In New Book, Endeavor Network Member Chris Schroeder Highlights Emerging Tech Entrepreneurship in Middle East
Endeavor network member Chris Schroeder has published a new book highlighting the quiet revolution in technology entrepreneurship happening across the MENA region. The book, Start-Up Rising, is the product of dozens of interviews that Schroeder, an internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist, completed across the region. As part of his work, Schroeder — who spoke at Endeavor’s June 2013 Entrepreneur Summit and has served as an ISP panelist — includes interviews with key Endeavor MENA network members such as Fadi Ghandour and Arif Naqvi and two recently selected Endeavor Entrepreneur companies, Egypt’s Bey2ollak and Jordan’s Jamalon.
Schroeder traveled to Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul and Damascus and was impressed by the thousands of “talented, successful, and intrepid young entrepreneurs willing to take on political, cultural, legal and societal challenges.” Equally important, Schroeder saw major regional and international private equity firms, venture capitalists and global tech players like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, LinkedIn and PayPal making significant investments, despite the uncertainty in the region. He marries his own observations with the predictions of these 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 economic opportunity.