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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Show up. Be inspired. Get connected.

Show up. Be inspired. Get connected.   I’m super excited about our upcoming events for 4 reasons: 1) The positive vibe: You have to experience a Startup Grind event to know what I mean. I don’t know what it is exactly, but it’s fun being around ambitious entrepreneurs connecting with one another and learning from…

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And the GCC Pitch Challenge Winners are…

And the GCC Pitch Challenge Winners are…     Last week Sirdab Lab hosted Startup MENA’s GCC Pitch Challenge, and the experience was wonderful. Seeing startup founders experiencing one epiphany after another as they rotated between mentors is exciting, because it means that they’ll be able to make better decisions, find more realistic business models,…

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