What a pioneering decade this has been ! Berytech was created right at the turn of the Century by visionaries at the Saint-Joseph University to be the first technological pole in Lebanon and the region that provides a conducive environment for the creation and development of startups, hence taking part in the economic revival of the country, participating in wealth and job creation, and retaining graduates and hi-level skills in Lebanon.
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Taking Pride in Contribution
During the past week, I was encouraged to take part in the Mowgli Mentorship Experience, an experience that I fully enjoyed until I was questioned about what I have learned. I was certain I learned something but it took me some time to frame it in the right words, you must hand it to Ian and Lynn who made the whole learning process feel so seamless.
To me there were two main highlights during those three days in the mountains. While discussing with the mentors and entrepreneurs I kept citing a couple of books I read a long time ago. The first is Mutual Aid by Russian evolutionary theorist Peter Kropotkin and the second is The Cathedral & the Bazaar by American computer programmer Eric S. Raymond. Both books, although almost a century apart and written in completely separate fields, touch on the notion of The Gift Culture. Read the rest of this entry →
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has decided to enhance competition and user choice via the introduction of new gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domains). The application for these new gTLDs will be open between January and April 2012 only.
For my first entry on this blog I was aiming to produce a piece that did not address issues around entrepreneurship or startups. Needless to say I have failed miserably. This just goes to show us that despite ones’ best intentions, our thoughts and concerns are viscerally linked to our environment and what we are exposed to on a daily basis.
The past month was rich in various events and activities aimed at entrepreneurs, there were a lot of memorable moments but the key moment to me was Elie G. Khoury’s contribution during a panel on social media week. His reflections on issues related to the development process and timing of deployment of Dermandar was of great importance and analytical precision. Elie’s words echoed a book written by Eric Ries entitled The Lean Startup. Read the rest of this entry →
With Berytech community growing we felt the need to create a platform where community members can interact, share news, knowledge and resources with each others.
After studying different platforms we chose WordPress which is an open source blogging system that acts also like a content management system. In addition it can be expanded to have social networking functionalities by adding the tools to help people communicate and interact. WordPress has a big community supporting it and offering lot of plug-ins to make it a very rich platform.
It is our pleasure to introduce to you Berytech’s new community blog. This site intends to bring together active community members from Mar Roukoz and Beirut, participants in our different programs as well as present and past tenants in a platform that integrates technology, community and internet cultures.
This blog will allow you to stay in touch with fellow entrepreneurs, and exchange business ideas, technical challenges and best practices in real time. It will keep you up to date with the latest technology and social media trends and keep track of Berytech’s active calendar.
You may also post your events and use this blog to enhance the visibility of your product, services and online marketing presence. Our short survey module allows you to get quick feedback from the community on specific topics you may research.
We can say so much more on this platform and its features, but we won’t!
Find out yourself and tell us about it!