Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

HBS Alum Christopher Schroeder, a tech entrepreneur and an author will be talking about his interactions with entrepreneurs in the Middle East and will narrate their stories of solving problems, changing lives and building businesses.

Startup Rising : The Book

In November 2010, when asked to speak at one of the first mass gatherings of startups in the Middle East, he was stunned by what he saw. Over 2,000 entrepreneurs and investors were solving local and regional problems through their companies, and building world-class products accessible anywhere in the world. This began his journey to Amman, Beirut, Dubai, Doha, Cairo, even Damascus to find out more. His reporting on what he found in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, AllthingsD, Pando Daily, TechCrunch among others became the basis for his first book, Startup Rising (//


Christopher M. Schroeder is a Washington D.C. and New York City based entrepreneur and venture investor. He co-founded, one of the nation’s largest social and content platforms in health and wellness, backed by Sequoia Capital, Polaris Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Allen & Company and IAC Corporation. The company was sold to the health media publisher, Remedy Health, in January 2012 where Schroeder remained a board advisor. Previously he was CEO of washingtonpost.newsweek interactive and, the b2b interactive platform on US and state legislation and regulation that he sold in 2000. He currently is an active investor in and advisor to top US venture capital funds and over a dozen consumer-facing social/media startups. He has had a career in finance and served in President George HW Bush’s White House and Department of State on the staffs of James A. Baker, III and Robert B. Zoellick. He speaks regularly around the globe, and sits on the board of advisors of The American University of Cairo School of Business, the Jordanian incubator Oasis500, the Middle East online entrepreneur information platform and network He was named one of LinkedIn top 50 Influencers. Schroeder is also on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Germany, The Dean’s Board of the American University School of International Service, and member of the French American Foundation and Council on Foreign Relations. He graduated with honors from The Harvard Business School, and magna cum laude from Harvard College.

He has recently been featured in,

CNN by Fareed Zakaria (//

PBS by Charlie Rose



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6:30 PM, October 23, 2013

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