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Fifth Annual Endeavor Colombia Conference Brings Together Top Latin American Network Members in Bogotá

The 5th annual Endeavor Colombia Conference took place in Bogotá this month with the theme “A Day to Think Big”, aiming to inspire entrepreneurs and audiences with the high-impact stories of Endeavor’s network and provide a top forum for networking. The […]

October 21st, 2014 — by admin

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Endeavor Entrepreneurs Star at Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Conference

Endeavor Partner Ernst & Young hosted their annual World Entrepreneur Conference and World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program in Monte Carlo June 5 – 7 and a number of Endeavor Entrepreneurs were highlighted during […]

June 11th, 2013 — by admin

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Steve Welch of IBM talks about the development of Watson at Endeavor Summit

In mid-February of this year, NBC broke its ratings record as millions of American viewers tuned in to a see a game of Jeopardy! The impressive turnout wasn’t due to a collective bout of nostalgia, but interest in a particular unique contestant. Watson, a super-computer engineered by a team of 24 researchers at IBM, made history as the first non-human contestant to compete on the game show and beat the defending champion, effectively earning a one million dollar prize and awakening the world to a new brand of artificial intelligence.

Steve Welch, a Distinguished Engineer and Manager of Health Informatics for IBM and a member of the team that worked on Watson, spoke at the Endeavor Summit this summer about the engineering behind Watson’s development and the implications of this innovative technology for the world.

The biggest hurdle in developing Watson, Welch said, was getting a computer to understand natural human language. Unlike computer code, equations, or the key search terms we usually use to ‘talk’ with our computers, human language is nuanced, ambiguous and contextual. Years of experience and cognitive processes go into any form of verbal human communication, making it virtually impossible for a computer to decode. The breakthrough came in the form of a new paradigm that was created by an IBM summer student. His system reconfigured the way computers process language and provided IBM with the framework that would eventually define the super-computer’s consciousness.

Watson’s ‘brain’ is composed of seven banks of processors and 2,800 cores. The team of engineers and researchers behind his development spent years inputting thousands of pages of data into Watson’s knowledge base that could be called upon when answering questions on Jeopardy (Watson was not connected to the Internet during the game.) Unlike traditional search engines, Watson weighs supporting evidence for a number of different answers before producing a response. When it reports an answer, it can also provide the evidence that led to it and a level of confidence in the findings. Just like a real human, Watson learns to trust different sources of information based on past experience.

Watson’s development marks not only an innovative leap for technology, but also for art. IBM went to great lengths to develop Watson’s humanity, bringing in a voice actor to record thousands of lines and sounds as the basis of Watson’s ‘voice,’ and hiring a generative artist to design Watson’s face. The image created is a swarming globe that has 27 different states to illustrate Watson’s various moods – when he is very confident in is answer, the globe will swarm towards the top of the screen and glow green.

A member of the audience asked Welch where Watson was now: has it retired on its earnings to a life of leisure? Of course not. For now, Watson is an IBM employee working in healthcare and finance, two industries where there is an influx of information to be processed and analyzed. In the future, IBM hopes to develop practical applications for the Watson technology that will create benefits in many different facets of society.

eMBA Field Report: #Tahrir

By Andrew Smeall

Andrew is an MBA student at NYU’s Stern School of Business and is spending his summer as an eMBA at Hindawi in Cairo, Egypt. Enjoy his insights on life in an area that has received much attention of late…

I was certainly a bit nervous to assume my post in Cairo this summer, with articles like this quoting residents about the sense of danger in the city.

Upon arriving, however, I found the city quiet and friendly. Other than the looming, burned-out husks of the NDP headquarters and the Arkadia shopping center (which some bloggers have suggested preserving as memorials to the revolution), few visible traces remained of the January 25 demonstrations. Cairo appeared to be its normal, bustling, crowded self.

But apparently my visit has been anything but typical for this country, usually so dependent on tourism. On my first weekend here I wandered around an empty Egyptian Museum, and found myself almost alone in the room with King Tut’s treasures (normally it looks more like this I am told). The next week, I explored a sedate Khan el-Khalili market. Instead of the shoulder-to-shoulder squirming I was told to expect, I was able to ignore the hawking of the few active shopkeepers from within a large peaceful bubble of personal space. The economic situation here is precarious; the New York Times reports tourism is down 40%, which translates to a 2.5% decrease in GDP.

Cairo seemed to see the arrival of a visitor, any visitor, as a welcome sign that that recovery was on the horizon. I have been showered with friendliness and optimism. To my extremely untrained eye, however, I got the sense that the nation was holding its breath–no one seemed sure who was taking charge, no one seemed to think the country was ready for free elections in September, and a post-revolutionary sense of nationalism and divisiveness seemed to be growing. The system was clearly under intense stress.

The first cracks appeared yesterday, as Tahrir Square erupted in violence for the first time since February. The KFC I had eaten at on Tuesday while getting my work visa processed was looted and burned. About 1,000 people were injured in clashes with the police–who eventually ceded crowd control to the army–and sit-ins continue today.

Through all this, work at Hindawi goes on. We are located in the southeast of the city, and my commute to work passes over and around Tahrir on the giant flyover 26th of July Bridge. Although you can see smoke rising in the distance, the roads are clear and traffic is flowing (or what passes for flowing in Cairo) smoothly. Endeavor Entrepreneur Ahmed Hindawi and the staff here have been extremely welcoming, and I have been invited to join the strange Hindawi ritual of daily strategy lunches at the local Chili’s, of which I am now the Foursquare mayor.

Apart from our lunchtime brainstorm sessions, my work has focused on developing uFollow.com, a content aggregation platform. The site is not only one of the best ways to search for written content online, it also offers one of the only ways to follow specific authors across different platforms. While the project is a fairly straightforward marketing challenge, it comes with some interesting wrinkles.

With Egyptian wage levels, Hindawi can afford to do something that a start-up in the US never could: employ a team of highly-educated, talented researchers to comb the web looking for excellent content, build custom XSLT files to crawl thousands of sources and find bios and photos for nearly 40,000 authors. The same staff, however, struggles where a US start-up would thrive. Almost no one at Hindawi actually uses uFollow, and at times there seems to be a disconnect between the staff and the product or its audience.

So my challenge for the next six weeks: build a strong and engaged user base for uFollow, try and get a tech evangelist or two to back the product, avoid getting blown out of the water by Google+, and develop a long-term HR solution so that Hindawi can manage and build the community going forward.

I hope all of my fellow eMBAs are well, wherever you are in the world, and sorry for being so long-winded!

Tips for decisive leadership in times of crisis – by Wharton Professor Michael Useem

By Michael Useem (reprinted from Under30CEO).

Imagine yourself in this position: Less than five months ago, you were summoned from the private sector to join a newly formed national government. Your background is in retail; now you are heading up the nation’s mining industry. You are abroad on a state visit, still working to come up to speed, when word reaches you from your home office that there has been a mining disaster — a cave-in deep below, death toll unknown, nearly three dozen missing.

Or envision this: For decades, your financial services firm has sailed along. Not only have revenues soared; your company has also earned a treasured AAA credit rating while creating an extraordinary wealth engine: a little giant of a division that insures against debt defaults, including subprime mortgages. Continuing prosperity seems predictable, but suddenly the market implodes. Subprime mortgages turn noxious. Lehman Brothers goes under. Your AAA rating slips to AA, then A-; and with the downgrades, you have to post billions of dollars in collateral that you simply do not have. This boat is sailing straight toward a roaring waterfall, and you are standing at the helm.

Or this one: The enemy has surrendered after a four-year conflict that has left more than half a million dead, and your army commander has assigned you to arrange one of the war’s crowning moments, the formal surrender of the enemy’s most venerated army. The tone, the texture of the ceremony, the formalities of receiving the enemy — they are entirely for you to craft.


These are not, of course, hypothetical or anonymous events. Laurence Golborne, the new mining minister for the Republic of Chile, was visiting in Ecuador on the night of August 5, 2010, when his chief of staff back in Santiago sent him a simple but urgent text message: “Mine cave-in Copiapó; 33 victims.” Twenty-eight hours later, at 3:30 a.m. on August 7, Golborne arrived at the remote site of the mining disaster in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. Soon, hundreds of millions of people around the globe would be witnessing one of the greatest mining rescues of all time.

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Winners of the 2011 Endeavor Awards announced

Last night, on the second day of the Endeavor Global Summit in San Francisco (#eSummitSF), the 2011 Endeavor Awards honored some of this year’s most impressive Endeavor Entrepreneurs and their companies. Out of an incredible group of nominees in each of the 12 categories, the following were selected as this year’s winners:

Highest Percentage of New Jobs Created in 2010: Atakama Labs, Chile

Most New Jobs Created in 2010: Globant, Argentina

Fastest Growing Company of 2010: Daniel Espinosa Studio, Mexico

Most New Revenue Created in 2010: Globant, Argentina

“Rookie of the Year” – Fasting Growing New Company Selected in 2010: Keepcon, Argentina

Country with Highest Portfolio Representation: Mexico

Country with Most Overall Attendees: Brazil

Emerging Market Mentor of the Year: Nicolas Szekasy, Argentina

Global Mentor of the Year (tie): Wences Casares & Diego Piacentini

Veuve Clicquot High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year: Leila Velez, Beleza Natural, Brazil

Endeavor Entrepreneur of 2011: Juan Carlos de la Llera, Sirve, Chile

Congratulations to these individuals and companies and the high-impact opportunities they have created.

Linda Rottenberg discusses emerging market entrepreneurship in interview with The Street

In an interview with The Street at last week’s New York Forum of business leaders and thinkers, Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg highlights the role of entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets. Read more about the panel entitled America, The Ordinary?, on which Rottenberg spoke.

Please click HERE to view the interview.

Interview transcription of Linda’s comments:

Endeavor operates in emerging markets around the world, so we have operations in Latin America, the Middle East, South Africa. We’re about to launch in Indonesia, looking at Poland. So we’re looking broadly at the Emerging Markets, and I think we’re seeing a few different types of innovations emerging.

One is what I call emerging markets parallels – or some people call them the Emerging Market Copycats. We have a company in Argentina that created the e-bay of Latin America, MercadoLibre and was able to take it public on the NASDAQ. We have, a friend of mine Fadi Ghandour, who created the FedEx of the Middle East created Aramex—took he that public on the NASDAQ.

What’s interesting is those companies—those entrepreneurs—are becoming the angel investors and the mentors for the next generation. So for example, in actually both Latin America and the Middle East, we’re seeing a lot of gamers and we’re seeing actually a company called Globant that’s doing all of the back end content provision for Disney, Electronic Arts. So you’re seeing content and gaming started from these countries but actually supplying U.S. companies.

The other thing is we’re seeing about 50 percent of the high-impact entrepreneurs that Endeavor supports coming not in high tech sectors, not in consumer internet. They’re looking at retail and consumer goods and making stuff. They’re starting in retail and consumer goods or supply chain companies, but they’re the engines of growth, and not only that: they’re looking not only nationally but internationally—a new phenomenon that I was talking about on stage in the New York Forum was the idea of E to E: Emerging Market to Emerging Market.

So I think that when we look at the next wave of innovations, I think of course Americans will still have LinkedIn and Facebook and Zinga, and we are not going anywhere. But I think we’ve got to be global from the start looking at these companies. It’s no longer this statement I heard in Silicon Valley: “It’s Florence in the Age of the Renaissance. Why would we look anywhere else?!” We have to look internationally from the beginning, and I think we are going to find some Emerging Market innovations that we then adapt back here.

Endeavor Entrepreneur David Assael on building the largest architectural community online

Endeavor Entrepreneur David Assael, founder of Plataforma Networks, started and continues to expand what has become the most popular architecture site on the web. With fresh content and relevance, an innovative and profitable business model and thousands of daily readers, the site has put Assael on the map – and literally has helped put new architecture on the map of cities around the world. The following article from the Chilean news source La Tercera (translated from Spanish) details the history and growth of the Plataforma Networks.

In five years, Platforma Arquitectura has become an online phenomenon with 50 thousand daily visitors.

An anecdote speaks to this success: One year ago, David Assael was invited to a conference in Israel. “One of the architects asked me if by any chance I knew of Archdaily.com. Clearly, I told him, I am one of the creators and I’m also a founder of Plataforma Arquitectura. He looked at me amazed. He couldn’t believe that these sites came from Chile and not Silicon Valley,” the founder of the two most visited architecture sites in the world recalled.

It all started in 2005 with Católica University grads David Assael and David Basulto’s first web project, Platforma Urbana, a site that brings together information on urban building and style and that after a year expanded to Platforma Architectura.

In a matter of months, the website that tried to put Chilean and Latin American architecture on the map became one of the most visited sites: from 14 daily visits to 50 thousand. Soon they decided to replicate their model, but in English, under the name of ArchDaily. The phenomenon continued, growing today to 200 thousands daily visits mostly among U.S. users. The company also expanded and now employs about 40 people in three offices in Providence.

“Since the beginning we had to be clear that the principle actors were neither the people who built the site nor the state that regulates it, but rather the people with the purchasing power who decide where they want to live. The idea is to inform and generate discussion about the problems of a city and the existing architecture,” said Assael. “Suddenly, we realized that we had become the source for architecture publications, students, professors and the general public.”

The site isn’t just about Assael’s taste and perceptions. After being published on the site, foreign and local architects and firms like Polidura, Talhouk and Drn Architects, have become known in the industry. David Barragan, an Ecuadorian, spoke to this: “There is a before and after Casa Pentimento on Plataforma Architectura. It was overwhelming. Publications started calling us, we were invited to conferences and workshops and we were even invited to participate in an architectural showcase in Abu Dahbi.”

The Role of Heritage
With the success of Plataforma Urbana, the site space Plataforma Patrimonio emerged as a place for people to discuss news and themes about how to rehab traditional neighborhoods and classic architecture. “Heritage is one area in which we don’t do very well in Chile. European countries didn’t give due weight to for a long time but then they realized that it’s vital to preserve their own culture and roots,” says the architect.
“The major problem today is that we don’t have the institutional framework required to regulate historic property. You can’t freeze the houses, so the idea is to identify, protect, invest in and improve heritage properties. Today, a person who has a home declared a heritage site must maintain it. He can’t sell it or improve it. The state should become more responsible,” said Assael.

So, as its first initiative, the site provided extensive coverage of Heritage Day, in addition to publishing articles related to preserving architectural heritage. The idea is to continue this conversation in a familiar language. For Assael, this has been the great contribution of his online projects and it will continue to be so: “We are not interested in passing the role on to someone else. We don’t want to become a fetish but rather a source of utility. We like to be an everyday tool.”

The architectural world appreciates this mentality. “We check it often, above all to be up on major themes and controversies. I like the definition they give: ‘The best architecture in the world, as soon as possible’,” says the architect Sebastian Gray. Meanwhile, Albert Tidy, Director of the Architecture School of San Sebastian University, highlights above all the “magnitude and freedom” of the medium: “It has become an essential reference for architects.”

To make the company sustainable, Assael and Basulto invented a profitable business model in which some 20 companies in the construction field pay to advertise their products on the web. “The architects need to know what the appropriate brick or cement for their work is. Now we are the intermediary between suppliers and architects,” Assael said.

For now, the goal of the architectural techs is to continue positioning their websites across diverse landscapes. So far, they haven’t done bad. In the last three years they’ve met with the king if Spain, Saudi Arabia and the president of Israel. In March, they gave a lecture at Harvard, and two weeks ago they were invited to the annual of the American Institute of Architects in New York. “More than creativity, the key to everything has been perseverance. There are many projects that start, last six months, and fall apart. We were focused for five years on starting and building this and now we will persist,” concludes Assael.

Stolen quotes from the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco

This week over 400 entrepreneurs, investors and innovative thinkers are gathering in San Francisco for Endeavor’s Entrepreneur Summit. Here are some “stolen quotes” and Twitter postings from the first day of the event. Thanks to Oriana Torres for compiling them on her blog and continue following the summit on Twitter at #eSummitSF.

“Talented people can from strange places.” – Guibert Englebienne, cofounder Globant

“The dynamic of VC industry has changed in the last two years. Build trust with people has become key for entrepreneurs.”

“Winning entrepreneurs in high risk markets are the ones who go global from day one.” – Dan Senor

“The entrepreneur summit is the perfect therapy for people called crazy”

“Use someone else money to start up companies. When you get good at it use your own. Nothing bad in that.” – Scott McNealy

“If everyone thinks you’re doing the right thing – then everyone would be doing it. Have a controversial strategy.” -Scott McNealy

“Forget about privacy! Most of the startups here in the Valley are about invading your privacy.” – Scott McNealy

“Be controversial. But the thing about being controversial, is you better be correct!” – Scott McNealy

“Invitation for all VCs thinking about going global, please think about settling in & building an ecosystem – not all money is green.”

“The top 15 IT firms in the US have $250 billion in excess cash. That is almost 1% of the worlds GDP. Hope they use it wisely!”

”Four trends in technology: cloud computing, mobile, social platforms, massive adoption of IT products.” – Marc Benioff

“NOT concerned about web ownership by a few. Dominant players constantly shift.” – Marc Benioff

“My personal opinion: while facebook is eating the web, twitter is saving it.”

“Innovation is a baton being tossed between intemporal entrepreneurial paradigms.” – Marc Benioff

“USA, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Aus&Benelux make 95% of enterprise software. Benioff mentions not location rather than where you sell!”

“Marc Benioff says Salesforce could not get VCs interested in early days, despite performance and connections.”

“Building one successful company is more exciting than serial entrepreneurship. Must stay focused.” – Marc Benioff

”If you are an entrepreneur you have to overcommunicate” – Marc Benioff

“Most things [Marc Benioff] learned in b-school are not applicable today. On the job learnings are key.”

“Start ups by definition are the exceptions to the rule, if they are successful” – Matt Cohler

“The give back rule: Donate 1% of your profits, 1% of your equity and 1% of your time.” – Marc Benioff

“Education for kids is a good market opportunity”

“A decisão mais estratégica que um empreendedor toma na sua trajetória é a escolha da mulher com quem terá seus filhos.” – Scott McNealy

“Raise $ when you can, not when you need, do due diligence on investors, make your startup connected to community with global mindset”

Veuve Clicquot to present the first High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit

Press release

Premium champagne house Veuve Clicquot today announced its inaugural “High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year” award, to be bestowed to one female Endeavor Entrepreneur. VSP Capital Founder and San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees will present the award during Endeavor Global’s 2011 Summit on Entrepreneurship. The winning nominee will be recognized for serving as a female role model in her country, as well as for her positive impact on the economy through job and revenue creation.

A leading supporter of female entrepreneurship worldwide, through 39 years of Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards in over 25 countries, the champagne powerhouse was originally founded by Philippe Clicquot. But it was his daughter-in-law, upon her widowhood (Veuve, in French), who, during the first half of the nineteenth century, brought renown to the brand by distributing it throughout the European royal courts while dramatically modernizing the production process, a true example of an early – the first – female entrepreneur.

Award presenter Joanna Rees is a Board Member of Endeavor Global, the leader of High-Impact Entrepreneurship worldwide. To date, Endeavor supports 603 entrepreneurs, 63 of whom are female. Joanna said that due to its iconic origins, Veuve Clicquot is an ideal partner for Endeavor. “As a female entrepreneur who loves working with female entrepreneurs, it gives me great pleasure to work with a company that shares a similar history and value system.”

The award nominees will come together with leading businesswomen and entrepreneurs from the Bay Area during the 2011 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit to celebrate female entrepreneurship. This networking breakfast will take place on Wednesday, June 29th, 8:00am – 9:00am at the Westin St. Francis. The breakfast will bring together leading women visionaries and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley & Endeavor including Vanessa Kay, President of Veuve Clicquot US; and Linda Rottenberg, Co-founder & CEO, Endeavor.

The nominees for the “High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year” award are:
Aytül Erçil- Founder of automated systems company Vistek, Turkey
Maristela Mafei: Founder of public relations agency Máquina de Notícia, Brazil
Cheryl Nesbitt: Founder of culinary education company Capsicum, South Africa
Ximena Patiño: Co-founder of geographic information systems (GIS) applications provider Servinformación, Colombia
Leila Velez: Co-founder of hair salon chain Beleza Natural, Brazil
Hind & Nadia Wassef: Co-founders of Egyptian bookstore chain Diwan, Egypt

For more information on the High-Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award, please contact:
Maggie Krummel
Email: Maggie.Krummel@endeavor.org

About Veuve Clicquot

“One quality only, the finest.” Times change, but the motto remains. Upon inheriting the small family wine business at the death of her husband in 1805, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin, Veuve Clicquot, then only 27, had the vision of a wine symbol of excellence and enjoyed by the political and financial leaders of the world. She invested to procure the best raw material possible, invented a new production process and conquered one country after the next. She single-handedly created the business model of Champagne, still true to this day, some two centuries later. In 1972, for the bicentennial of the House, Veuve Clicquot created its Business Women Awards, now celebrated in over 25 countries and counting on its solid network of 300 former winners. At the dawn of their 40th anniversary, the Veuve Clicquot awards, which now also include the Veuve Clicquot Initiatives for Economic Development in emerging markets, are reinforced with the first edition of the Veuve Clicquot High Impact Female Entrepreneur of the Year, in partnership with Endeavor and the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit.

eMBA Field Report: Off to the movies in Mexico

By Jacob Ritvo

Jacob is an MBA student at the Yale School of Management and is spending his summer as an eMBA with Cinemagic in Mexico.

Working in another language is hard. Basic skills that are second nature in English become taxing in Spanish—reading takes longer, listening demands greater concentration, and writing and speaking require considerable thought just to form a cogent sentence. Plus, there is the challenge of learning colloquialisms (por favor becomes porfa) and growing my business vocabulary (it turns out EBITDA is also EBITDA in Spanish). And yet, my first two weeks as an eMBA with Cinemagic in Puebla, Mexico, have been nothing short of wonderful.

With Don Lorenzo Servitje, founder of Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest bakery, at a CSR conference.

My first assignment was to prepare a series of presentations on Cinemagic’s business model and CSR programs—two for a pair of case discussions on Cinemagic with international students at IPADE Business School, plus one for a session on disruptive technologies and products that Roberto Quintero, the founder, will participate in at the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco. Researching and assembling the presentations proved to be a great vehicle for better understanding our business model, customers, and industry. Although I still don’t know

Cinemagic entrepreneurs, IPADE students, and Kung Fu Panda at our Atlixco, Puebla, theater.

Cinemagic inside and out, I know it well enough to now set my sights on tackling some of the challenges we face with regard to competitive, financial, and customer strategies.

Roberto and his co-founder Pepe Irigoyen have been gracious about including me in top-level meetings, seeking my opinions as a consultant and introducing me to the way business is done in Mexico. I’ve joined them at a pitch to investors, negotiations between Cinemagic, a real estate developer, and the mayor of a city where we want to build a cinema, a conference on social responsibility with business leaders from across Mexico, and the aforementioned sessions with IPADE students.

Roberto, Pepe, and my other coworkers have also been extremely welcoming and hospitable, taking me on tours of Puebla and neighboring Cholula, inviting me to break bread with their families, and introducing me to local culture. Tonight, we’re off to las luchas (Mexican wrestling) as an office, and there is much more interesting work and fun activities in store.

Forbes.com anticipates the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit

In a recent article article on Forbes.com, “Where Silicon Valley Meets Emerging Market Entrepreneurs,” Elmira Bayrasli discusses the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit taking place this week in Silicon Valley. Including thoughts from Endeavor Entrepreneurs Fatih İşbecer, Marc Dfouni, Nemr Nicholas Badine, Hind and Nadia Wassef, Wences Casares, and Endeavor CEO and Co-Founder Linda Rottenberg, the article highlights the role of Endeavor in supporting emerging market entrepreneurs and catalyzing investment communities.

The article quotes Egyptian entrepreneur Nadia Wassef, who in the midst of the country’s revolution and unrest, “likens the Endeavor Summit to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. ‘It is a place where you can play around with ideas, experiment, and renew your drive.'”

As Elmira points out, “It is also a place they’re looking forward to connecting with the world’s greatest business and entrepreneurial minds. With keynotes from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and LinkedIn founder (and Endeavor board member) Reid Hoffman, along with insights from top names from Google, Dell, Kleiner Perkins, Ning, and IBM – including Watson himself, Endeavor’s summit is a gathering of entrepreneurship and venture capital’s best.”

As more than 400 participants are currently gathering in San Francisco for the Summit which will begin tomorrow, there is much excitement and anticipation for the exchange of ideas. While the entrepreneurs look forward to guidance from seasoned start-up gurus, Fatih İşbecer adds, “I’m also looking forward for them to hear about what’s going on in Turkey.” He notes that it used to be that Turkish entrepreneurs, like those throughout emerging markets, could only learn from American talent. “Now they want to learn from us.”

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