The Mideast's New Resource: Entrepreneurs

November 11, 2013

4:30pm - 6:00pm

Santa Monica


Christopher Schroeder, author of "Startup Rising"
Moderated by Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future



Amid the chaotic politics and widespread privation in the Arab world, a passionate cohort of entrepreneurs is striving to bring jobs, diversified economies and a culture of enterprise to the region. Christopher Schroeder spotlights their aspirations and achievements in "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East." Himself an entrepreneur, financier and member of the tech cognoscenti, Schroeder sees much cause for optimism as home-grown talent cross-pollinates with the venture investors and leading global technology firms that have made sizable commitments there, including Google, Cisco Systems and LinkedIn.
Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

At this Milken Institute Forum, the author will describe the entrepreneurial landscape in a range of Middle East nations. He'll explain how these intrepid and inventive trailblazers are overcoming the barriers they face, and how their efforts could transform the region's place in the world. Expert observers have lauded Schroeder's book for "shattering our stereotypes of the Middle East" and "brilliantly demonstrating that peace and prosperity is attainable for the region."

Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future, will moderate.

Christopher Schroeder Christopher Schroeder is an entrepreneur, venture investor, author and speaker. He co-founded, a leading social and content platform in health and wellness, now part of Remedy Health. In 2010, Schroeder was invited to speak and mentor at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship in Dubai, one of the Middle East's first major gatherings of tech startups, beginning the journey that became "Startup Rising." He has written about startups and technology in emerging growth markets for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, AllThingsD, TechCrunch, Pando Daily and Harvard Business Review. Schroeder speaks around the globe and sits on the advisory boards of the American University of Cairo School of Business, the Jordanian incubator Oasis500, and other organizations.
Peter Passell Jonathan Spalter is chairman of Mobile Future, which advocates for investment and innovation in wireless communications. Spalter has a long track record of building and leading innovative media, technology and research companies in the U.S, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. He founded the investment research firm Public Insight and was CEO of Snocap, a digital music licensing company. Spalter also held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal. During the Clinton administration, Spalter was associate director and chief information officer at the U.S. Information Agency. In addition, he served as an advisor to and spokesman for Vice President Al Gore.