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Payments, Bureaucracy and Brain Drains: Cairo Stands at a Startup Crossroads

When Willie Elamien first showed up in Cairo in 2014, the city’s startup scene was very different than it is now. There was hardly any government support. People rarely saw entrepreneurialism as…

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Istanbul Continues to Grow as a Global Startup Hub – Despite its Sultan’s Power Grab

These are strange times in Turkey. In 2015 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan barely clung onto power in an unconvincing election victory,  just two years after popular protesters swept through Turkey from Istanbul’s…

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Report: Israeli High-Tech Exits Way Down in 2017

Israeli high-tech exits in the first half of 2017 have fallen far short of their total this time last year, according to a report. The IVC-Meitar Exits Report today discovered that the…

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CES Asia Kicks Off in Shanghai

CES Asia, one of the continent’s premier technology events, has begun in Shanghai, China. The three-day event, running until June 9, showcases the best in Asian consumer technology across 19 verticals including…

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All Hail the Unicorn Maker: Is SoftBank’s Vision Fund Good for Tech?

Masayoshi Son has always been a bit of a gambler. In 2000, during the first dot com bubble, the 59-year-old SoftBank founder lost a record $70 billion. Undeterred, he continued with his…

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Mindblower Marketplace’s Carmit Turgeman: Inventors Need a Marketplace Too

This month Israel-based crowdfund MindBlower announced MindBlower Marketplace, a pre-sale channel for inventors to take their ideas from concept to market. Its leadership, which includes “original Mad Man” George Lois and publicity…

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Rouhani’s Re-Election: A Victory for Moderate Iran, and its Entrepreneurs

It’s the economy, stupid. At least, that was the word on the streets of Tehran this Friday, as around 70% of Iran’s 80 million people elected their next President. The Middle Eastern…

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SoftBank Tech Fund Becomes World’s Largest with $93bn War Chest

SoftBank has announced that it has raised $93 billion for a new tech investment fund, which will become the largest in history. The Japanese telecoms giant, currently valued at $78.6bn, raised capital for…

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WannaCry: North Korea’s Real-Life Frailty is its Hacking Strength

Cybercrime experts at some of the world’s largest security companies have today announced that coding in the devastating WannaCry ransomware attack, bears similarities to the work of North Korean cybergang the Lazarus…

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HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 19:  Customers look at the new iPhones on display at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iphone 6 plus at the Apple IFC store on September 19, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. On September 19, Apple's new products, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with iOS 8 featuring 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, have become available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in more than 20 additional countries beginning on September 26.(Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 19:  Customers look at the new iPhones on display at the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and iphone 6 plus at the Apple IFC store on September 19, 2014 in Hong Kong, China. On September 19, Apple's new products, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with iOS 8 featuring 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, have become available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK, and will be available in more than 20 additional countries beginning on September 26.(Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

ELLIQ: Intuition Robotics Bridges Uncanny Valley To Cure Loneliness Epidemic

Ever found the increasing number of humanoid robots a little, well, creepy? You’re not alone. In fact, in 1970 professor Masahiro Mori coined a phrase for the unease we feel when a…

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