Author Archives: Venture Staff

Snapchat's Founder Evan Speigel

Venture Explains: Snap’s Mega IPO

What is it? Snap, the owner of Snapchat, the hugely popular vanishing messaging app, is expected to go public this month at a vertiginous valuation of around $25 billion, the biggest IPO for a US tech company since Facebook’s historic…

Al Hudhud's Cofounder: Shaima Al-Bishtawi

Succeeding Against the Odds: Al Hudhud, Creative Content for Children

Al Hudhud’s Cofounder: Shaima Al-Bishtawi Being a passionate mother who is always on the look out for a different Arabic creative content to provide for her children, Shaima Al-Bishtawi decided to take the lead, and start producing her own stories….

KAMA founder Jumana Jacir

Succeeding Against the Odds: Kama Local Gourmet

Kama Founder: Jumana Jacir When Jumana Jacir noticed a gap in the premium branding and packaging market, she decided to combine her passion and her own background as a designer to create her own startup. Jacir’s concept is to package…

Founder & CEO of Silkroad Images, Riham Mahafzah

Succeeding Against the Odds: Silkroad Images Inc

Founder & CEO of Silkroad Images: Riham Mahafzah After more than a decade in the advertising business, Riham Mahafza hit upon her big idea. While creative agencies regularly subscribe to large, international and expensive photo sites like Getty Images and…

Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com CEO

Amazon Scoops up Souq.com

Internet giant Amazon has decided to enter the Middle East’s nascent e-commerce market by striking a deal to buy Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com. The announcement of the deal, which was reportedly worth around $650 million, ended months of speculation about…

Atbaki

Succeeding Against the Odds: Atbaki

By some estimates, women only contribute around 15 percent to Jordan’s overall economy. So it’s no surprise they sadly remain widely underrepresented in the Kingdom’s business world. But despite the many hurdles they face, some female entrepreneurs have managed to…

AIG Female Leadership Conference

IDG Holds Workshop on Female Leadership

The Inspirational Development Group (IDG), a business consultancy, held a workshop for 43 women in Amman last month designed to develop female leadership skills so they are better equipped to improve their performance and face daily challenges. The two-day event…

Mohammad Ali Shahin, CEO of Joswe

Local Pharma: A Model Industry

Mohammad Ali Shahin wears many hats. He is the Chairman of the Jordanian Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Medical Appliances (JAPM), and is also the CEO of Jordan Sweden Medical and Sterilization Co. (Joswe) and the chairman of three manufacturers…

the head of the Private Hospitals Association, Dr. Fawzi al Hammouri

Hope in Health Tourism

This month, the head of the Private Hospitals Association, Dr. Fawzi al Hammouri, is organizing a conference designed to push Jordan even further up the global medical tourism league table. Al Hammouri believes we need more of these events to…

ADP

QAIA Hits Passenger Record in 2016

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) dealt with a record number of passengers during 2016. Annual passenger traffic rose 4.4 percent to just over 7.4 million, Airport International Group, the company that manages QAIA, said in a statement. Aircraft movement rose…