Here’s an interesting piece I found on Medium from Yasmeen Turayhi on the startup scene in the Arab world: What you need to know about the middle east startup space. She writes a lot about entrepreneurship, investing and tech in MENA. Good stuff – check it out!
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Re: that last post
May not be as much of a positive as I made it sound. Here’s what Michael Eisenberg thinks. Obviously this new plan from the Finance Ministry doesn’t represent all gross domestic R&D spending, but I gotta believe it counts for something
Reality TV star and all-around embarrassment to the human race Donald Trump is president of the United States, it seems the Russian government may have helped make it so, and this poor American kid was just evacuated from a North Korean jail in a coma after being sentenced to 15 years hard labor for taking down a poster. It’s unclear when this episode of Black Mirror that we’re evidently living in will be over, so we might as well make the most of it. That’s exactly what Israeli startup GeoQuant seeks to do. The company, which just raised $4 million in seed funding from Aleph, measures political risk in real-time, giving investors proprietary insight into how relatively unpredictable political situations around the world may affect markets.
Aleph VC’s Michael Eisenberg will join the board at GeoQuant. As Eisenberg explained to The Times of Israel, “Globalization of business and foreign direct investment is increasing while at the same time the world is becoming less stable. It is critical that businesses understand these risks and opportunities and prepare for them with real data, not punditry.”
GeoQuant’s software generates daily country scores and other indexes by scraping vast amounts of data, news, and content shared via social media content, which is combined with insight from leading political scientists and regional experts. Its Political Risk Scores and data streams for G20 countries have already been integrated into the Bloomberg terminal, and with this new funding from Aleph, you can expect to see their software popping up elsewhere as their backend grows.
As the world bursts into flames in the great garbage fire that is our crazy global political situation, the least you can do is make a little money out of it.
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