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GloPal – Palestine’s Global IT Network – Connects The Diaspora For New Business and Development Opportunities

During my recent visit to Ramallah, I connected with Hanan Khaldi, Program Officer for PITA – The Palestinian Association of IT Companies.  Hanan shared the news about the organization’s latest initiative, GloPal, the Palestine Global IT Network. The idea behind the network is to provide linkages and opportunities for Palestinian companies, entrepreneurs, and IT professionals to connect with the Palestinian Diaspora,...

Codifying What’s Good (Part 2) My Video Tour Through i Village Gate / @Expotech2012

Here’s part two of my video tour through i Village Gate during Expotech 2012 in Ramallah. Notice a pattern here:  four Palestinian women university students with themes of green energy, open source, engineering, education, knowledge, solving problems, helping others, having fun, looking toward the future. This is just a sampling of the university students I crossed paths with during my week in Ramallah. Sure, I met many business leaders, who are doing great things today, but my biggest take-away from my experience in what I saw is that startup culture, technology and access the Internet has is a fundamental driving force that’s opening new opportunities and new mindsets for what can...

Yamsafer Delivers Cool Hotels, Great Pricing, Unique Experiences & Human Powered Content for Travelers to the Middle East

The beginning of this video sends a very powerful message: entrepreneurs like Faris Zaher like to first talk about the emerging startup ecosystem in Palestine, followed by a pitch on his company.  It’s a subtle, and important aspect of what I saw during my week-long stay in the country to work with PITA – the Palestinian IT Association of companies and to attend and speak at Expotech 2012. Check out Yamsafer’s site in Arabic and in English There are some really cool hotel properties that are reasonably priced, and in many cases, they offer bundled experiences,  concerts and events, that you’re not going to find on traditional online travel sites. Yamsafer has raised a Series A Round of $1,000,000.00 through Sadara Ventures. Next time you travel to the Middle East, land on Yamsafer first.    ...