Myanmar has seen unprecedented growth in its technology and telecoms sectors over the last six years. This critical moment began when the government liberalised the telecoms sector in 2013, leading to a significant drop in SIM card prices, an explosion of smartphones usage, and an undeniable shift in the country’s economic and social fabric.
The recent Crunchbase News report on the Chinese startup venture capital market detailed a slowdown in the second half of last year, with the fourth quarter posting the country’s lowest reported venture dollar figure in 2018.
The evolution of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan has been impressive to say the least. It has grown from a state of non-existence 15 years ago to a multi-stakeholder industry that is fast being validated globally.
RJMetrics, the 10-person startup I cofounded with Jake Stein, had caught the attention of investors from New York and San Francisco. Bringing them on would mean a major inflection point for the company, but there was one question they asked again and again: Do we really want to do this in Philly?
With roughly two-thirds of its population below 30, Saudi Arabia is increasingly looking toward entrepreneurship as a tool for youth empowerment and a key to generating employment. The focus has turned to entrepreneurship because the GCC countries, which depend on oil income, currently face stiff challenges in the wake of crude price volatility.