Wuzzuf Secures Egypt’s Largest Funding Round, Led By European VCs

Ray:

Great job! Check out Wuzzuf, a happening online recruitment job site in Egypt. It just got funded by 2 VCs based in Sweden and the UK, check it out!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

BasharSoft, the startup behind leading Egyptian recruiting Wuzzuf, has spent the last 5 years surviving the turmoil of Egypt’s recent history. But it’s come through that to become a rare-commodity: An Egyptian company that has raised significant European VC cash. It’s just closed a Series A of $1.7 million from Sweden-based Vostok New Ventures and UK-based Piton Capital, in addition to previous investment from 500 Startups and Endure Capital. It’s probably fair to say that raising $1.7m in Egypt is closer to raising a $7m+ round in the US, to put that in context. Vostok are investors in Delivery Hero, while Piton are investors in FanDuel, both ‘unicorns’.

This also means that this is the probably the largest fund-raising round in Egypt for a very long time (obviously, there just isn’t that much historical data). This is also Vostok and Piton’s first investment in Egypt and also the…

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August 26, 2015 at 7:54 AM Leave a comment

Do startup names matter?

Ray:

Great read on choosing a name for your startup!

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Startup names may be a dime a dozen, but most founders still agonize over what to call their dream. Are they right to invest so much energy and time — or would any random string of letters be fine?

If anyone knows the answer, it’s Jonathan Nelson, who created the well-known startup incubator Hackers/Founders (aka H/F). A mainstay in the tech community, H/F spans 75 cities in 32 countries and throws events where entrepreneurs can network, hone pitches and gather advice. We asked Nelson for his thoughts.

Is naming a startup a big deal?

Founders spend a lot of time on it. It’s kind of like that question, “What do you name your band?” What if you name your band Mudhoney or Nickelback? It’s hard to change that name once you get a bit more popular, because the brand is so tightly tied to your name. You don’t hear of…

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August 3, 2015 at 6:22 PM Leave a comment

On Coffitivity and Pomodoro Cycles

Coffitivity

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It’s now been more than 3 years since I started working and/or studying in random coffee shops around town, mainly Espresso House in Stockholm. I don’t mean to advertise at all but it’s really one of those places that provide a cool environment for productive or social purposes. Coffee is great, free WiFi and… wait for it… great ambient mood for creativity. Turns out, this is a thing proven by science.

During the daily Interwebz surf routine yesterday, I stumbled upon an article explaining how to simulate a fake coffee shop ambient vibe to “boost your creative juices”. As the internet is what is, my curiosity led me deeper into that topic and it turns out there’s an 88-page, really boring, academic paper that supports the fact that people are more productive and creative in coffee shops, specifically with “a moderate (70 dB) versus low (50 dB) level of ambient noise enhances performance on creative tasks”.

This was kind of amazing to me since it would explain my conscious, albeit illogical, decisions to work in coffee shops despite it being sometimes being too crowded and/or having babies screaming their lungs out.. Subconsciously, my brain was telling me that this is better than a silent environment!

If you’re already thinking “this could be a good opportu…” there’s an app for that and it’s called Coffitivity. 

What the app does is simulate a fake “coffee shop” ambient environment through your speakers and into your head to give you that boost for whatever you’re doing. If someone had proposed that idea to me before, I would never have taken it seriously. The fact that it’s up, running and backed by science would have made me an idiot for thinking that. The name is creative, catchy and descriptive (along the same lines as Coffice ) and made me wish I had come up with this idea myself.

It’s available for iOS and Android devices.

Pomodoro Cycles

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An interesting technique is the Pomodoro technique.

It’s basically a very simple time management technique that provides a work-break cycle that, quite frankly, is impossible not to like. Your work is cut out into chunks with short breaks (sounds good already?) and at the end of it, you get to take a longer break.

cycle

The idea is that you work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, wash, rinse, repeat two more times and finally work for another 25 minutes and take a 15-minute (or longer) break.

Advantages of tomato-ing:

– Manage big, ugly tasks in easy-to-manage 25m chunks of time.

– Provides structure to ambiguous tasks.

– Psychological reward: Makes you sit your ass down and actually work by making you look forward to your break.

Disadvantage: makes you hungry by constantly reminding you of tomatoes (Don’t believe me?)

I Recommend:

– Trying to work in coffee shops that are half empty and not too loud, if you haven’t before. Try several times and see if that works for you before deciding.

– Trying the Pomodoro cycle with small tasks and expanding to bigger ones if it does it for you.

– If both are appealing, combine them and enjoy the results!

Hope you enjoyed the post. I wrote it in a coffee shop during 2 cycles and planning to stay here a while :)

April 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM Leave a comment

Facebook is now two entirely different businesses

Ray:

Very good read! Facebook is one of those intangible giants that will have a say, for better or worse, about our future.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Facebook had, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly said on Jan. 28, a “good” quarter. The company beat Wall Street’s expectations—bringing in $3.85 billion in sales—and now has nearly 1.4 billion monthly active users. But there’s a disconnect in Facebook’s business right now: Revenue is primarily coming from the US, Canada, and Europe, whereas user growth is coming from the rest of the world. As a result, Facebook is essentially running two businesses, but it seems to have a long-term plan to fold them into one.

Startups with a good idea tend to be in the business of first acquiring users, and then figuring out how to make money off of them. Think: Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and even Facebook itself. This is where Facebook currently is in the developing world, where over half a billion users access Facebook on a mobile phone. Many of these users don’t have smartphones, accessing Facebook Zero or simplified mobile…

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January 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM Leave a comment

Why doesn’t the WhatsApp web browser version work for iOS users?

iOS and Apple MAJOR FAIL

January 24, 2015 at 11:49 PM Leave a comment

Golden Globes 2015: See All the Winners

Ray:

Here are all the nominees and winners of the 2015 Golden Globes, as posted on TIME.

Enjoy!

Originally posted on TIME:

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Series or Mini-Series for Television

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television

Fargo (FX)
The Missing (Starz)
The Normal Heart (HBO)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television

Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Actress, Television Series — Comedy

Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Best Television Series — Comedy

Girls (HBO)
Jane the Virgin (CW)
Orange Is the New Black

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January 12, 2015 at 2:23 PM Leave a comment

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (Official Trailer)

Originally posted on SALONDELMAL:

Estaba anunciado para el próximo martes, pero a veces la red nos sorprenden. Ahora se filtró el tráiler de The Avengers: Age of Ultron. El mismo que fue exhibido en la pasada Comic-Con de San Diego, así es que si leyeron sus descripciones, ya saben lo que se viene.

Los Vengadores se reúnen, una iniciativa de Tony Stark sale muy mala y todo el mundo paga las consecuencias de ello. Porque una inteligencia artificial llega a la conclusión de que para salvar al mundo, los humanos deben morir. Chan, chan, chan.

vía Google Drive

Fotos vía RopeOfSillicon

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