Category: Interviews

Ignatius on ISIS

David Ignatius, the celebrated associate editor and columnist at the Washington Post, visited the Columbia Global Centers, Middle East in Amman last month to speak about US foreign policy and the crisis in the region. Ignatius has spent around 35…

Yemeksepeti Gobbles Up ifood.jo

Turkish online food ordering company Yemeksepeti has bought a majority stake in ifood.jo, the fast growing Jordanian startup offering the same sort of service. Set up by Zeid Husban and Omar Akel in January 2012, ifood.jo provides restaurants with instant…

Persistent Piracy

While software piracy appears to be gradually declining in the Kingdom, Microsoft Jordan’s Intellectual Property Lead Sana Jaser says it remains a serious problem. By Jane Hosking A survey recently released by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) revealed that software…

Beecell and a Changing Tech World

Beecell shows how mobile value-added services providers can stay relevant in a fast-evolving technology market. By Dina al-Wakeel  Gone are the days when we just used our mobile phones to send and receive SMS and MMS messages. On-the-go broadband technology…

Going with Go

Emad Morcos, senior vice president of business development and digital at OSN, talks about the network’s newest foray into the world of online viewership. By Sadad Talhouni According to research group Ovum, OSN is expected to roughly double its subscriber base…

Dashing to the Forefront

DASH Ventures is fast shaping up to be a major player in the venture capital field. By Sadad Talhouni Photography by Alaa’ al-Sukhny DASH Ventures is a micro venture capital firm that focuses on early stage investments. Since it was…

Valley Fund Ventures East

The Middle East’s startup scene is getting a $25 million investment boost from Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Fenox VC. By Sadad Talhouni Fenox Venture Capital is a Silicon Valley-based VC that provides early and growth-stage funding to emerging technology…

Look Who’s Calling

Millions of smartphone users in Jordan are turning to Truecaller to rid themselves of nuisance and spam callers. By Sadad Talhouni With 65 million users worldwide, Truecaller is easily the most popular of a growing number of apps that allow…

Solidere Soldiers On

Solidere, the developer credited with breathing life back into Beirut’s civil war-ravaged center, has struggled in recent years to weather the impact of continuing regional unrest inspired by the Arab Spring. But there are now real signs the company may…

Aramex: Delivering the Goods

After posting a set of strong first quarter results, Aramex’s COO Iyad Kamal says 2014 is shaping up to another great year for the logistics giant. By Dina al-Wakeel Aramex, the region’s largest courier company, recently reported a 14 percent…