Reader Tips For Greater Productivity

Reader Tips For Greater Productivity   Wow. I was very impressed with the feedback I received for my last email. Productivity is certainly relevant to many of our readers, and in this newsletter I’ll be sharing some of the best tips I received. But before that: I think it’s really important to organize productivity advice…

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Are You a Productive Person?

Are You a Productive Person?   I recently read an article where the author made the feat of writing a book sound insanely simple. In fact, he claimed he once wrote a book without realizing it! I dismissed the article as being too simplistic, and the advice probably didn’t apply to me. But hours later…

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Should a Leader be Loved or Feared?

Should a Leader be Loved or Feared?   An interesting question was raised during The Salon’s discussion on The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli last week: Would you rather be feared or loved? Though the book was written over 500 years ago, the question can nevertheless be applied to many situations today, including the workplace. Machiavelli…

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Last Chance to sign up for the UX workshop

Last Chance to Sign Up for The UX Workshop   During the members-only Creative Team Challenge last week, we had several team building activities with different objectives. One of them was to build a tower that could hold a small stone for ten seconds using 30 straws, a pair of scissors and two strips of…

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A Tech Startup’s Success Depends on This…

A Tech Startup’s Success Depends on This…   One of the most awkward conversations I’ve had with my wife was explaining to her what a “man crush” was, and how I had it for Dr Naif Al-Mutawa. If you attended last week’s Startup Grind event you’ll understand why I admire him so much. Unfortunately, I wasn’t…

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Open This Post for a Bunch of Updates

Open This Post for a Bunch of Updates   I’m back! I miss writing for the fine people of this newsletter. Hope you’ve had a couple of wonderful weeks since I last wrote to you. I feel like I have so much to share that I don’t know where to begin.  OK, so yesterday Ahmad and…

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Did You Miss Us? We Missed You Too

Did You Miss Us? We Missed You Too Last Tuesday Haider and I had the pleasure of attending the Step Conference in Dubai. It was an opportunity to refuel our information database, expand our startup community network, polish our communication skills, and take a more in-depth look into the startup community in the Middle East…

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Get into the Habit of Experimentation

Get into the Habit of Experimentation   We’re still recovering from the excitement we experienced in last week’s Cofounder Speed Dating event. The short spell of rain made the night even more memorable as the participants took shelter and continued their conversations. Honestly, I didn’t think the night would be such a success. One participant said…

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Why You Need A Co-Founder

Why You Need A Co-Founder   In this week’s post I’d like to share a personal story about how it took me 3 years to start Sirdab Lab.  While doing my MBA in San Francisco, I got a chance to work closely with startups in an amazing accelerator program. I fell in love with the energy…

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