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  • Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: Meet The Ron Conway Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: Meet The Ron Conway Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    If you are vaguely familiar with the Middle East startup scene, it’s impossible to escape the name Fadi Ghandour. From his office in Jordan, Ghandour has had a heavy hand in laying the foundation of the Arab world’s rising tech scene. Among his many hats, he founded Aramex, the first Arab company to go public on the Nasdaq in 1997, was an instrumental investor in Maktoob (picked up… Read More

  • Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: The New Kitchen Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    It has been roughly one year since Yahoo! made waves in the Middle East, by buying Maktoob, the region’s largest web portal for $164 million. From Silicon Valley’s observation deck that may seem like small peanuts— these days we barely bat an eye when HP and Dell get into a multi-billion dollar tug-of-war game. However, for the Middle East and in particular Jordan, the… Read More

  • Yahoo’s Former Chief Data Officer On Their $800 Million Mistake (TCTV)

    Yahoo’s Former Chief Data Officer On Their $800 Million Mistake (TCTV)

    Dr. Usama Fayyad has worn several hats at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Microsoft, his startups DigiMine and DMX, and of course, at Yahoo where he was their Chief Data Officer for four years. It’s a rich resume with one unifying theme: data. Few people have spent as much time as Fayyad ruminating on this one subject. From finding volcanoes on Venus to creating better algorithms for… Read More