iAUBERGINE

Gossip, insights, analysis and a few selfies from MENA’s startup ecosystems.

1
Dec

Queen Rania and other Super Stars

Amman
4:10 PM

Love coming home to Amman! The ICT MENA Forum in Amman was packed with friends and networking geeks, VCs and startup peeps. I was lucky as I had a full auditorium for my panel session on disruptive innovation… merely a consequence of everybody waiting for HRH and Queen Raina. Works for me. #starstruck

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Time to namedrop - Thrilled to see Numan Numan MD of Istanbul’s 212 who as usual had both jokes and investment opportunities up his sleeve. My dedicated Aubergine guide and dear friend Marwan Juma took Amman to a new level and introduced me to the Armenian cuisine. Heaven. Emile of Silicon Baida has always been a source of inspiration and we have a few new ideas to revolutionize the world of angel investors. BUT he’s now and for the foreseeable future in my black book as he shamelessly stole my aubergine… My best new friend has to be MD of Saudi media house Okaz – Hussein Shobokshi. It is always fun to have detailed, slightly obsessive conversations with a fellow techy, news geek. Bumped in to radio super star Randa @RandaKaradsheh #starstruckagain. My only real low point was when the hyped and uber cool ZINC robot chased me at the inauguration demanding, “Hug Me, Hug Me, Hug Me”. I got away unhugged. Rami – I like your metal friend’s Go Get It attitude but let’s teach him some manners! 

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Me and Randa

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