The emergent Arabian startup scene

Gary Sheynkman, a first generation immigrant (to the US) from Kiev, Ukraine living in Dubai who runs Leyden Ventures, interviewed by futurist Trond Arne Undheim. 

In this conversation, they talk about Arabian Tech. The Arabian startup scene. Accelerators and VC in the Middle East. Digital transformation of Arabic private equity approaches. Building a startup ecosystem from scratch. The Area 2071 initiative. The Middle East of the future.

The takeaway is that the future of Arabian tech looks promising, although still nascent. The startup ecosystem in the Middle East will undoubtedly emerge strongly as traditional industries start to expire and a transition will occur. For now, the Middle East of the future is a vision, a reality in the hands of literally a handful of entrepreneurs in a small subset of cities across the region, most notably in Dubai. Don’t count them out. Also don’t assume it will happen overnight.

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