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Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

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Despite the world's elation at the Arab Spring, shockingly little has changed politically in the Middle East; even frontliners Egypt and Tunisia continue to suffer repression, fixed elections, and bombings, while Syria descends into civil war. But in the midst of it all, a quieter revolution has begun to emerge, one that might ultimately do more to change the face of the r ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by St. Martin's Press
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Ibrahim Altamimi
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب استعرض فيه الباحث عبر كثير من المقابلات والاستقراء في تجارب ريادي الاعمال في المنطقة العربية باحث في الصعوبات التي واجهتهم وكيف تخطوها لتصبح مثالا للتميز قصص لشركات مثل أرامكس ونيمشي وn2v وغيرها في بلدان كالاردن ومصر والإمارات
الكتاب ملهم ومن النوع الثقيل في مادته ومعلوماته
Muhammad Arrabi
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I work in the IT scene in the Middle East since 2010, and I met Chris while he was writing the book.

At the time I met Chris, I wasn't sure what to make of him. However, I really like the book. It is well researched, and it tried to be real - not based on over simplification or anecdotes. Even the last chapter, title "religion and entrepreneurship", I was very skeptical when I reached it, but was genuinely impressed by the seriousness and depth he discussed it.

Further, Business Histor
Michael Armao
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christopher Schroeder has written a very good primer to understanding the startup scene within the Middle East. The key to appreciating this book is realizing that the author is not trying to boil the proverbial ocean. He limits the scope to a few key countries within the region and graciously acknowledges other works for coverage not included within Startup Rising, e.g., the Israeli technology scene. Scope issues aside, Mr. Schroeder does cover a number of areas that any investor or business co ...more
Karim Merhej
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is an interesting and unconventional book dealing with a specific aspect of the Middle East region: the startup scene. Published in early 2013 (at a time when the euphoria and optimism around the Arab uprisings of 2011 was beginning to wane) and written by Christopher Schroeder, an American venture capitalist and investor, the book provides a lot of nice insights and anecdotes about startups in the region. The author conducted several field trips to the region and had in-depth interviews wi ...more
كتاب (نهضة الشركات الناشئة: ثورة ريادة الأعمال في الشرق الأوسط)
المؤلف: كريستوفر شرودر
عدد الصفحات 308
يتحدث الكاتب شرودر عن الوضع الاستثماري للشركات الناشئة في الشرق الأوسط من خلال مقابلة ما يقارب 150 ريادي في المنطقة معظمهم من الشباب الذي يحكون قصص نجاحاتهم والتحديات التي كانت موجودة أمامهم خلال مسيرتهم الريادية،، وبنفس الوقت ينبه العالم الغربي للطاقة الكامنة والفرص الموجودة في المنطقة اذا ما أرادوا الاستثمار بالمنطقة.
كتاب يحمل قصص ملهمة في بعضها، ومحفزة للشباب لإستخدام الت
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good insights into the MENA ecosystem, now a few years out there are certainly a few trends that have already been realized and others that may take more time. Chris manages to speak to and highlight the key people in the ecosystem and is one of the most knowledgeable people to look at entrepreneurship in the region so it's a great read if you're curious to learn more. ...more
حسين الخباز
الكتاب يفتح لقارئه الأمل بالقدرة على أن يكون رياديا أكثر مما كان يتصور من قبل، فهو يمر سريعا على مجموعة كبيرة من المشروعات الريادية التي نشأت مؤخرا في الشرق الأوسط، ويحكي تجارب روادها، وبعض التحديات التي واجهتهم.

ما جعلني أعطي الكتاب تقييما أقل من الخمس نجوم هو عدم ذكر تفاصيل كافية من تجارب الشركات الناشئة واكتفاء الكاتب بذكر أمور سريعة وقد تعتبر سطحية أحيانا عن تلك المشروعات الناشئة.
Ian Hathaway
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chris is one of the deepest, and most original thinkers on the subject of entrepreneurship and its rise around the globe. More than that, he's a doer--with hard-earned knowledge of many markets around the world, Chris has a unique perspective that is hard to match. ...more
Mahmoud Rashad
Sep 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب دسم بالمعلومات ومفيد للغايه يحوي تجارب وخبرات رواد الأعمال في الوطن العربي وتحليل العقبات والصعوبات التي تواجههم سواء بسبب تقييد الحكومات و مستوي التعليم ..ولكن في النهايه هو ينبئ بمستقبل مشرق لرياديو الأعمال العرب والشركات الناشئة
Mohmed Esam
زاويه اخري لريادة الاعمال
Hayden Mills
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great introduction to the startup scene in the Arab World. Very interesting and helpful.
Alaa Bit Hashim
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it

"If I have one hope for Startup Rising, it is that it will inspre people to rethink our conceptions about the Middle East and engage." - Christopher M. Schroeder

"Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East" by Christopher M. Schroeder, is a non-fiction business book of 256 pages that would not take much time to read due to it's simplicity and the way it is composed of stories of different people from different backgrounds with different experiences, keeping you co
Gokhan Polat
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: product-read
A great read for anyone interested in the world of tech startups in the Middle East. The author writes about young Arab entrepreneurs in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt who through their opportunity to change the fabric of society with technology, could run faster than the old guards of 'stability and power' to disrupt markets.

A blend of Arab diaspora returning home to seek change, dissatisfied youth of the Arab Spring and the untapped potential of a 290 million population (50% under age 15) were ingr
T Hamboyan Harrison
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I won this book in a First Reads contest.

As someone interested in the Middle East and the effects of the Arab Spring on the region, I found this book engaging and optimistic. It's an inspiring collection of anecdotes and discussions of how the future economy in the Middle East will be grown from the bottom up, instead of from the top down, "wasta"-driven framework of the past.

My only quibble with the book was that for all the author's warnings about the West treating the Middle East
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading this incredible book about the forces of youth, technology and entrepreneurship that are reshaping the future of the Middle East. So inspiring! Required reading for all those interested in the new growth economies of our ever-shrinking world. The entrepreneurial ecosystems taking root in the region may surprise you. More importantly, they hold a potential answer to the looming question of high youth unemployment in the Middle East. The author looks at how some of this frust ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Ordinarily I wouldn't read a book like this. I'm so glad I had put my name in (and won) this book through First Reads! I wanted to learn more about the tech industry and about the Middle East. I'm not especially knowledgeable about either and wanted to educate myself about both before giving an opinion when out socially. The author gives examples of how these enterpreneurs are able to 'get out there' and overcome hurdles, then pass forward their knowledge to those following them. I've already re ...more
Dick Simon
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chris Schroeder has written an amazing book, which adds a significant additional perspective on the Middle East. He combines geopolitical, religious, and regulatory context with inspiring stories of entrepreneurs starting significant businesses. At a time when most of our media information about the region focuses on instability and conflict, Chris explains how the real 'uprising' is the power of technology and entrepreneurship. Startup Rising is a breath of fresh air and full of concrete exampl ...more
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كتاب يغرق في تفاصيل ريادة الأعمال في منطقة الشرق الأوسط ويتحدث مع رياديين كثر عن المصاعب والعقبات التي وقفت في طريقهم ... تم تأليف الكتاب خلال فترة الربيع العربي لذلك ألمح المؤلف بأن ثورة الشركات الناشئة وجيل الرياديين هي أحدى ثمار الثورات العربية إن لم تكن أهم من الثورات نفسها،يملك المؤلف نظرة تفائلية عن الشرق الأوسط ويعتقد أن سيكون سيليكون ڤالي جديد وهي نظرة مُستغربة من شخص أمريكي.! .. لكن مايعزز ثقتة في الرياديين هنا هو طبيعة عملة التي في الأساس تدور حول ريادة الأعمال وبناء الشركات .. لذلك ست ...more
Anne Ward
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Schroeder gives a plethora of stories that will shock you about the movement towards entrepreneurship in the Middle East. However, it seems like he makes a thesis and then just gives example after example that don't necessarily build on each other to make a larger conclusive statement. Despite a lack of cohesion, the book will leave you with a fundamentally different view of the Middle East and its potential for growth.

Three Stars: Awesome stories, but a poor structure leaves you with great sto
Jim Hornthal
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Schroeder has done the work, spent the time in the region, and has written an enlightened and informative book providing insights and inspiring anecdotes of the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. Chris shows that the 21st Century 'uprising' comes from leveraging the power of technology and entrepreneurship, and supports the thesis that one concrete way to create economic opportunity in the Middle East is to focus on the ability of emerging companies and their leaders to create jobs and ...more
Taylor Troncin
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I won a copy of this work through a goodreads giveaway.

I entered the giveaway because this was not a book I would normally pick up and read. For better or worse (depending on what perspective one looks at) - I confirmed my thoughts ... This was not a book for me.

Perhaps I can pass this on to someone else who would be more interested... I have several friends who might be more inclined to read topics relating to entrepreneurial matters.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The book offers a very different view of what is happening in the Middle East - one not covered by the mainstream media. Schroeder paints a the picture via compelling stories of entrepreneurs throughout the region (with a focus on Arab countries, rather than Israel). Stories of entrepreneurial perseverance are always compelling - even more so here given the macro and micro challenges these entrepreneurs face.

Dr. Husam M. Yaghi
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I might be biased because I'm a friend of Chris. The truth is: before knowing Chris, I got a copy of his book from my teen entrepreneur sons who got their first copy from the icon of entrepreneurship in the Middle East, Fadi Ghandour. I read this book in 2 days from cover to cover. Then few months later I got a copy of the same book in Arabic. Chris was generous with his coverage & details with plenty of real life examples. ...more
Arash Narchi
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's very inspiring to read the stories of entrepreneurs building great things with a desire to improve the Arab World. Schroeder is a seasoned executive who asks great questions in his well written book here. Countless stories that highlight the tech startup word in the Middle East make this a very engaging book you can't put down. ...more
Jihane Hakimi
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very good narrative about entrepreneurship & startups in the Middle East, and their dynamics during 2010- 2012. much have changes since then,however: technology is changing the startups ecosystem every day, therefore, another narrative of what happened during the last two years since the publication of the book is very much desirable.
very entertaining.
Omar Al Busaidy
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chris has provided an excellent insight on entrepreneurship in the Middle East , I hate giving away too much details but all I will say is that if you're in the Middle East or not , this is one of the books that you just have to read because given all the negative image portrayed by main stream media , this book doesn't only refute it but also gives you hope that the best is yet to come ...more
Jonathan Biddle
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Decent book for an overview of the entrepreneurial movement in the Middle East. However, it is essentially a journalistic account of various conversations and experiences the author had with not a whole lot of depth. It fulfills its informative purpose, though, and is useful in that respect.
Matt Bucklin
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in the start up world and the Middle East, you will find this book interesting. There are many inspiring stories of young Middle Eastern entrepreneurs starting companies against the greatest obstacles.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting, worth the read. Perhaps a little heavy on anecdotes and a little light on logic and background, but good. Sheds some light on an area of the world that VCs or entrepreneurs don't seem to be very focused on. ...more
Loulou El Khazen
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Startup Rising recognises innovators, entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders in a series of inspiring stories about determination, grit, optimism and success. It is a series of beautiful stories from a region plagued by a negative narrative, it breaks the mould.
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Christopher M. Schroeder is a Washington D.C. and New York City based entrepreneur and venture investor. He co-founded HealthCentral.com, one of the nation's largest social and content platforms in health and wellness, backed by Sequoia Capital, Polaris Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Allen & Company and IAC Corporation. The company was sold to the health media publisher, Remedy Health, in January 20 ...more

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