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Waiting on the Internet of Things

Everyone agrees the Internet of Things will revolutionize our homes. But it’s not clear when this might happen. By Zeid Nasser Some find it hard to define, but the Internet of Things (IoT) simply refers to ‘things’ that are connected…

Crowdfunding Comes of Age

This article appeared in the June, 2014 edition of Venture.   By offering cash-strapped entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas directly to the general public, crowdsourcing is fast emerging as a major source of funding for Jordanian startups. By Elisa…

A Good Year for Online Industry

If you thought 2014 was an exciting year for doing business on the Internet, then expect 2015 to be even better. By Khaldoon Tabaza Last year will go down as a milestone for online businesses in the Arab world. It…

From Yahoo! to Vyu

After helping shape the region’s digital landscape through Maktoob, Ahmed Nassef now has his sights set on changing the way we watch TV. By Elisa Oddone Regional Internet pioneer Ahmed Nassef, who left his senior position at Yahoo last year,…

EMP Jordan in New E-commerce Push

Emerging Markets Payments Jordan (EMP) are set to roll out a new collection of products designed to boost the popularity of e-commerce in a country where cash is still king. EMP Jordan, which serves more than 20 banks and 18,000 merchants…

Uber Eyes Amman

Taxi drivers beware. Uber, the fast growing ride sharing service laying waste to transport business models the world over, is setting its sights on coming to Amman. The San Francisco-based company recently posted an online advertisement looking for a community…

How to (Really) be Innovative

When someone labels a new product or service innovative, it probably isn’t. By Robert Carroll Innovation is easily one of the buzziest terms of our age. It pops up all over the Internet, your boss uses it constantly in meetings,…

Yahoo to Close Office in Jordan

In a move that will come as a major blow to Jordan’s ICT ambitions, Yahoo, the tech giant that bought Maktoob for millions, has announced it will be shuttering its Amman office by the end of the year. Yahoo said…

Ever Cheaper Internet

Even though many of us enjoy nothing more than complaining about the ever increasing taxes and charges on our mobile bills, it’s hard not to begrudgingly admit that for most Jordanians accessing the Internet from smartphones, it has never been…

Tech Investing: Truths and Myths

The tech investment world is full of widely held, but wildly inaccurate beliefs. Avoid them and reap the benefits. Startup Jordan- Robert Carroll There’s no doubt that people are winning big by making tech investments. For example, several investors got mega…