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Articles & Discussions

Here are some of our latest articles, discussions and talks. Have a topic or question you’d like us to cover? You can submit your request by clicking the request button below.

A Discussion on Data, Privacy & Ownership

People were up in arms when they found out about the Cambridge Analytica / Facebook debacle. Yet still people don’t read Privacy Policies, and too many people have a lackadaisical attitude towards data, privacy, and data ownership. While the law and regulatory frameworks may be evolving in different jurisdictions, we believe we are morally obligated to ensure we do not create a future that is unpalatable for future generations. We took the debate to Linkedin and an interesting discussion unfolded. Check it out and share your views.

Discussion on Artificial Intelligence & Intellectual Property

 

A recent article in Technology Review posed the question of whether AI can be an inventor. In principle, it’s a debate around IP law and whether AI can own ideas it generates. We posed the question on LinkedIn, where we had a range of perspectives ranging from lawyers to PhD students researching related subjects. It’s worth a read. Additional views always welcome.

  

Rethinking How We Frame Entrepreneurial Success Stories

We often hear ‘it’s a great company, they’ve raised $x’. We have long held the view this is the wrong metric, and recent disasters (e.g. WeWork, Uber and Theranos) have confirmed this. We thought it was time to peel back the layers on venture investing and what we should be looking at. Here is the article featured in Entrepreneur Middle East.

3 Skills You Need to Hack the Hype in Tech Investing

We have witnessed some really bad projects (and founders) getting funded. This is a problem for three reasons:

  • Capital is being burned
  • Impacts the available capital for worthy founders and promising applications of technology
  • The wrong thinking around technology can have dire consequences (remember Cambridge Analytica and Theranos?). 

The three skills in this article are like an anti-hype vaccination. If you’ve been burned on a tech investment, get in touch and we’ll help you create a decision-making framework to avoid the pitfalls in future.

 

A Closer Look at MENA Startups (2019)

 

Following on from the recent report on the startup scene in the MENA Region (well done to MAGNiTT and 500 Startups for putting this together), here we peel back the layers on some of the issues raised.

 

 

Discussion on Artificial Intelligence & Intellectual Property

 

A recent article in Technology Review posed the question of whether AI can be an inventor. In principle, it’s a debate around IP law and whether AI can own ideas it generates. We posed the question on LinkedIn, where we had a range of perspectives ranging from lawyers to PhD students researching related subjects. It’s worth a read. Additional views always welcome.

 

A Discussion on Data, Privacy & Ownership

People were up in arms when they found out about the Cambridge Analytica / Facebook debacle. Yet still people don’t read Privacy Policies, and too many people have a lackadaisical attitude towards data, privacy, and data ownership. While the law and regulatory frameworks may be evolving in different jurisdictions, we believe we are morally obligated to ensure we do not create a future that is unpalatable for future generations. We took the debate to Linkedin and an interesting discussion unfolded. Check it out and share your views.

Rethinking How We Frame Entrepreneurial Success Stories

We often hear ‘it’s a great company, they’ve raised $x’. We have long held the view this is the wrong metric, and recent disasters (e.g. WeWork, Uber and Theranos) have confirmed this. We thought it was time to peel back the layers on venture investing and what we should be looking at. Here is the article featured in Entrepreneur Middle East.

3 Skills to Hack the Hype in Tech Investing

Technology can help us tackle some meaningful problems. But it’s the thinking and capabilities of the investors that will determine which will see the light of day. We need to know what to look for and how to avoid FOMO (fear of missing out).

If you’ve been burned on a tech investment or want to avoid the pitfalls, get in touch.

A Closer Look at MENA Startups

Following on from a recent report on the startup scene in the MENA Region (well done to MAGNiTT and 500 Startups for putting this together), here we peel back the layers on some of the issues raised.

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