Archive for September, 2010

Fourth Edition Of Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition Launched In Jordan

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The Queen Rania National Entrepreneurship Competition (QRNEC) is officially launching its 4th cycle for 2010 – 2011. This comes as part of the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship’s continued effort to empower Jordanian entrepreneurs to take their ideas or startups to the next level. The vision of QRNEC is to evolve and expand into a comprehensive entrepreneurship enabler, [...]

ContactCars Launches Arabic iPhone App For Egyptian Car Market

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

ContactCars, the Egyptian portal that provides news and car specs and prices in for the Egyptian market has gone on and launched an Arabic iPhone app for their service, aiming to make it easier for users to access the information they provide while on the go. The application, just like the site itself, provides a [...]

GoNabit Goes Live In Another Arab City With Deal In Beirut

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

GoNabit, the online group-buying platform, that was launched for the region from Dubai earlier this year, has officially launched its first deal in Beirut Lebanon, marking its expansion into the third Arab city for it, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Just like in other cities, GoNabit will be featuring deals that people can sign-up to [...]

Startup Pitch Session At MENA ICT Forum Organized By Microsoft And Oasis 500

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Microsoft Jordan and Oasis 500 will be organizing a Startup Pitch session during the MENA ICT Forum that is being held in Amman, Jordan on October 10th, 2010. During the Startup Pitch Session, around seven of the top Jordanian startups will present their ideas to Corporate Vice President of Evangelism at Microsoft, Mr. Walid Abu-Hadba. [...]

Khamsat: A Service To Buy And Sell Anything For Five Dollars

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Khamsat is a new service that takes another go at E-Commerce in the region; the site can be simply described as a marketplace for small services or goods provided at the low fixed price of five US dollars. In other words, it’s pretty much like an online 5 dollar store. Sellers can login to the [...]

YallaWain: A New Kuwaiti Social Dining Out Service

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

YallaWain is a new social networking service that was launched in Kuwait, and that revolves around the experience of dining out; helping people pick what places to go to and what to have. The service describes itself as a new way for people to mix and tip-off each other about the finest restaurants and top [...]

YallaStartup Weekend – November 12-14 @ Berytech, Beirut

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

A number of you must’ve already heard about the StartupWeekend event concept, which has taken place in 54 cities in the US and around the world, with Oman being the first Arab country to host a couple such events recently. YallaStartup plan to bring the concept to Beirut (Lebanon) too on on the weekend of [...]

MENA ICT Forum 2010: 30 Tickets To Be Sponsored By Oasis 500

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The MENA ICT Forum 2010 taking place in Amman, Jordan on October 10-11, 2010; which we previously announced here, is building up to be quite the event; but there’s been one little problem for entrepreneurs, and that’s the high attendance price, with tickets costing US$1000 for Int@j members and US$1500 for non-members. Oasis 500, the [...]

Don’t sell me features!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

I want to emphasize the importance of selling benefits, not features. Every business owner, marketing professional, or sales person needs to realize that their customers buy benefits, not features (although features can influence their purchasing decision and would act as the Reason To Believe or commonly known as RTB in the advertising lexicon). To understand [...]

Positiveness of uncertainty

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

It’s common to worry when we think of the future. It is like our brains, for self-protection purposes, are naturally preconditioned to consider all the negative things surrounding uncertainty. This does not only create doubt, stress and negative energy but it can also prohibit us from moving forward and taking actions. However, it is possible [...]

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