Archive for October, 2010

Venture: Entrepreneurs Ask. We Answer. We Publish

We love communities! The YallaStartup Q&A has been a great tool to get real world questions answered by our extensive network of experts and readers. Your leadership to help each other has helped realize a collaboration between YallaStartup and Venture Magazine. Starting this month, great questions and answers you crowd source will be featured in Venture Magazine. This is only the beginning of a work we have planned with our friends at Venture.
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Creative Commons comes to Beirut on October 25!

Creative Commons is finally coming to Lebanon and we are super excited about it.  Joi Ito and Larry Lessig one of the two most prominent names in the history of the internet will be speaking live at AUB on the 25th! Make sure you don’t miss this one in a life time oppotunity to mingle with the Internet Wizards! On the same night there will be a very fun Creative Commons Salon party in Karaj Beirut.

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Women Tech Entrepreneurs, Where art Thou?

We are only a few weeks away from StartupWeekend and are super excited for the potential. So far more than 150 attendees are going to show up to create more than 40 projects and startups! It’s going to be an awesome and fun weekend and we can’t wait to see the community getting together for an all action event!

There is one thing issue that is still bugging us though … The majority of the attendees currently registered are men! Women Startup enthusiasts, designers, developers, entrepreneurs where are you? We need you and your creative minds at our YallaStartup Weekend event!

Yes, we think the next Bill Gates, Sergey Brin or Steve Jobs might be at the weekend but what about the next Carol Bartz (Yahoo), the next Meg Whitman (eBay), Marissa Mayer (Google), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook) or Catherina Fake (Flickr).

To help spur your interest, we want to offer 15 free passes to Women for YallaStartup Weekend. Just drop us a quick comment below or send us an email and you are in! Yes, it’s that easy!

Thanks to our friends at Seeqnce for initiating the lead on this last week!

Check our StartupWeeekend FAQ, and our blog posts on tips to shine at the weekend and reasons to attend!


10 Tips to prepare and shine at YallaStartup Weekend

Startup Weekend is coming up fast, so we’ve prepared some helpful tips to help you make the most of it. The weekend will pass by quickly, but as long as you keep a few things in mind, you’ll be in control of your time. Read on for some helpful tips.

1. Come prepared

Make sure you read the F.A.Q page  before the event.

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MENA ICT Forum Road Trip – Day 2

By Amad Almsaodi

Surprisingly, the 2nd day of the MENA ICT Forum was as exciting as the 1st day, if not more engaging and informative. The day started with a Social Media discussion, and Alexander McNabb from Spot On PR declared Print and traditional media agencies dead. This statement kicked off a heated discussion between the panelists and some of the audience who tried to defend TV advertising and traditional media. Alexander delivered a storm of proofs that back his statement, and his KO punch was highlighting the increasing number of newspapers going bankrupt globally and regionally. The verdict is traditional media is going south if they do not embrace the new media.
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MENA ICT Forum Road Trip – Day 1

By Amad Almsaodi

Today was the first day of the MENA ICT Forum that was held in Amman, Jordan. The MENA ICT Forum is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Information and Communications Technology Enabled Services (ICTES) industry event for the MENA region, that is held in Jordan on a bi-annual basis.

Todays panel discussions included a set of diverse topics ranging from the importance of Cloud computing to promoting Entrepreneurship in the region. Each panel included a mix of global and regional experts. Panel discussions were followed by interesting questions by the audience and sometimes the audience were asked to vote. One of the voting questions was: What’s the Arab worlds greatest limitation in ICT? The audience agreed that the greatest limitation is the mind set; however, some of the panelists disagreed by pointing to the lack of management expertise as the true limitation.
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5 reasons to attend YallaStartup Weekend

1. Network, meet potential co-founders and investors

A huge challenge to most entrepreneurs is finding other like-minded people that share the same passions, and compliment their skill-sets. At YallaStartup weekend you’ll get the chance to spend 54 hours surrounded by people that eat their morning bowls of cereal thinking “startup”, and fall asleep thinking how to create the next big thing. In fact, 85% of all previous StartupWeekend participants still kept in touch with someone they met at the event!

2. Build awesome companies

Go from idea to launch. You have 54 hours to figure out everything from the mission, your target market, your competitors and your go-to market strategies. You will also have to give a full presentation of a working prototype and validation of concept to your peers. Over 36% of the Startup Weekend Startups are still active. Over 10% of companies go on to produce revenue or get seed funding, but every time people leave with more experience, insight, knowledge, friends, and resources than they came with.

3. Unlimited Learning Potential

Learn the best practices of UX or how to build a viral marketing strategy and get live feedback on your ideas. Rather than just theorizing, put your brain and hands to work and create, iterate, and then learn how to sell your idea. As much as ideas are important execution is what makes or breaks them. Take this opportunity to develop, and present in front of peers and experts. Not only is it a stage for you to practice on, but you will interact with some of the community’s best and brightest (including yourself!) and learn from each others.

4. Awesome PR

YallaStatup media partners include ReadWriteWeb, The NextWeb Middle East, Knowledge@Wharton, StartupArabia, Hibr,  iTech Entrepreneurs, Executive Magazine, Naharnet and more … This is your chance to be featured on the most respected and read news sources, both regionally and world-wide.

5. Win great prizes and most importantly HAVE FUN

Startup Weekend has been represented in 100 cities and 23 countries, has had over 15,000 entrepreneurs in just 3 years and has launched over 560 new ventures! YallaStartup has brought Startup Weekend to the Middle East for the first time ever. Now is your chance to be part of this entrepreneurial network and to kick-start your company or idea.
As Wayne Gretzky put it, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take , so don’t miss this one, Yalla come and Startup!
Click here to sign up if you haven’t already.

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More than 100 people have registered from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and more so what are you waiting for, come on join them and create awesome products! YallaStartup Weekeend!