Middle East

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is coming soon to Beirut, São Paulo and Lagos

Everyone knows there are thriving startup communities outside of obvious hubs like San Francisco, Berlin, Bangalore and Beijing, but they don’t always get the support they deserve. Last year, Te

The Hybrid and Gaza Sky Geeks are helping Arab-Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs overcome adversity

Imagine trying to build a business in a country where 90 percent of the water is undrinkable, electricity only works four hours a day and your travel is restricted to an area four times the size of Ma

Uber’s European rival Taxify raises $175M led by Daimler at a $1B valuation

There’s a new unicorn in the global ride-hailing space after Taxify, a startup born in Estonia that does battle with Uber across Europe and Africa, closed $175 million in new funding that takes

Russia starts blocking Telegram for failing to turn over encryption keys

The Russian state telecommunication regulator has started to block Telegram, as expected. This comes after the messaging company refused to give Russian security services encryption keys. The service

Chemi Peres of Pitango VC joins us at TechCrunch Tel Aviv, June 7

TechCrunch is returning to Tel Aviv on 7 June 2018 for a day-long conference, where we will be digging into one of Israel’s biggest tech strengths: mobility and everything that implies, from com

Microsoft announces its first cloud regions in the Middle East

Microsoft today announced its plans for a major expansion of the Microsoft Cloud with the launch of its first cloud regions in the Middle East. These new regions, which are scheduled to go online in

Uber Eats will expand to 100 new cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2018

Uber Eats is pushing its international growth with a sizeable expansion across EMEA markets today. The Uber-owned on-demand food delivery app intends to serve 100 new cities spanning Europe, the Middl

The Muscat micromeetup has been modified

I had originally planned to run a pitch-off in Muscat today from 3pm to 6pm but it looks like that is cancelled. I only received 12 requests to pitch and of that group only two companies confirmed the

I want to hear your pitch in Oman this Thursday

Just a remind that I’m holding one of our patented MicroMeetups in Muscat, Oman on Thursday November 9th from 3pm to 6:30pm. We will meet at the Sheraton Oman. There is no RSVP list so just show

Snap blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia to “comply with local laws”

Snap has bowed to pressure from the government of Saudi Arabia to censor a news channel operated by the Qatar-based news broadcaster, Al Jazeera, from the Snapchat Discover section of its app.

Crunch Report | David Letterman Is Coming to Netflix

David Letterman is coming to Netflix, Didi Chuxing backs Careem in the Middle East, Crusie is running an autonomous ride-hailing service and Andrew Ng launches Deeplearning.ai. All this on Crunch Repo

Crunch Report | Twitter Redesigns Desktop and Mobile

Twitter gets a redesign to their Desktop and mobile expereince, Slack is raising $500 Million at a $5 billion valuation, Musically starts creating original content and Careem raises $150 Million. All

Uber rival Careem closes $500M raise at $1B+ valuation as Daimler steps in

Amid ongoing struggles at Uber, one of its stronger regional rivals in transportation on demand has raised a significant round of funding, picking up a significant strategic investor in the process. C

Rocket Internet sells 51% of fashion site Namshi to Dubai’s Emaar Malls for $151M

Emaar Malls missed out on a bid to buy Souq when Amazon picked up the Dubai-based online retailer for about $650 million in March. Now, the retailing giant of the Middle East is making another acquisi

500 Startups closes $15M fund to back founders in the Middle East and North Africa

Fresh off closing a $10 million fund earlier this year for Latin American startups, 500 Startups has pulled together capital for a new $15 million fund that will exclusively target startups in the Mid

Amazon to acquire Souq, a Middle East clone once valued at $1B, for $650M

Amazon continues its march across the globe, and one of its newest targets is the Middle East. According to multiple reports that we have confirmed with our own sources, the e-commerce giant has acqui

Uber’s Middle Eastern rival Careem raises $350M at a $1B valuation

2016 is almost out but there's just time to anoint one more ride-sharing unicorn. Careem, one of Uber's lower profile rivals in emerging markets, has taken a step into the global limelight today after

E-Commerce Stakes Are High In The Mideast After The Largest Ever A Round For Wadi.com

The desire to dominate the e-commerce market in the Middle East is strong. And investors are getting into the action.

In The Middle East, Increasing Startup Opportunities Bring Hope

The presence of the investors – in large numbers from both the region and beyond, including Silicon Valley – at a recent RiseUp event in Cairo indicated that entrepreneurship in the Middle East is

Tips For Silicon Valley From A Startup Accelerator In Gaza

Founding a startup is difficult anywhere in the world, but it’s especially hard in Gaza. Since the war one year ago, Gaza has been nominally peaceful -- but the norm is Gaza is not easy: six hours o
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