Startup Rising
Fig. 1. Startup Rising. Courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Palgrave Macmillan published a book titled "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East" written by Christopher M. Schroeder.

Publication Data

Schroeder, Christopher M. Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN: 9780230342224.


A surprising look at the surge of entrepreneurship that has accompanied the recent uprisings in the Middle East, and why it's the new best place for Western investment and opportunity.

In the midst of the Arab Spring, another revolution emerged which promises to reinvent the region as a centre of innovation and progress: entrepreneurship. Travelling across the Middle East, seasoned investor Christopher Schroeder met thousands of talented, successful, and intrepid entrepreneurs, all willing to face cultural, legal, and societal impediments inherent to their worlds.

Equally important, he saw major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, and Living Social making significant investments, despite the uncertainty in the region. Here, he marries his own observations with the predictions of these tech giants to offer a surprising and timely look at the second stealth revolution in the Middle East - one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and progress.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Marc Andreessen
1. Celebration of Entrepreneurship
2. Work-Around – 'Entrepreneurship Isn't New to the Middle East'
3. The New Breed
4. Leap Frog 
5. The Ecosystem Builders
6. Start-Up/Turn-Around - The Education of a New Generation
7. The New Middle East: Women at the Startup Helm 
8. Religion and the Ecosystem
9. Not a Matter of Whether, But When

About the Author

Christopher Schroeder is an entrepreneur and angel investor. In 2010, he wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about the start-ups in Dubai, and was subsequently invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to judge a start-up competition in Cairo one week before Tahrir Square. He is on the boards of advisors of the American University of Cairo School of Business and regional start-up resources Wamda and Oasis500. He lives in Washington, DC.

To order the book online visit the Palgrave Macmillan website.