Amid the slightly chaotic world we live in these days, technology and the Internet marches on, like a great cloud moving across the Earth, unstoppable. This Cloud has no politics about where it goes. Sometimes it’s has issues here and there. But it just keeps rolling. And the latest country the Internet startup economy is emerging is: Iran.
Now Techly.co, a new TechCrunch-esque blog written entirely in English, has launched to try and rally the country’s nascent tech scene.
Ghanemzadeh has also helped organise the Lean Startup Machine Tehran and several Startup Weekends.
Ranjbar, while acting as Editor in Chief of Techly.co, is also the founder of Shariksho, the first co-working space in Iran.
“As you know Iran right now is a ‘black box’ for most people outside it. We hope to open up the scene here and cover Iranian startup and tech news,” Ghanemzadeh told me, speaking from Tehran. “We have more 100 startups all growing fast. Every week a new startup is born.”
Iran Startups even have T-Shirts. The above was a present to Roxanne Varza, an ethnic Iranian based in Paris with Microsoft’s Accelerator, who recently met with the scene there (mine is poised to be revealed).
With international events starting to appear in the country, such as the recent FailCon Tehran and the Iran Startups group on Facebook swelling to 3,500+ members, the country seems well on its way to begin the process of joining the international tech startup community.