The sandboxes driving blockchain in the Middle East

It’s the most important tech breakthrough since the Internet and, in need of a place to push the limits of what it can achieve, blockchain’s leading pioneers from around the world are arriving to play in the GCC’s sandboxes. Perhaps…

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The reasons every investor should understand blockchain

Secure, transparent and efficient, blockchain is the breakthrough that is transforming equity, capital and investment management. In 2008, a financial crisis unprecedented since the Great Depression caused banks around the world to collapse and threatened to wipe out the global…

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Setting up in Saudi

On the back of almost a century of oil production, Saudi Arabia has become a wealthy and influential force on the global stage, yet to many it remains inaccessible. Now, with a millennial Crown Prince leading the way, the kingdom…

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Saudi re-wired: How KSA will use tech to transform

Saudi Arabia is changing. Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, Saudi Arabia is fostering a diverse and inclusive society and economy, underpinned by new ideas, new technologies and new ways of living.   Since rising to the…

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Cyber Security – No longer an option, but a necessity

Saudi Arabia is no stranger to cyber-attacks. In 2012, the Shamoon virus devastated Saudi Aramco in what Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta described as “the most destructive cyberattack on a private business”. Within hours, 35,000 computers were either partially…

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The secret to startup success

Photo credit: From left to right: Ivo Detelinov, Vice President & Head of PE Fund, Riyadh Taqnia Fund, Hasan Haider, Partner, 500 startups, Joe Peterson , CEO of Sure Inc, Promoth Manghat, CEO, UAE Exchange, Nicholas Watson, Managing Director, Naseba Economically…

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Boosting private equity and venture capital in KSA

Saudi Arabia’s high dependence on hydrocarbon revenues needs no introduction. However, in a quest to divorce from its traditional sources of income, the Kingdom is investing heavily in strategic sectors, including R&D, education, medicine and emerging technologies, while privatising many…

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