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NYU Abu Dhabi Women in Computing Workshop

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A workshop hosted at NYU AD exploring women in computing in the arab world. The challenges & opportunities.

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NYU Abu Dhabi Women in Computing Workshop

  1. 1. a vision Women Entrepreneurship in the Arab Word March 4 2012 rama chakaki rama@baraka.aeSunday, March 4, 12
  2. 2. A personal account • Fundraising • USA • Keybridge - $60 Million 3 weeks (VC) • MENA Fundraising • zeedna - $500,000 3 years (F&F)Sunday, March 4, 12
  3. 3. Tech Venture Landscape • consumer internet & mobile apps • OTHER • infrastructure • software • hardware • servicesSunday, March 4, 12
  4. 4. connect.communicate.collaborate CONSUMER INTERNET: eCommerce & Augmented RealitySunday, March 4, 12
  5. 5. connect.communicate.collaborate SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT - GamingSunday, March 4, 12
  6. 6. MOBILE: ApplicationSunday, March 4, 12
  7. 7. connect.communicate.collaborate SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT - Science & EducationSunday, March 4, 12
  8. 8. connect.communicate.collaborate MOBILE: Messaging ApplicationSunday, March 4, 12
  9. 9. connect.communicate.collaborate SOFTWARE: Social Media PlatformSunday, March 4, 12
  10. 10. Challenges • entrepreneurs - Humility & poor self-promotion • investor profile • risk averse • accustomed to brick and mortar model • lacking industry knowledge • underdeveloped eco system • insufficient seed & angel investment networks • Majles recommendations • global pressure to invest in developed markets • family & society • advocating stability • time & priorities • social bias (cupcake business or if you are really serious.. graphics design)Sunday, March 4, 12
  11. 11. Opportunities • An eco system - Women centric everything • angel networks & vc firms • consumer internet & mobile • services • web design, custom software development, • e-education, digital agencies, • social venturesSunday, March 4, 12
  12. 12. what we must do.. • enable the powerful through tech • tell stories & celebrate success & failure • identify role-models • push them out to the world..Sunday, March 4, 12
  13. 13. connect.communicate.collaborateSunday, March 4, 12

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