Start up Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East: The Experience featuring Chris Schroeder

November 13, 2013 - 12:00am to 2:00am
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In the wake of the Arab Spring, Egypt continues to destabilize with significant bloodshed and political instability, Tunisia endures repression, fixed elections, and bombings, while Syria's civil war continues to boil. But in the midst of it all, a quieter revolution has emerged, one that might ultimately do more to change the face of the region: entrepreneurship. 
As a seasoned angel investor in emerging markets, Chris Schroeder, CEO of, was curious but skeptical about the future of investing in the Arab world. In Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Dubai, and Istanbul, he saw thousands of talented, successful, and intrepid entrepreneurs, all willing to face cultural, legal, and societal challenges. Equally important, he saw major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and PayPal making significant bets, despite the uncertainty and instability. 
In Startup Rising, Schroeder marries his own observations with the predictions of these tech giants to offer a surprising and timely look at the second stealth revolution in the Middle East—one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and progress.