Iran is a regional hub for some 150m people speaking farsi, and many more markets segmented by languages few speak or dare to explore. That's why we went there to know more about the local startup scene.
As the new reformist president seems to be relaxing Iran's stance on politics, the population breathes a bit more free and innovation pops up again. We attended the Startup Weekend in Shiraz, saw how Iranians were hacking the system to enjoy some liberties in a tightly controlled country.
We also took a look at their awesome diaspora, among which you can find eBay founder Pierre Omydiar, Dropbox co-founder, Youtube's CEO and a lot more bright engineers.
Because yes, Iran is above all a country of engineers, brilliant ones in most cases (they fill up 18 electrical engineering PhD candidates position out of 21 in Stanford!).
Of course, a lot of issues are still to be tackled, but if the actual trend keeps going, less sanctions, more diasporans coming back and more business skills rising up, Iran could be home to a new innovation revolution at a regional level.
In this review, we'll analyze the history of innovation in Iran, its strengths and weaknesses as well as its key players in the tech ecosystem and top startups.
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