Live Blogging From Global Technology Forum 2010 in Silicon Valley
#This the first post by Amir Kabbara, he is an entrepreneur and ArabCrunch Ambassador in USA, Amir is originally from Lebanon and now working with Microsoft in Seattle. Amir tried to live stream on ArabCrunch the event but some technical problems prevented him, however some video are at the end of this post: (PS: if you are interested in becoming ArabCrunch Ambassador in your City or country, please email editorATarabCrunchDOTcom your bio.)
We are attending Techwadi’s Global Technology Forum 2010 the event that brought together US and Arab investors and Venture Capitalist (VCs) at the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale, California, in Silicon Valley.
The energy is amazing and we are hearing about many success stories and the massive opportunities which exist in the Arab Region. The main topic during the discussions was how to encourage local VCs to invest in the technology sector (in all aspects, such as infrastructure, clean energy, education). The day with Saeed Amidi the CEO of PlugandPlayTechCenter and their experience in driving entrepreneurship, the head of Egypt Information technology development Agency and how Egypt’s Government is fostering Technology Innovation, the next session was directed by Karim Fahmy Director of Intel Capital, in regards to Investor’s perspective about the needs of the MENA region in-order to have a fertile entrepreneurial eco-system.
Mohamad Alzubi of Dubai’s silicon oasis explained in details what makes Dubai an attractive market to foster and launch startups. What Dubai has done is used Capital effectively for IT Investments and Infrastructure. Other speakers also emphasized the importance of good educational system and mentoring the young generation to encourage entrepreneurship; Jeeran was mentioned as a shining example.
Stay tuned for move live blogging later in few hours, Bassel Ojjeh Former Senior Vice President Yahoo, CEO of nPairo and lead investor at ArabCrunch, is scheduled to speak shortly.
(Disclosure: ArabCrunch is a media partner to the Global Technology Forum 2010.)