.Further, Business Histor [...]


    9. Disclaimer: I won this book in a First Reads contest.As someone interested in the Middle East and the effects of the Arab Spring on the region, I found this book engaging and optimistic. It's an inspiring collection of anecdotes and discussions of how the future economy in the Middle East will be grown from the bottom up, instead of from the top down, "wasta"-driven framework of the past. My only quibble with the book was that for all the author's warnings about the West treating the Middle East [...]


    10. Just finished reading this incredible book about the forces of youth, technology and entrepreneurship that are reshaping the future of the Middle East. So inspiring! Required reading for all those interested in the new growth economies of our ever-shrinking world. The entrepreneurial ecosystems taking root in the region may surprise you. More importantly, they hold a potential answer to the looming question of high youth unemployment in the Middle East. The author looks at how some of this frust [...]


    11. Ordinarily I wouldn't read a book like this. I'm so glad I had put my name in (and won) this book through First Reads! I wanted to learn more about the tech industry and about the Middle East. I'm not especially knowledgeable about either and wanted to educate myself about both before giving an opinion when out socially. The author gives examples of how these enterpreneurs are able to 'get out there' and overcome hurdles, then pass forward their knowledge to those following them. I've already re [...]


    12. Chris Schroeder has written an amazing book, which adds a significant additional perspective on the Middle East. He combines geopolitical, religious, and regulatory context with inspiring stories of entrepreneurs starting significant businesses. At a time when most of our media information about the region focuses on instability and conflict, Chris explains how the real 'uprising' is the power of technology and entrepreneurship. Startup Rising is a breath of fresh air and full of concrete exampl [...]


    13. كتاب يغرق في تفاصيل ريادة الأعمال في منطقة الشرق الأوسط ويتحدث مع رياديين كثر عن المصاعب والعقبات التي وقفت في طريقهم تم تأليف الكتاب خلال فترة الربيع العربي لذلك ألمح المؤلف بأن ثورة الشركات الناشئة وجيل الرياديين هي أحدى ثمار الثورات العربية إن لم تكن أهم من الثورات نفسه [...]


    14. Schroeder gives a plethora of stories that will shock you about the movement towards entrepreneurship in the Middle East. However, it seems like he makes a thesis and then just gives example after example that don't necessarily build on each other to make a larger conclusive statement. Despite a lack of cohesion, the book will leave you with a fundamentally different view of the Middle East and its potential for growth. Three Stars: Awesome stories, but a poor structure leaves you with great sto [...]


    15. Schroeder has done the work, spent the time in the region, and has written an enlightened and informative book providing insights and inspiring anecdotes of the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. Chris shows that the 21st Century 'uprising' comes from leveraging the power of technology and entrepreneurship, and supports the thesis that one concrete way to create economic opportunity in the Middle East is to focus on the ability of emerging companies and their leaders to create jobs and [...]


    16. I won a copy of this work through a giveaway. I entered the giveaway because this was not a book I would normally pick up and read. For better or worse (depending on what perspective one looks at) - I confirmed my thoughts This was not a book for me. Perhaps I can pass this on to someone else who would be more interested I have several friends who might be more inclined to read topics relating to entrepreneurial matters.


    17. The book offers a very different view of what is happening in the Middle East - one not covered by the mainstream media. Schroeder paints a the picture via compelling stories of entrepreneurs throughout the region (with a focus on Arab countries, rather than Israel). Stories of entrepreneurial perseverance are always compelling - even more so here given the macro and micro challenges these entrepreneurs face.


    18. I might be biased because I'm a friend of Chris. The truth is: before knowing Chris, I got a copy of his book from my teen entrepreneur sons who got their first copy from the icon of entrepreneurship in the Middle East, Fadi Ghandour. I read this book in 2 days from cover to cover. Then few months later I got a copy of the same book in Arabic. Chris was generous with his coverage & details with plenty of real life examples.


    19. It's very inspiring to read the stories of entrepreneurs building great things with a desire to improve the Arab World. Schroeder is a seasoned executive who asks great questions in his well written book here. Countless stories that highlight the tech startup word in the Middle East make this a very engaging book you can't put down.


    20. very good narrative about entrepreneurship & startups in the Middle East, and their dynamics during 2010- 2012. much have changes since then,however: technology is changing the startups ecosystem every day, therefore, another narrative of what happened during the last two years since the publication of the book is very much desirablery entertaining.


    21. Chris has provided an excellent insight on entrepreneurship in the Middle East , I hate giving away too much details but all I will say is that if you're in the Middle East or not , this is one of the books that you just have to read because given all the negative image portrayed by main stream media , this book doesn't only refute it but also gives you hope that the best is yet to come


    22. Decent book for an overview of the entrepreneurial movement in the Middle East. However, it is essentially a journalistic account of various conversations and experiences the author had with not a whole lot of depth. It fulfills its informative purpose, though, and is useful in that respect.


    23. If you are interested in the start up world and the Middle East, you will find this book interesting. There are many inspiring stories of young Middle Eastern entrepreneurs starting companies against the greatest obstacles.


    24. Interesting, worth the read. Perhaps a little heavy on anecdotes and a little light on logic and background, but good. Sheds some light on an area of the world that VCs or entrepreneurs don't seem to be very focused on.


    25. Startup Rising recognises innovators, entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders in a series of inspiring stories about determination, grit, optimism and success. It is a series of beautiful stories from a region plagued by a negative narrative, it breaks the mould.


    26. This is the untold story of the nascent startup ecosystems of the Middle East. Its a testament that entrepreneurial spirit is sweeping the region, across country, gender and religious borders. I have seen no other source that examines this with as deep an insight.




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