Image caption: Leap partner Henri Asseily (right) and Farhad Mohit eating dinner in Farhad’s parents’ dining room while starting Bizrate.com in 1996. Their office was the greenhouse just outside. I got a call the other day from a young entrepreneur who’d heard we had started Leap Ventures, and that we’d invest in companies like his. Mistake #1: don’t call someone, send an email. In the email, you can structure your thoughts correctly, and you won’t be bothering that person who’s probably in a meeting and probably will want to send your info to the right analyst anyway. At Leap, send your pitches to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read More …
Hala Fadel and Noor Sweid talk to Forbes Middle East about what it takes to be a VC in the MENA region.
The Financial Times did a long writeup on female entrepreneurs in Lebanon, showcasing Hala Fadel’s decades of work as well as Hervé Cuviliez’s wife and partner in Diwanee, Delphine Eddé.
Our own Hala Fadel speaks to Forbes about why Middle Eastern Venture Capitalists are willing to invest now.
At ArabNet yesterday we announced officially the launch of our Lebanon Fund. ArabNet 2015 was a highly professional conference with great turnout, and we’re happy to be part of the entrepreneurship movement in the region, and Lebanon specifically.