StartupQ8 Event Agenda

As promised the agenda of the 2nd StartupQ8 event is below, please give it a read:

Kindly share the agenda with anyone that you think will be interested to join our event. Remember the event is for free and everyone is invited to join. Now after you read the agenda please confirm you attendance here:

StartupQ8 Event#2

Eid Mubarak everyone. The next StartupQ8 event is getting closer and we are more prepared this time. Below is the event details:

Date: 7/11/2012

Time: 7PM to 9PM

Venue: Global Investment House – (Address here)

Talks and speakers:

1- What is the Lean Startup methodology? and why all startups around the world are starting to follow it? with Mijbel AlQattan, CFA and Head of Business Development at Cubical Services.

2- Let’s learn from Ghana. How did they achieve so much in such a short time? with Michael Szymanski Director of MEST incubator (A Skype Call)

3- Interview and Q&A with  Sulaiman AlTarrah the Co-founder of 965flowers.

On Monday we will post the full agenda.We will also post some of the questions that we will ask to Michael and Sulaiman. We can change or add questions depending on people feedback.

Big thanks to Global for offering us a full floor to support our event and thanks to Abdulaziz Al Loughani for making this happen. Also I’d like to thank all of the speakers that agreed to participate with us.

Related articles: StartupQ8 first event.

Failure = Success!?

Failures are the lights that guides you to success” , Abdullah Alshalabi

I know!! what an amazing and wise saying, right!!
It’s true, I believe the more you fail the better your chances to succeed in the future (check one of our previous posts Celebrate Your Failure).

I just read this great article in Wamda about an entrepreneur (Ibrahim Manna, co-founder of wheels express) that just shutdown his first startup. He talks openly and in public about the reasons of the failure and what can we all learn from his experience.  I really appreciate his courage talking openly about it (I actually sent him a thank you tweet for that). The article is a must read, you can find it here.

Smart People Change Their Minds

I just read this great piece of advice in TechCrunch from Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon. I think it’s something that every entrepreneur should read and understand.

“The people who are right a lot often change their minds……click here to continue reading

Interview With Yabila!

Wamda just posted my interview with Abdul-Rahman AlSayed the co-founder of  Yabila!. Everyone should read about this startup and their story, I think they are one of the few Kuwaiti startups that have a great potential to become a multi-million dollar business very soon. Click here to read the full interview in Wamda.


Give Before You Get

I started reading a book called Startup Community by Brad Feld. I was waiting for this book more than nine months now. The book is about how to establish an Entrepreneurial Community in your city.

I didn’t finish the book yet, but one thing that Brad kept repeating is the importance of following the “Give before you get” philosophy. The idea is to give without waiting for a return. The good part is, if you follow this principal you’ll always get something back without a predefined expectation, usually with something very rewarding.

This is what StartupQ8 is about, it’s about giving and helping each other without waiting to get something back. We will all learn from each other and if you help someone you’ll get something back sooner or later.  The StartupQ8 network will continue to grow and will only get more powerful with time. Everyone is invited to join StartupQ8. Wither you are a college student or a government official, a programer or an investor, a current entrepreneur or potential entrepreneur you are more than welcome to attend or help contribute to startupQ8 event or blog.

However, I want to make it clear that no one is going to make any money from participating in this event. I’m saying this because many people are asking me to make the next event a paid event and some other people are suspicious of my motivations (they always ask “what are you getting back from it?”). Two things I want to make clear:
1- The event will stay Free forever.
2- I don’t make any money from the event or the blog. However, I’m  gaining a lot of non-monetary return (I’m building a great network with investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, media…etc).

I believe in “Give before you get” principal and  some believe it is the secret weapon that made cities like Silicon Valley so successful. I think we should all adapt to this new mentality, otherwise we will never improve or move forward, NEVER.

Why It Only Takes One Billion Dollar Company to Build an Ecosystem

Wamda just put up my latest post. In this post I’m trying to explain a theory that demonstrates that to establish a Startup Ecosystem we just need one successful company that leads the way. Just imagine Facebook, Skype or Angry Birds was a Kuwaiti company, how is this going to effect the startup scene here in Kuwait? Please read the full article here.

This is a great book review by Steve Blank reviewing the book that I waited for more than 9 months called “Startup Communities”. If you don’t feel like reading the book, then please read his short book review.

Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” (Regional Advantage and Startup Nation) and one “must view” (The Secret History of Silicon Valley) for anyone trying to understand the components of a regional cluster.

There’s probably no one more qualified to write this book then Brad Feld (startup founder, co founder of two VC firms – Mobius and Foundry, and founder of TechStars.)

Leaders and Feeders
Feld’s thesis is that unlike the common wisdom, it is entrepreneurs that lead a startup community while everyone else feeds the community.

Feld describes the characteristics of those who want to be regional Entrepreneurial Leaders; they need to be committed to their region for the long term (20+ years), the community and its leaders must be inclusive, play a non-zero sum game…

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StartupQ8 in Numbers

Every 20-30 posts I share some numbers from StartupQ8. We already reached our 65th post and today is time to share some numbers with you all. First let’s begin with the top five pages and posts being viewed in Startupq8 since we started:

So the most viewed post was “Let’s learn from the Angry Birds“, this was a short analysis about the Startup Ecosystem in Finland. That post is also considered the most shared post (more than 40 tweets) and also drived our highest traffic in a single day (reached 614 views in one day).

Secondly, lets see where we get most of our referrals:

I was surprised that we get most of our referrals from Facebook, but then I remembered that happened because sometimes I leave comments in TechCrunch (using my facebook account) to drive some traffic to the blog 🙂 Twitter comes second and Google follows in third place.

Now let’s check where does most of our fans comes from:

USA is still preforming very well, I wish I get to know our frequent readers from USA. I’m also happy to see some frequent viewers from Finland and Estonia that stick with us even after the Angry Birds post. And I’m always happy to see my good friends in Greece and Uruguay continue reading the blog in a daily basis 🙂

Finally, let’s see how much we increased in terms of Average Daily Views. Honestly, things didn’t improve much since we started:

September numbers is distracted by the performance of two extraordinary days. I think without these days our average views will be around 60. I think we are improving in small, but solid basis. I probably need to spend more time in doing some marketing and social media stuff, but honestly it’s super hard to balance the time and effort I spend between my Startup and the blog.

It’s true that I’m not making any money from this blog, but I’m quite happy with the outcome till now. I met many great people (entrepreneurs, investors, team…etc)  and I think we are in the right path to reach our goal to create a Startup Community here in Kuwait.

I’d like to remind you that you can join StartupQ8 movement either as a guest or frequent writer in the blog or to give us an extra hand to organize our monthly StartupQ8 Event. If you like to join, please contact me at

Please subscribe to our email list (you’ll find in the right side bar) or through following us in twitter @startupq8.

Related articles: 

1- Trying To Be Transparent, Trying To Be Different

2- StartupQ8 Traffic Numbers

The 1st StartupQ8 Event Coverage is Up

Last Wednesday we had the 1st StartupQ8 event. It was a great event and I really enjoyed it and met many great people. I wrote a detailed post about it (maybe too detailed) and post it in Wamda. To check the post please visit or click here.
I have one request, if you went to the event please leave a comment with your feedback about it. Please write your honest opinion, don’t be nice, I promise not to take personally. Also if you have any suggestions for our next event, please let me know.

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