For the first time in the history of modern day Lebanon, decision makers joined forces to represent the best Lebanon has to offer to the tech world.
The last time a high level delegation visited Silicon Valley, 15 years ago, the message was one of charity for the weak. This time, the Embassy of the United States in Lebanon, the American Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon’s Capital Markets Authority, Startup Megaphone, Berytech, Leap Ventures, MEVP, Phoenician Funds, Kafalat, UK Lebanon Tech Hub, the Lebanese Broadcast Corporation International (LBCI), Pepsi Lebanon, Firehorse, Salhab Partners Law Firm, and White Lab, delivered a strong message of unparalleled business opportunities in an exceptional frontier market. Embedded reporters and cameramen from LBCI, MTV, and An-Naharrelayed this message of hope back to Lebanon. #SVR16
Each and every institution and individual we visited was positively marked by our engagements and interactions – all circling back with uplifting feedback and requests for partnerships, collaboration, et al.
Lebanon is back. Bigger, faster, stronger, better.
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Day 1 – September 12, 2016
Google power lunch in Mountain View with half a dozen Googlers handling everything from Android Partnerships to YouTube and more.
Networking dinner in San Francisco.
Day 2 – September 13, 2016
Peerspace powerlunch discussing the share economy.
Site visit and design thinking case studies at Stanford’s d.School.
HIVE Demo (HANA Immersive Visualization Environment).
Private lunch talk on innovation in large enterprises with Jonathan Becher, Chief Digital Officer of SAP and technological singularity with Emeline Paat Dahlstrom, Chief Impact Officer of Singularity University.
SmartRecruiters CEO, Jerome Ternynck, sharing insights on how to solve one of the biggest challenges of any enterprise, small or large: recruitment.
Heather Blanchard, Director of Ecosystem Partnerships at GSMA, hosts a networking dinner for the Lebanese Delegation.
Early morning at AnchorFree, with Eugene Malobrodsky, co-founder & CTO, discussing the cat and mouse game of VPNs, and the importance of Internet freedom.
Private Facebook VIP tour followed by on campus lunch with partnerships, engineering, and section heads.
Discussion with Facebook IPv6 legend Paul Saab on next gen communications.
Meet and greet of Sprayable‘s co-founder Ben Yu, with a sampling of the new innovative Sprayable Sleep (melatonin spray).
Powertalk and Q&A with Marvin Liao, Partner at 500 Startups, on accelerators, seed investing, and startup culture.
An in-depth look at the intricacies of mobile game development with Lyle Fong of Hobo Labs.
Global startup ecosystem insights at Startup Genome, with co-founder Marc Penzel and president JF Gauthier.
The Gala Dinner brought together over 150 changemaking entrepreneurs, investors, and executives from around the world to celebrate the success of the Roadshow.