'Schroeder tells many inspiring stories of brave young Arab entrepreneurs- a surprising number of them women- who have had good ideas and made them work in the face of substantial odds' - Management Today "A refreshing break from the hackneyed analyses of the region that reduce its people to crudely drawn cultural cliches while ignoring the other things that motivate young Arabs (like people everywhere)" - Financial Times "Entrepreneurship isn't about just starting a business - it's a way of looking at the world. In this terrific book, Schroeder profiles dozens of innovators in the Middle East who are world class exemplars of this way of thinking. They're taking control of their lives, starting amazing businesses, and changing the world. There's no better guide to the Middle East's own Silicon Valley than Christopher M. Schroeder. Highly recommended."-Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller The Start-up of You '[Schroeder] paints a remarkable picture of the entrepreneurial shift going on in Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and other regions...illuminating.'-Publishers Weekly 'Here's a book that makes you think beyond the gloomy headlines about the Middle East - and see how smart men and women are building the foundations of a prosperous future. In Startup Rising, Christopher M. Schroeder takes readers on a guided tour of the entrepreneurial movement that has gone almost unnoticed as the Arab Spring shatters the old political order. By the end of the book you'll be rooting for these young business leaders and gutsy innovators to build the Arab 21st century.' - David Ignatius, columnist, The Washington Post 'Christopher M. Schroeder identifies the trends reshaping the Middle East from the bottom-up. He talks to the entrepreneurs at the cutting edge to reveal the revolution the media has missed - whether in mobile technologies, consumer products, or, yes, women eager to make their mark. This book is essential for anyone looking to understand - or invest in - the new Middle East.'-Karen Kornbluh, former US Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 'In this rich and incisive book Christopher Schroeder tells a fascinating tale about another Middle East, where new ideas, bustling startups, and promising ventures, as opposed to politics and violence, are shaping the future. A rare and eye-opening first hand account that provides a powerful explanation for why the Arab Spring happened, and why its future may yet be brighter than headline news suggest. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Middle East or how entrepreneurship and technology startups take flight.' - Vali Nasr, author of Forces of Fortune and The Dispensable Nation 'Startup Rising is one of the first to cover this very important topic: The young entrepreneurs who are the major driving force in the future growth and development of the Arab World.' - Wael Ghonim, Founder and Chairman, Nabadat Foundation, and author of Revolution 2.0 'Startup Rising is contrarian, as are many great entrepreneurs: His stories of people, innovation, and ideas in the Middle East are cautiously hopeful - a contrast to the grim news stories. Full of policy and investment insight, this is a bottom-up look at the new generation of tech entrepreneurs of the Middle East that are fast becoming their countries' greatest resource.' - Robert B. Zoellick, Former President of the World Bank Group, US Trade Representative, and Deputy Secretary of State "Interest in entrepreneurship in the Middle East has never been greater, which reflects the critical role that new ventures can play in catalyzing economic change in the region. This book provides a lively look at the individuals and institutions behind these exciting and important developments." - Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School and author of The Architecture of Innovation 'Christopher M. Schroeder has a message we should all hear loud and clear: To hell with pessimism about the Middle East. In Startup Rising, Chris's more than one dozen trips across the Arab world are woven together into a deeply personal and detail filled narrative of how technology can transform social and political orders from the ground up. He convincingly shows Arabs rich and poor seizing the moment, and converting centuries of entrepreneurial spirit into disruptive and positive energy. The startups rising in the wake of the Arab Spring will ensure that the region isn't left behind.' - Parag Khanna, international bestselling author of The Second World, How to Run the World, and Hybrid Reality 'This is one of the rare books that will change how you see the world. Christopher M. Schroeder brings to life the emerging Middle East entrepreneurial ecosystems, providing a powerful understanding of entrepreneurship anywhere in the world and specifically of the Middle East's emerging generation of questioning risk-takers.' - Marvin Ammori, Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, The New America Foundation 'Startup Rising shatters our stereotypes of the Middle East. You can just feel the dynamism bubbling up from below and sense the immense possibilities for the future. Schroeder's ability to tell this fascinating story of the breadth and depth of entrepreneurship in the region is stunning.' - James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service, American University 'Startup Rising powerfully articulates what we instinctively know to be true-each country, region, and society has the will and talent to determine its own future. Schroeder illuminates a Middle East poised for entrepreneurial growth, fueled by innovation, and ready to turn opportunity into impact and collective progress for both women and men.'-Alyse Nelson, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Christopher Schroeder is an entrepreneur and angel investor. In 2010, he wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about the start-ups in Dubai, and was subsequently invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to judge a start-up competition in Cairo one week before Tahrir Square. He is on the boards of advisors of the American University of Cairo School of Business and regional start-up resources Wamda and Oasis500. He lives in Washington, DC.